Former university teacher of languages and literature. PhD in French Literature in 2001 at the University of Lund in Sweden. Between 2004 and 2012, managing director of the Swedish Student House at Cité internationale universitaire de Paris. Started painting watercolour in Stavanger, Norway in 1989 and, above all, in Copenhagen in the nineties. Took up painting again in 2007 in Paris with the group SWEA ART. Participated in the SWEA ART exhibition in Paris in 2007, in Brussels in 2008 and in Paris again in 2009, in London in 2011, at Kungsbacka Sweden (“Galleri Art On”) in 2011, at the Salon du Printemps of the Swedish Art Association in Paris in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. The Brussels exhibition was also shown twice at computerized art performances in China in 2008 – pictures and text reading. Exhibited at Illzach (Mulhouse), France, in May 2009 and in May 2010, and at the Salon du Dessin et de la Peinture à l’Eau at Grand Palais Paris in November 2009, at Giverny, France in June 2012.
Individual exhibitions at Örebro, Sweden (“Galleri 19”) in April 2010, at Närkesberg, Sweden in July 2010, and in September 2010 and May 2012 at the Cité internationale universitaire de Paris. In May-June 2011 at the “Bernadotte castle” at Savigny le Temple outside Paris (Domaine de la Grange la Prévôté).
Works in watercolour, pastel, acrylics and oil, mainly inspired by nature, its mystery and hidden forces, and the origin of man.
Recent exhibitions: Swea Art International at Cercle Suédois Paris, Oct 4 – Oct 12, 2012; Salon du Dessin et de la Peinture à l’Eau, Grand Palais, Paris, Nov 27-Dec 2, 2012; Cercle Suédois, Paris, Nov 22 – Dec 2, 2012; Galerie Mouvances, 2 Place des Vosges, Paris, March 5 – 10, 2013;Galleri Amare, Stavanger, April 6-April 10, 2013; Bergsgården, Närkesberg, Sweden, April 27/28 – May 1st, 2013; Illzach, Mulhouse, France, May 4 and 5; Swedish Art Association in Paris: Salon du Printemps, May 16-30, 2013; Galerie Etienne de Causans, rue de Seine, Paris, Octobre 8-12, 2013.
Grand Palais Art en Capital, Paris, Dec 4-8, 2013: Le Salon du Dessin et de la Peinture à l’Eau and Le Salon des Artistes Indépendants (wins ”La Toile d’Or 2013” awarded by the National Federation of French culture (FNCF) for the work ”In Lingonberry Time”,” exposed at the exhibition ”Art en Capital” at the Grand Palais in Paris in December 2013! (See page 2 www.viviannel.com); Swedish Art Biennial of Contemporary Art ”Séductions suédoises” at Nice Airport: Dec 3, 2013 – Feb 28, 2014 – see ”Exhibitions” for details. Illzach, Mulhouse, France, ”L’Art au coeur de l’Europe”, in May 2014 (Honorary Guest Artist); Swedish Art Association in Paris at the Swedish Club, May 22 – June 12, 2014; Adelsö Hotel, Adelsö, near Stockholm, June 14-15, 2014; Sept 25-28 ”Konstnatten” Art Fair in Falköping, Sweden.
Wins ”La Toile d’Or 2015” for ”The Wave of Time”, awarded by the National Federation of French Culture.
Autumn 2014: Nov 6-9 Montmartre, ”Jacqueline”, 53 rue Rodier, Paris 9: ”Ombres et Lumières” (8 Swedish Artists); Nov 27-Dec 3 at the Swedish Club in Paris with the Swedish Association ”Norra Vätterns Bild- och Formkonstnärer”; Nov 25-30, Le Salon des Artistes Indépendants, ”Art en capital”, Grand Palais, Paris
2015: Galerie Beauté du Matin Calme, Nov 5 – 17, 2015, 54 av. de la Motte-Picquet, 75015 PARIS, vernissage Nov 5: 6 pm – 9 pm. Opening hours: 11 am – 7 pm except Wednesday. Grand Palais, Paris, ”Art en Capital”, Salon des Artistes Indépendants, 24-29 nov 2015 and in February 2018. Carrousel du Louvre October 2018.
2016: April 29 – May 1, Open workshop exhibition, Sundskullen, Öjetorp, Sweden; Askersunds Konsthall (Hamnmagasinet), July 1- August 7, 2016 (art jury); Höstsalong Norra Vätterns Konst och Bild Konstnärer, Sjöängen, Askersund, Sept 3 – Sept 25, 2016
Question often asked: ”How do you create a work of art?”
Vivi-Anne: ”It can be a sudden inspiration, something I experience or see: the atmosphere of a landscape, a meeting, a movie, a poem. Everything that affects me emotionally. It may take a long time before I feel ready to start the interpretation, to sink into the feeling I want to convey. Creating a painting requires full commitment, rarely easy, one has to have the courage to go out on unknown roads, go beyond the well-known, to experiment, be prepared to start all over again. When it succeeds, it’s a lovely feeling!
I am often inspired by nature, our different seasons, different times of the day, different weather, sky, water, fog, wind, rain, storm, sunshine. There may be flower beds, meadows, lakes and forests, the sound of streams in the spring.”
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