artist painter

biography

Adele Mosonyi was born in Great Yarmouth in 1955. Daughter of musicians, she grew up in New York where she studied painting with Jean Liberté from the age of 9. Her family moved back to England in 1965. She has been living in Paris since 1973 and her studio is by the Flea Market in Saint Ouen. She has just acquired a seaside studio in Normandy overlooking the Pollet in the port of Dieppe.

She studied drawing and painting at the Beaux Arts Academy in Paris (Plin, Gorbato, Matthey), after majoring in Philosophy and History of Art. She has exhibited in various group shows (Washington DC, Salon d’Automne, Salon du Dessin et de la Peinture à l’Eau, Comparaisons at the Grand Palais, Musée de Luxembourg, Cannes, Mantes-la-Jolie, Montgeron, Nice, Saint Ouen, Dieppe) and has participated in several local French festivals (Carré d’Art de la Goutte d’Or, Diables Bleus, Festival de la Cour Saint Pierre, Festival au féminin, Galerie l’Art & la Paix).

She has collaborated with both French and English-language poets (Sylvie Chastain, David Galler, Myriam Mason, Marc Vaution). Invited in 1995 by the Poetry Society of Montgeron, her first one-woman show in 1995 was entitled Demolition Sites, Walls, Bookscapes. She returned to the human figure with The Hanged (2001-2003), focusing more on women with Whores (2003-2008) and Mothers (2007-2009). She has lately been exploring female icons in mythology from a contemporary feminine perspective:  Medea, Medusa, Demeter & Persephone, Medusa & Pegasus, Leda & Swan, Persephone & Hades … recently revisiting literary figures such as Caliban and the everyday concerns of humans in series such as Mother & Babe and Man & Woman.

Regular visits to China have contributed to the artist’s evolution and  aesthetic vision. Her use of chinese ink in association with other media aims for a more dynamic cohesion between lines and colours. Travels around Europe and Morocco have had considerable impact on the artist’s palette, extending her chromatic range and developing her sensitivity to a wider variety of colour tones. This has enabled the artist to produce serial studies of the same themes  over the years as in suites of musical variations. Colour determines the pulse of each composition, enabling the lines and forms of the motif to breathe and come to life.

STUDIES:
1976-1983     Ecole National Supérieure des Beaux Arts (Drawing & Painting)
1973-1978     University of Nanterre Paris X (BA degrees in Philosophy & History of Art)
1978-1980     University of Nanterre Paris X (MA in Colour Aesthetics)
SOLO EXHBITIONS:
2019          'Caliban's World', Art Café, Dieppe
2018          'Récits', Musée du bois et de la marqueterie, Revel
2018          'The Gorgons', Paris Anim' Solidarité, 19ème
2017-2018     Collages at RAMO's, Beijing, China
2017          'Whores on cardboard' at Cousine Mumi, Courtomer, Normandy 
2017          Recent Paintings, Paris Anim' La Chapelle, 18ème
2014-2018     Graphic Work at Meteopole, Hyderabad, India
2010          Permanent exhibition at Cousine Mumi, Courtomer, Normandy
2009          Festival au Féminin, Mothers, le petit Ney
2009          Paris 18ème, la Cartoucherie/l’Epée de Bois: Mothers  
2008          Festival au Féminin, Whores, le petit Ney, Paris 18ème
2005          Librairie Folies d’encre, Saint Ouen
2004          Collectif des Diables Bleus, Nice : Whores 
2003          Le petit ney, Paris 18ème : Collèmes (collages/poèmes by Sylvie Chastain)
2002          Studio Open Day, Saint Ouen : The Hanged
1997          Cour Saint Pierre, Paris 17ème
1995          Centre Jean Hardouin, Montgeron: Demolition Sites, Walls, Bookscapes 
1994          Galerie l’Ancien et le Nouveau, Paris 18ème
1994          Cour Saint Pierre, Paris 17ème
1992          Cour Saint Pierre, Paris 17ème (février et juin)
1991          Société Générale, Neuilly sur Seine
1990          Cour Saint Pierre, Paris 17ème
1989          Société Générale, Agence Centrale, Paris 9ème

GROUP SHOWS:
2019           Art en Capital: Comparaisons 2019 (Hors les normes)
2018           Salon d'Automne (Mythes & Singularité)
2018           BDMC ASIA TOUR (Tokyo - Seoul - Beijing)
2018           Art en Capital: Comparaisons 2018 (Hors les normes)
2017           Art en Capital: Comparaisons 2017 (Hors les normes)
2015, 17       Salon des Artistes & Sculpteurs Dieppois
2006           Artistes pour la paix au Liban, Galerie l’Art & la Paix, Saint Ouen
2004           Exposition inaugurale de la Galerie Art & Paix, Saint Ouen
2002, 03, 04   Salon de Saint Ouen
2001           Exposition ‘Collages’ du Printemps de la SAPE, Montgeron
1995           Entre Terre et Ciel, Maison du Canada, Cité Universitaire, Paris
1994           Carré d’Art de la Goutte d’Or, Crèche de la Chapelle, Paris 18ème
1993           Salon de Rencontres Artistiques et Ecrivains, Mantes la Jolie
1992           Salon du Dessin et de la Peinture à l’eau, Grand Palais
1991           Salon d'Automne
1991           Maison Française, Washington DC, USA
1991           Salon de l’ACAM, Château du Logis de Brécey
1991           Hôtel de Bailli de Suffren, Paris
1989           Salon d'Automne
1988           XXIVème Grand Prix International de Cannes (Finalist)
1988           Salon d’Automne
1987           Salon de la SAPE, Montgeron
1987           Salon d'Automne

ILLUSTRATIONS:
2019          Twenty-Two poems by David Galler (forthcoming) 
2004          The Prisoner Poet, diptych after a short story by David Galler (2002)
2003          Et la voilà … , collème of a narrative poem by Sylvie Chastain
2001          Faux mouvement, 14 collages from a poem by Sylvie Chastain
1995          La confidence antérieure, 3 collages after a poem by Sylvie Chastain
1995          Collected Poems by David Galler, Black and Blue Wall (1994) on cover page
1992          Rendez-vous, 13 collages after a poem by Sylvie Chastain
1991          Cover design for Pebbles and Seagulls, Myriam Mason, Calumet, London
1989          Illustrations for Pebbles and Seagulls by Myriam Mason

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS:
Algeria, Canada, China, France, Holland, Hungary, India, Morocco, UK, USA