Joëlle Kem Lika

 
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Biography
 

I was born in March 1955.

I spent my childhood and adolescence by the Atlantic Ocean, in Lacanau Océan near Bordeaux, where I picked up my love and inspiration of the ocean, the forests...
The appeasing wild that I already liked to draw.

At age 20, I moved to Paris and went to art school : Atelier Albers for two years... I wanted to become an interior designer. Simultaneously I discovered psychology, psycho-analysis and sophrology, that became a passion as well... I deciced to become a psychotherapist and had a practice in the heart of Paris, the Marais district, until June 2006.
I have continued to draw and to paint all these 25 years... and studied with several painters, participating in numerous training classes.

At age 40, a country home in Burgundy near Chablis allowed me to go back to art school : Beaux Arts in Auxerre... Ten years of sheer joy.

In 2000, I have decorated my office and painted very very big poppies. It was a great success... : I got my first proposal for an exhibition in Paris.

I ended my therapist career in 2006 at age 51 to become a full time professional artist. I started a new life and concentrated on my passion for painting, the second passion of my life.

After a number of exhibits all over France since 2000, I have created my own contemporary art galleries :

  • March 2007 in Burgundy near Chablis, in the studio of my country house and later that year I bought the village café and turned it into an art gallery.
     
  • In 2009 I have opened my studio in Lacanau by the Atlantic Ocean and in 2011 I had an extension built.
     
  • In February 2010 I have opened my gallery in the heart of Paris, near Les Halles and the bustling Montorgueil street.
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