Hello Marie-Lou where are you from ?
I grow up in a small city of south of France, and now i’m based in Marseille ( when you grow close to the sea, you can’t be far of it ! )
Are you primarily an artist or do you have another job ?
I started to work as an art agent 10 years ago. i had few galleries in the south and i moved a lot in France and elsewhere before i realized that i’d want to be myself an artist. Since 3 years painting is my full time job, and live by what your create is the most fantastic job in the world !
How did it all start ? (when you were a kid ? At school ? later ? )
I grow with an artist mom, so i guess it’s in my blood … But when i was young it was not my dream to be a painter. I try to be a singer, and my dream was to be a psychiatrist for children. But i stop school at fourteen so it was a short dream ahah .
Painting came to me when i came back from a long trip in Asia, i was so depressed to came back in France… so i started to draw.. it was 4 years ago.
Are you only painting murals ?
I mostly paint on canvas or wood or paper. Painting and pasting on walls started 2 years ago only.
Would you describe yourself as a painter or street artist ? …
I’m a painter 🙂
Where do you find your inspiration ? I’ve noticed you paint a lot of portraits.
Yes i’m really passionate by women since so long ! for now i’m focused on their portraits.
My inspiration comes from all the people that i meet. I have a photographic memory, so when something or someone catch my attention it stay in my mind until i draw it !
where can your murals be seen at present?
In Paris , front or the Maurice Ravel international center, and in Belleville outside the Barbouquin café on the Denoyez street. And until end of may at Le Point Ephémère i have a big one !
In Murcie ( South of Spain ) My most bigger ( 7m high )
And in London i have few portraits around Bricklane and Shoreditch , but they could be ephemeral.
Did you collaborate with other street artists ?
Yes ! i love that ! Last year i started to collaborate with people, because of Instagram … with this app it’s so easy to meet people. The first one was Jordane Saget aka J3 ( from Paris ), after it was Matttieu ( from Paris ), and Eddie Colla ( From Oackland USA ) , Noon ( from Montpellier ), and the last one is Ardif ( from Paris) . And it’s just the beginning !
Is there any street artist you would like to work with ?
Oh god yes ! So many … ahahah the list would be too long….
Have you had any gallery exhibitions in the past ?
Yes , many , in Marseille i have a permanent exhibition in the Gallery Adaoust . In Paris i always have few painting in Le Lavomatik . And between those i made collective exhibition quite often.
Actually i’m in a collective exhibition until the 31 of may at the Maurice ravel international center in Paris. ( Only women artists on this one )
Is there a city or a place you dream to paint ?
yyyyyes! In Montreal at the Mural festival ahahah ! But i would love to paint quite everywhere its warm and sunny
Do you have any particular artistic projects in the future ? Walls, exhibitions, events ….
Yes… always! i will make a wall in Vitry this summer, no date for now but i will announce it soon. And in june i have few paintings for a collective show in Le Lavomatik in Paris.
This summer i will mostly stay in Marseille in the studio to prepare beautiful women for the Gallery Adaoust. And in September a wall in Barcelona for a collaboration…. ihih .
Who are your favorite artists ? Painters, street artists sculptor etc …
Romain Froquet is my favorite !
And i’m fan of Jakson pollock, Jacques Villeglé, MadC , Etam Cru, Théo Lopez, and so many others….
Is there anything else you would like to share with us ?
yes, Thank you for this english moment 🙂 and see you soon around the world !
All photos by Courtesy of Manyoly