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Cécile Blanche Koé Betsi

THE ARTIST

Cécile Bekolo Koe is a Canadian artist born and raised in Cameroon, Africa.

Combining her African and Western cultures infuses her work with a special vision and constitutes a distinctive dimension.

Carried by her emotions and dreams on the current of her life’s journeys and experiences, Cécile has been drawing and painting since childhood.

Through her work, Cécile expresses her positive vision of the world – her joie de vivre and cheerful spirit filled with joyfulness, gladness, exaltation, delight, rejoicing and serenity.

With exquisite finesse, Cécile’s paintings – mainly in gouache, watercolour and ink on paper – illustrate the artist’s attention to detail and perfectionism through vibrant colours that inspire joy.

Intensely sensitive to her environment, Cécile finds inspiration in fauna and flora, in women and their world, the blending of cultures, her African roots, in music and everything in life related to plenitude, grace, hope and evolution.

Despite the problems facing the world day after day – the wars, famines, cataclysms and epidemics – through her artistic approach Cécile aspires to make people aware of the importance of emphasizing joie de vivre in the process of improving the human condition.

Her works are meant to act as catalyzers of the joy, wonder and light that allow people to experience their full measure of resilience and – like the phoenix – to rise from the ashes. Thus, throughout her creations, Cécile aspires to transmit this joie de vivre and inspire those who contemplate them, with the aim of contributing however so humbly to their well-being.

“From Joy, I was born. In Joy, I abide, and to Joy, I shall return.”
Sanskrit proverb

That sums up and renders the essence of Cécile Bekolo Koé’s work. She invites you to discover her creations.

 

MAIN EXHIBITIONS

  • April 28 to May 1, 2011, at the Centre socioculturel de Brossard, Brossard, Québec
  • November 10 to 25, 2009, at Blanche’s Gallery, 50, rue Batibois, Bonapriso, Cameroun
  • 2006 to 2008, permanent exhibition at Blanche’s Gallery, 50, rue Batibois, Bonapriso, Cameroun
  • 2002 to 2005, permanent exhibition at Blanche’s Gallery, 467, avenue du Général de Gaulle, Douala, Cameroun
  • November 24 to December 24, 2001, at the gallery Les Amis de Marie-Laure, 6, avenue Joffre, 92250 La Garenne-Colombes, France
  • December 7 to 21, 2000, at the gallery Accueil et Rencontre, 66 bis, rue Saint-Jean, 69005 Lyon, France
  • May 25 to 31, 2000, at the Hilton Hotel, Yaoundé, Cameroon, under the auspices of the Minister of State for Culture
  • December 7 to 15, 1999, at Le Méridien Hotel, Douala, Cameroon
  • November 8 to 20, 1999, at the Centre culturel français St-Exupéry, Libreville, Gabon
  • November 12 to 20, 1998, at Le Méridien Hotel, Douala, Cameroon

EDUCATION

  • McGill University, Montréal (Canada) graduate courses in management (1990-1993)
  • Université de Montréal (Canada) Bachelor’s degree, Sciences politiques (1989)
  • Champlain College, Ottawa (Canada) Secondary School diploma – Arts (1986)

TRAINING

  • Calligraphy, with the Société des Calligraphes de Montréal, 2010
  • Stained Glass, at the Studio du Verre, Montréal, 2009
  • Framing, at Encadrex, Montréal, 2009
  • Framing, Libreville, Gabon, 1999
  • Calligraphy, with Trudy Novack from the Société des Calligraphes de Montréal, 1992-1993

CAREER

  • 2010-2012: Independent artist, Brossard, Québec
  • 2001-2009: Director, Blanche’s Gallery, Douala, Cameroon
  • 1995-2009: Exhibitions of her work in Africa and Europe