Biography: Biographic summary of the artist painter Arlette Steenmans was born in Mechelen, Belgium and completed her studies at the "Karel de Grote Hogeschool voor schone kunsten", the high school for art in Antwerp, the historical residence of famous painters such as Rubens and Van Dijck. Here Arlette graduated in 1980 specialized in painting. In 1982 she left the country of the old traditional Flemish masters, for the sunny Provence in Southern France, country of Vincent Van Gogh and other painters in search of new inspiration. Over the years Arlette Steenmans won several awards with her paintings, including the International award of painting, Cannes, France and her work has been at exhibitions and art galleries in several cities of Belgium, France, Montecarlo, Switserland and the U.K. Her unique art decorates homes and offices in many countries worldwide. The oeuvre of Arlette Steenmans covers the period from 1978 to the present, most of the paintings being produced since the nineties, as the outcome of spontaneous inspiration prompted by feelings aroused by accidental events. Her deep love of nature explains why animals and often insects, occur in many of her paintings, sometimes as a way of catching the eye, sometimes as an enigmatic detail. We often see strange worlds in the paintings with lifelike animals in unreal scenery. Sometimes the spectator's eye is deceived by a masterly trompe-l'oeil. Due to the pinpoint-sharp detail of the painting, combined with its ingenuity, its originality and the whimsical nature of the imagination, the artwork of Arlette Steenmans is highly distinctive. The international recognition of Arlette as wildlife-painter is very well reflected in the numerous presentation dedicated to her work on the Internet. Visitors are recommended to find more information on the internet. Watercolor painting courses are also organized at the artist's Art Studio in Europe (France and Italy) where students enjoy private courses with a professional artist-painter.
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