Aleksandra Bouquillon, born in 1976 in Warsaw, Poland, has spent almost half of her life in France.
She got interested in visual arts quite late, too late to be able to follow the classical cycle of artistic education, as she was past the scholarship age to enter the Beaux Arts school in France. However, she has not given up and has continued her own research as a self-taught painter.
As a result of continuous research and improving of her painting techniques, using almost only the painting knives,she found her own original style, which is still subject to continuous evolution process.
Deliberately, her choice was not to interact directly with the "here and now",the time and space coordinates. As an alternative she is proposing a kind of parallel realities, which she calls "abstract landscapes". Some of them might look familiar as they are connected to the traditional ways of perception, other are completely abstracted from the realistic vision of the world. She is targeting to reach people`s universal senses and emotions which are independent from the geographical, social or political conditions.
In continuous search for the powerful and fresh means of painting expression she tries to avoid the "already said and seen”. For this reason she sometimes describes herself as an outsider by choice. She also escapes any classification. Her work might be described as located in between of reality and imaginary, or between the abstract and the figurative. The final choice is left to the Spectator whom she considers the equal partner, having the full right to his/her own lecture of a piece of art. There should be not one but many ways to read the painting, and this freedom should always be left to the viewer.
Her works are in private collections in Poland, France, Italy, UK, Spain, Poland, Tcheque Republic.
Main influences : François Dufrêne, Jacques Villegle, Simon Hantai, Max Ernst