Youri Cansell, known as Mantra, was born in Metz in 1987. While equally adept at painting humans as animals, Mantra is especially fascinated by entomology, the world of insects. Today, he paints exquisite murals, often of moths and butterflies, on urban surfaces where these ephemeral beings are seldom seen in the wild. With acute sensitivity to his surroundings, Mantra works to create organic relationships between his subjects and their environments. His renderings of infinitely varied species are always beautiful and scientifically accurate to the last detail. He usually depicts these creatures as lifeless specimens displayed in an exhibit case, a comment on lost biodiversity.