BIOGRAPHY

Céline GUINVARC'H was born on April 13th 1972 in Clichy near Paris.

Ever since she was a small girl, she had an affinity with the fine arts and she very early developed an artistic sensitivity in the field of the graphic arts.

At sixteen she started practising aikido and katsugen undo (the regenerating movement) with Régis Soavi at the Tenshin dojo.

Her father, a graphic designer and illustrator, was her first graphic arts teacher and at the same time she learned poster design with the poster artist Guy Mocquet, taking part in several poster competitions. She also followed a course in oil painting.

In 1990, after presenting the album showing different aspects of her work, she was hired as a model designer by the advertising agency Intertitres, a branch of DDB Needham. Soon she was assisting the Head of the creations department, replacing him when he was away.

It was in that period that she discovered the art of the kakemono, the traditional Chinese and Japanese mounting for paintings and calligraphies (now more commonly referred to as kakejiku), through the book by Claire Illouz Les Sept Trésors du Lettré*. She made her first attempts.

As she didn't have the opportunity to go to Japan to study with a master, she worked as an autodidact, taking as a basis the book by Claire Illouz as well as her experience as a graphic designer and her artistic sensitivity. This personal quest was also guided by her practise at the dojo and by the teaching Master Itsuo Tsuda conveyed through his calligraphies.

2000 and 2001 were eventful years :

an Italian journalist asked Céline to write an article about her approach and her technical know-how : The Kakemono, a traditional art, a philosophy, was published in the Arti d'Oriente magazine, Milan, June 2000.

From December to June, she held a workshop at the ADAC (Paris 6ème) with Claire Kito, for a group of students in Chinese calligraphy.

In May and June 2001, with three other artists, she took part in the exhibition Voyage dans un pays de papier at the Espace Hattori, a Franco-Japanese cultural centre, Paris 11ème.

By then her work was already quite well received, but she felt the need to continue her personal evolution in this art for a few more years before opening to a larger public.

In 2007, the Itsuo Tsuda School for whom she had been making kakemonos for many years, asked her to introduce to the basic steps in this art, a group of persons from the Paris, Milan , Toulouse and Ancona dojos.

At present, while continuing to make kakemonos within the Itsuo Tsuda School, she also does commissioned work for artists or private people. At the same time she is preparing a collection of personal creations.

* Literaly : The Seven Treasures of the literate man