Cécile Cantèle was born in Saône-et-Loire in 1966. Even if she was just 10 years old, the young artist assiduously attended the drawing school of Chalon sur Saône. At the time, the subjects of her first drawings were built around wild animals. This theme will not cease to occupy her imagination. Later on, the motifs and designs that she elaborated for illustrious haute couture houses will testify to this craze.Hermes, Celine and Scherrer were particularly captivated by her creations.
After studying art in Paris, Cécile Cantèle traveled to the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany to soak up new influences. During her travels, she decided to share the singularity of her artistic sensibility. For that, she elaborate frescoes and trompe l’oeil in private homes. For her, it is then a revelation.
Very committed to the animal cause, Cécile Cantèle has been a member of the WWF since she was 12 years old. Her work focuses on the preservation of animals, especially those in danger of extinction. The artist creates paintings of children and wild animals. The landscapes they inhabit are commonly cities in ruins. Only graffiti, which she qualifies as parietal art of modern times, evoke the trace of man on the environment. Moreover, Children and their animals thus appropriate this world, now spared from the cruelest of predators. Cantèle presents this articulation of children and animals as a symbiosis: here, the fetish animal is a companion and acts as a guide. All in all, through her militancy, Cécile Cantèle’s art aims to make us aware of the future of our humanity.
Find her work in our Marciano Contemporary galleries.