Born in 1970 in Washington, Kolé, whose real name is Mylène Collet, is an American visual artist who now lives in the South of France.
It is in contact with other painters that Kolé develops his artistic style. She will do her first work and research in Shlomo Lévy’s studio in 1990, a crucial step for Kolé, who will reveal herself in painting at this time. She will then benefit from a real springboard being selected at the Salon de Montrouge to represent France. With this new experience, she took the direction of the Camargue to join the studio of Pierre-Marie Brisson in 2005, then returned to the United States in 2009 in San Francisco, where it is closer to its roots.
Kole offers a real journey through his paintings. His father being a State Marine, he transmitted to him the taste of adventure and escape. Through his travel stories both on the high seas, in Africa and in the Pacific Islands, he rocked his imaginary epics. A strong legacy that pushes the artist towards an exacerbated openness, being particularly sensitive to encounters with others.
Kole’s work thus feeds on human relationships and interactions between them. His work focuses on the collective memory, the footprint of man and his trace on earth. She then paints in a very intuitive and impulsive way, on the floor. It is the present moment that it values, in opposition to a constant and frightened flight towards the uncertain future.
His paintings are submerged by phantasmagorical beings, white souls who walk. White is for Kole a revealer of colors and symbols. It also highlights the plant elements and nature that take root in collages and paper assemblages, mixed with Indian ink and acrylic.
Today the artist is presented in several galleries in Europe.
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