Born in France – Living and working in Montréal (Canada) since 2002. Already passionate about painting when she was very young, Virginie Bocaert chose to study fashion at École Supérieure de Mode de Paris. She graduated with distinction and started working in design but she could not resist the lure of painting. Her initial steps in the art world began with representations of the female body emerging from the canvas in an improbable, abstract atmosphere. In her oeuvre, in fact, nonfiguration is not opposed to the figurative but is simply another manifestation, that of the inner gaze, just as mental and physical are not opposites, they just are. The development in her work has taken her toward new mediums such as photography, performance and the wide range of digital elements that technology is now putting into hands of the artist.
An accomplished and celebrated painter, Virginie Bocaert`s style of artistic expression encompasses both realism and abstraction, creating work that gives the spectator interpretative freedom. The artist`s examination of the fragility between what is visible and invisible has up until recently been conveyed through her depiction of human subjects. Her most recent series of work, however, possesses the quintessential expressive, organic and abstracted manner of painting that Bocaert has become known for, all the while shifting her subject matter to florals.
Bocaert’s paintings have been shown in numerous solo and group shows, notably in Paris, London, Hong-Kong, Miami, Toronto, Montreal, New York, Florence (Italy) and Casablanca (Morocco).