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Celine Armache was born in Africa, RDC, in Kinshasa, from a Lebanese father who died 8 years ago, and a French mother.

Their origins are part of my education, as the father of my father used to work in his land, and by transmission, we had the chance even in Lebanon, to live around olive trees and all kinds of nature. Indeed, living next to animals, and plants, gave me harmony, in my silence. My father taught me silence too, when, worry, he used to tell me to sit hours next to him, keeping quiet, till I get fine.
I lived a depression, that gave me the opportunity to study art therapy because I believe everything is learning in life.
However, I had no time to cry, on myself, caus I was a workaholic, and full of life. I step away from editing work and went to art researches.
My art in 3 words: carnivalesque, African, and inspired by Giacometti.

Hi Celine, tell us a few words about yourself. When did you begin doing art and how did you start?

Celine: Hello! First, I define myself as a woman. Doing art. The feminine world is for me different from the masculine world. The sensitivity we have is more fragile, however strong we feel mentally.

So, I took courses in art, in 1995, I was 15 years, at Saint-Germain-en-Laye, a suburb of Paris, with an old lady, who died a few months later. I was practicing watercolor and gouache.

I don’t find myself happy with watercolor, I don’t really feel that transparent texture is part of my character.

You say you work mostly with acrylics. What are some advantages and what are some difficulties working with acrylics?

Celine: So I started acrylic and oil. But terebinthine isn’t great. What I like about acrylic, is the way the texture evolves with the hand. It can be smooth, regular, sleek, or irregular. And it drys quickly.

The only difficulty is shaping the structure precisely, with white, silver, or gold, copper, black, it depends.

What is a day like working in your studio? Do you have any rituals that help you get motivated or “ in the zone”?

Celine: In my house, cause I left my studio, I don’t drink alcohol while painting. I have to be calm. If it happens I am upset, I can’t start painting. I have to be quiet. But some noise outside is ok. I don’t need exclusive silence.

My ritual is I do a sketch first. And I prepare in my mind how to do my background.

Tell us a bit more about how since a young age living in harmony with nature influenced your art? Also, what have you learned from your father that helped you with your art today?

Celine: I love cities, but I don’t like artificial paradises or getting a social image for self-esteem. Nature let me close to natural behavior.

I learned from my father to listen, so that reality comes to you better. It helps a lot to simplify your ideas. Because the more they are simple, the more people can “feed” from you.

Your art is very unique, and you describe it in 2 words. Carnivalesque, African, and inspired by Giacometti. Why Giacometti, and what’s the most challenging part of your artistic process? And how do you overcome it?

Celine: Giacometti and its figures and statues led me to a human vision in art. He never knew what he was searching for. But he was working.

I followed this aspect of the paint, work and you will find art and society like part one reality, that means, give a particular perception.

The challenge in my art is to stay between reality and abstraction, but with harmony. So the painting needs lots of researches, before being born.

How do you keep your ideas fresh?

Celine: Well, in art, there are paintings you have to do, like landscape, the sea, your self-portrait, (mine is “the act”) a bouquet.

And there are paintings to reveal your perception. So, in my real life, I search for what can “outdoor” my perception of aesthetics.

What is your favorite artwork you’ve done so far, and what are you currently working on?

Celine: My favorite artwork I have done is my self-portrait “the act”. Caus you have to act, be yourself and try your best to give something positive before you die. So an act is a hard responsibility.

I worked lastly on an artwork called sweetness. The hand is small and dirty, and it raises a finger like a plant. And the background is green. This is my hope, for what we say in french “ la douceur de vivre”, the sweetness of life. I’m on holiday for now.

What is the best way to reach people that are interested in your art?

Celine: My best way of reaching people is my surroundings. Friends doctors working in hospitals, and people by Instagram messages.

Do you see your art as serving a purpose beyond art?

Celine: Beyond art, I wouldn’t say that. My vision is an aesthetic vision of reality. It is structuralist, logical, and lyric.


What’s next on the horizon for Celine?

Celine: I wish my art in a museum. Still, I sell my art to doctors, or by social media, as it relaxes the eye, and the mood.

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