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Painter Biography

Virginie Houdet was born in 1957 in Nantes, France, into a family of artists.
Her grandfather, Jean Bouchaud was elected member of the Academy des Beaux Arts, France.
Today, she lives and works in Paris and in Chicago.

Passionate about visual Arts from an early age, she began photographing her world and explored cartooning, 2D, 3D, etching, engraving and mapping. She perfected her skills in movies … editing, special effects, directing, and finally becoming the source of the image by shooting video.

From the 1990’s, she studied painting with Véronique Masurel at Atelier des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris, reconnecting with her family heritage and finding her personal voice between painting, editing and film directing.

In 2017, she draws a deck of 52 cards, combining the black line and her research about form, colour and plastic composition.

Her favorite abstract painters are Malevich, Sonia Delaunay and Klee.
The Louvre nourishes her, inspires her, stimulates her creativity and imagination. She copies the old master’s painting and just discovered Art of the Ancient Near East.

Her first exhibition took place in Paris in 2008.
Her work belongs to numerous collections in France as in USA, England, Canada, China.
She is nourished by the previous, embarking on a poetic adventure in the present. 


Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Paris,
Atelier des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris,
Ecole du Louvre, Paris.

SOLO Exhibitions

September 2017-January 2018 "Partie de cartes" Théatre de la Reine Blanche, Paris 18°, France
2017- In residency @ Ateliers40- 49 350 Les Rosiers sur Loire, France.
PopUp show One day only 2016 July 29th@ Tom Robinson Gallery, Chicago, IL USA https://www.facebook.com/events/1227501903926559/
June 23rd- July 23rd 2016 Alliance Française de Chicago] IL, USA
December 2015 At 760 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL-USA
September 2015, Pop-Up Gallery " La Favela Chic", Paris XI°, France;
April 2015, « L’Hareng Crisse », Pouilly-sur-Loire, France;
August 2010, « Au toit bleu » île d’Orléans- Québec, Canada;
May 2008, « La grosse Mignonne », Montreuil, France;
April 2008, « Premier jus », Paris,France.

GROUP Exhibitions

Oct 2019 Open House at "&Max atelier" Montreuil, France
Oct 2018 Open House at "&Max atelier" Montreuil, France
July-Oct 2018 CONFORT ET RECONFORT Chateau de Sainte Colombe en Auxois 21350 Ste Colombe en Auxois www.arcade-designalacampagne.fr
May 2014 ,18 rue Bezout, paris XIV°
October 2009, Open House at "&Max atelier" Montreuil, France
March 2009, Expo week-end at Frédérique Piot.