The gallery MX has just announced a solo exhibition with the painter Raphaëlle Séguin. You may have already seen hers humorous and positivist characters on our walls at the Montreal gallery or even in several galleries in Canada and the United States. For a little more than two years that this young artist began her professional artistic career that attracts the attention of the international collectors. Her character leaves no ones indifferent. We decided to meet her and ask her questions in order to better know the artist and her smiling characters ????
Who are you and what do you do?
I am Raphaëlle Séguin and I have been working as a full-time painter for the last two years. I still have to pinch myself sometimes to believe it. Every day, I realize how lucky I am to do what I do. It is so meaningful to me that I cannot envision retirement.
How did you got involved in art?
As far as I can remember, I’ve been interested by art and everything related to arts. I discovered paint through my college training in arts and crafts and I’ve been passionate about it since.
What type of art best describes what you do?
I like to think that my art cannot easily be labeled. However, if I must, I guess I would describe it as representational with a playful side. I have fun creating an array of colorful, emotional characters that, I hope, reach people.
What is the most meaningful moment of your career?
Having the opportunity to exhibit my work in France through the “International contemporary art fair” at the Caroussel du Louvres, in Paris, was unforgettable. I feel so lucky to have been part of such an incredible event.
What’s your favorite artwork and why?
Without referring to a piece in particular, I love everything the Austrian ex-painter and illustrator Stefan Zsaitsits does. He uses his talent to create fabulous characters that seem to live in a bizarre, parallel universe. His work amazes me
Describe a real-life situation that inspired you?
It would be hard to find a specific moment. It could be a person, an emotion, a color, a melody… I am often inspired when I expected it the least; life never ceases to surprise me
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
“Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde
What do you do in your spare time?
I am a yoga devotee. It has a magical effect on me, both physically and mentally. I cannot go without it and I rediscover its benefits daily.
Your Happy Place?
Anywhere in nature fills me with infinite bliss.
What Instagram account do you think everyone should follow
I like to follow the Canadian author and poet Rupi Kaur. I find her to be very interesting and enriching. Speaking of her, here is one of her quotes; it describes my feeling towards art:
Is not about many people
Like your art
If your heart likes your work
If your soul likes your work
It’s about how honest
You are with yourself
What is your dream project?
To have my artwork seen around the world, to continue to develop my creativity and to evolve as an artist.
Name three of your favorite artists
Irena Aizen, Serkan Akyol and Peter Doig.
What are your professional goals?
To never cease to evolve in my art; to grow daily and to life it fully. To share my positive outlook and perspective of the world to as much as possible and to continuously surprise people.
Pick a Smile, Tout Sourire, a solo exhibition by Raphaëlle Seguin at Galerie MX from June 13 to 26, opening reception 14 June.