Caroline Desnoëttes is a visionary and environmentally conscious artist whose understated, contemporary technique has helped her explore the co-evolution of living things over the past 25 years. The hybridization of plants, human beings and other animals is the focus of her eye-catching work highlighting spaces and species under threat.
She utilizes ink and paper in a way that stretches their physical boundaries. Her large-scale drawings are freed from the wall’s surface to take on a suspended, twisted, crinkled or other appearance. Her drawing displays are a monumental play on transparency, permeated by light and life.
As spectators/audiences become immersed, their motion and life influence the artwork. Paper flutters and colors come alive. Caroline’s work resonates with the architecture and scale of her commissioners.
The work of Caroline Desnoëttes also constitutes research. She works with bio-acousticians and marine circular economy specialists as a means of rooting her artworks in an interdisciplinary and collective ecological process.

« Have you ever felt a bit animal or vegetal? I do...»

1984 : she graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris in painting. She lives in Paris and works in her studio at the Entrepôts Frigorifiques at Quai de la Gare, and then at the Hôpital Ephémère, previously the Hôpital Bretonneau transformed in studios for artists.

1985 to 1992: Publishing of newspaper drawings

1994 : she often organizes exhibitions and her works pass under the hammer of the auctioneer at Drouot. At the same time, she becomes the exclusive designer of the brand Paule Marrot. Then, she creates her own design and styling agency, Ddesign

Since 1996 : alongside her activities as an artist and designer, she publishes books about art at the RMN and Albin Michel Jeunesse. Around 30 books exist nowadays, awarded and translated in English, Chinese, Korean, Brazilian, Spanish, Portuguese, Galician, Catalan, and Italian.

2003 et 2007 : the Museum of Fine Arts of Houston calls on Caroline Desnoëttes’s talent for two publications dedicated to the collections of the Museum, in order to present and promote them.

Since 2005 : she starts new projects in the animation field. She creates a graphic bible and produces the cartoon Les SanSoucis for children, broadcasted in several countries: in France on Cap Canal and TPS Star; in Japan on Disney Channel; and also in Brazil, South Africa, Portugal, Slovenia, Denmark, Hong Kong, and in Korea. An application has been developed in order to continue the cartoon experience with an instructive game.

Since 2008 : she pilots the project Nature Animée supported by sponsors. She is at the side of hospitalized children to help them creating a cartoon on the theme of Nature. These works are broadcasted on TV, on the Internet and on cinema festivals: www.natureanimee.fr.

Since 2010 : she conducts several workshops, training sessions and meetings for the public in libraries, media libraries, schools, museums, hospitals and prisons.

Since 2014 : with the association Sur Un Lit de Couleurs, she organizes workshops for the children of the hospital of La Croix Rouge of Margency, in cooperation with several museums in Paris: the Louvre Museum, the Musée d’Orsay, the Jacquemart-André Museum, the Musée Rodin, the Petit Palais Museum, the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, and with the support of the RMN and the Auberge Ravoux in Auvers-sur-Oise: www.surunlitdecouleurs.com

2019 :

  • alace of Versailles, Versailles: MESSY AND STYLED, WIGS OF VERSAILLES partnership
  • Tropical Aquarium at Palais de la Porte Dorée – Paris: OCEANOCIDE installation
  • Museum of hunting and nature - Paris : CONTINUUM Special visit

2018 :

  • Departemental Museum Albert & Félicie Demard, Champlitte castle - CHAMPLITTE : WALLS & WONDERS, A WALLPAPER exhibition
  • French Department of Culture – Paris: RODIN & MOI Partnership
  • Museum of hunting and nature - Paris : Special visit DIANE & ACTÉON ! NOÉTCA & ENAID
  • Angoulême's museum : HYBRIDES & VOUS ! exhibition
  • Church of the Frères-Prêcheurs & FLAIR Galerie – ARLES : GRANDEUR NATURE exhibition

2017 :

  • Departemental Museum Albert & Félicie Demard, Champlitte castle - Champlitte: Special visit SAFARI GRAPHIQUE
  • Museum of Hunting and Nature - Paris: HYBRIDES & VOUS ! Special visit
  • Musée Rodin - Paris: RODIN & MOI Partnership

2016 :

  • Exhibition of "panimaux" for the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle at Paris plage
  • Exhibition at Tenon hospital - Paris
  • Special visit at Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature - Paris
  • Exhibition at the cultural center of Villeurbanne

2015 : Exhibition at Angoulême's museum

Caroline desnoëttes has never stopped painting. In her studio, she works on paper or canvas where the human figure and nature experience delicate and singular restructurations.

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