Pierre Paul Maillé was born in Montreal (Canada) in 1962. He has lived and worked in West Berlin since 1988. He painted the abstract work “Je me souviens” (“I remember”) on the Berlin Wall.
Maillé’s painting “Je me souviens” (“I remember”) is dominated by a dark blue rectangle in front of an orange-coloured background. The clear, angular shapes contrast with the apparently random dots and lines scattered across the painting. Looking closer, these can be seen to form groups and patterns. The blue area resembles an aquarium of goldfish. With this painting, the artist addressed the issue of borders. In 2009 he retouched his painting.
Maillé studied visual art and art history at Concordia University in Montreal and sculpture at the Université du Québec à Montréal. In 1991 he became assistant to the Berlin artist and graphic designer Willibrord Haas and started to focus on etching. Since then, he has produced abstract watercolours, acrylic paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, and ceramics as well as numerous etchings.