Belgian-born artist Joëlle Storet moved to the United States via Austria in 2001. She took inspiration from a young age from Belgian comic books and the influence of one of the foremost novelists of the Congo in the 20th century, her grandfather Zamenga Batukezanga. She has since transmitted her Afro-European style and thematic expositions to the thriving artist community based in Northwest Arkansas. Storet graduated of the University of Arkansas with a background in Cultural Anthropology, Semiotics, Linguistics and Art History. Her bold palette and multifarious interests have allowed her to communicate her history through paintings, graphic designs, murals, and a whole host of other mediums. The emblematic connection/divergence between her African roots and her African American experiences is the thoroughfare on which she is currently exploring. She now considers Arkansas her home and has been happily living in NWA ever since.
Storet graduated from the University of Arkansas with a background in Cultural Anthropology, Semiotics, Linguistics and Art History. She has had works exhibited in Fayetteville, Bentonville and Little Rock, Arkansas, USA, Vienna, Austria and Berlin, Germany. She is an accomplished emerging artist, painter, graphic designer and the current Gallery Manager of Art Ventures NWA as of October 2016
About the Work
I was inspired at a young age by Belgian comic books and heavily influenced by my grandfather, Zamenga Batukezanga – one of the foremost novelists of the Congo in the 20th century. The emblematic connection/divergence between my African roots and my African-American experiences is the thoroughfare on which I am currently exploring. I try to capture this using a bold strong selection of color with emphasis on posture and form. Painting and drawing my own interpretation of this heritage and the world around me has always been my passion.
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