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Exhibition @ Bressuire Castle: Un Grand Voyage Intérieur

Valérie Woon Lee, d’origine coréenne ; Prakash Bal Joshi et Mamta Chitnis Sen, d’origine indienne, investissent le château cet été. Ces peintres expriment dans leur travail un engagement humaniste. Valérie Won Lee a créé ” une communauté d’artistes, World Citizen Artist, dont le but est d’éveiller les consciences, de promouvoir des actions humanitaires et de transmettre des messages humanitaires à travers l’art…” L’exposition est visible jusqu’au 30 août, du mardi au dimanche, de 14 h 30 à 18 h 30.


More World Citizen Artists united for World Water Day…




Korean-born French adoptee Valerie Won Lee paints her way to success and a new identity in Paris…

Asia, The West and Art

“The rise of a new generation of ‘internet artists’  – no longer dependent on traditional art markets and marketing – has served to increase the fluidity and scope of an important exchange of cultures, styles, colour and line….”

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Salle Olympe de Gouges, 15 rue Merlin, 75011 Paris

21-29 September 2013- 12:00-19:00

Opening: 20 September 2013- 18:30

“Greentych” is a Triptych, divided into three canvases which can be moved around and convertible into a Diptych (divided into two canvases). Each canvas measures 30 X 60 cm. Greentych will be exhibited @ “Salon D’ Automne” from September 21 to September 29, 2013 @ Salle Olympe de Gouges, 15 rue Merlin, 75011 Paris


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This edition is introducing Won Lee’ s work which will be presented at the Autumn Salon (Paris) in September 2013. VWL guests are Kobina Wright and Peter Caton…


“Monks” is made of four canvases (30X60cm) and will be exhibited at the “Salon D’ Automne” in Paris from September 21 to September 29, 2013 @ Salle Olympe de Gouges, 15 rue Merlin, 75011 Paris


Tetraptych (4X 30cmX60cm)

Tetraptych (4X 30cmX60cm)


PEOPLE Magazine (Korea)


Valerie Won Lee, Ever Roving Revolutionary Artist

Valerie Won Lee is a recently discovered, rapidly emerging artist of note. With her most recent exhibits in Paris, the French-Korean artist’s work is gaining attention for its strongly distinctive style. Standly proudly at the nexus between a number of intersecting personal influences, Lee brings a unique story of the journey of self-discovery and identity to light in her startlingly colourful works. Blending motifs from different era and places, and being of Korean ancestry with a French upbringing, so also her sense of fashion and dress style demonstrate a special blend of cultural influences.
Contributing reporter Julian Warmington finally managed to catch up with the fascinating travelling artist Valerie Won Lee for a few precious minutes amidst her hectic schedule preparing more exhibits around the world. He sends this revealing, intimate interview, finally shedding light on the rising star of the Euro-Asian arts world and her strong opinions on everything from art in the age of digital media through to her interests in fashion and the game of chess.
–          How did you become an artist?
I always liked drawing when I was a child. I knew I was drawing strange things, but growing up in the countryside no-one noticed it. Later, when I was older and traveling after high school, inspiration came back again. I took eight months just traveling. I was drawing a lot on the way, especially eyes and faces. I was really inspired by all the unusual colours around me, particularly a lot of blues and greens.
–          I heard that you grew up in the French countryside. Where, and, how did you end up there?
I grew up in a small village about 1.5 hours from La Rochelle. I was adopted by a French family at the age of eight months. My adoptive dad came from a peasant family. He worked in a factory. My adoptive mother passed away when I was 1.5 years old.
–          Did you ever go back to South Korea? Do you speak Korean?
I did go “back” to Korea when I was 19, and out of curiosity went to see the orphanage where I spent my first days. They told me the story of my background. It wasn’t a painful story as I had already met a few adopted Koreans during my time there. It’s known that in South Korea a lot of single mothers had to give up their children.
I do feel Korean in my genes. I look Korean. When I was in South Korea for a couple of months aged 19 I thought of learning the language, but then I got caught up in traveling again and learned English as it is the international language.
–          Was Korea the first country you visited?
The first country I visited was Spain, but when I received the inheritance from my mother when I was 18 I decided to spend it in traveling to Korea, partly also because I knew a teacher there, and he invited me to come. I wanted to get away from France so thought: Why not give it a try?!
–          How did you feel in Korea?
When the plane landed I realised it was where my life started. The first thing I noticed was that everyone in the plane looked like me! It made me more curious to see whether I could learn anything about my roots. I started to understand where my strong temper and stubbornness came from! And why I eat so much! But it took me a while to get used to the kimchi! Also, Koreans have a strong sense of attention to detail which may explain some of my artwork.
–          Did you stay in Korea or travel much beyond it too?
When I was living in Korea I had a French flat-mate who was always talking about Thailand so I decided to explore it, but when I returned from Thailand I became really ill and almost died. I was suffering from anemia and had contracted dengue fever. This helped me to realise life was just too short not to explore all options and enjoy freedom fully, so, next, I decided to go to Australia. I thought I would always have the chance to go back to Korea again when I would be more mature.
In Australia I just wanted to experience a bit of the culture, but soon enough I was running out of money. Then suddenly one day I won a jackpot at the Melbourne casino which paid for a trip to Bali!
When that ran out I had to come back to France so I traveled and worked in the south before I decided to go to the UK. I had to find a job quickly, but ended up in a very prestigious fashion shop at the time named, perhaps appropriately and ironically for me, “Voyages.” It made me want to become a fashion designer, so I started to draw faces with clothes.
–          You have travelled now for almost 15 years in Latin America, the Pacific, and Europe amongst other places. Why do you travel so much?
I have always wanted to go to extremes. That’s really the only reason why I travelled so much. I just wanted to discover as much as I could because I didn’t know whether I would ever be able to travel again.
I was only 19 when I did my first travelling. I understood even then that there are many different cultures to discover. Now I know I really am a citizen of the world. I’m Asian, and I am French, and I’m also a traveler. People tell me that there’s a lot of traveling in my art, but honestly I just paint what I feel.
–          How do you choose what you are going to paint? Do you decide much in advance?
I usually have an idea but it never really finishes developing. It’s only an initial idea and I just let my hand go free until I see shapes. When I see shapes emerging from the paint or sketch that’s when I know where the painting is going to go. It is like in life: first you have an idea, and then other ideas occur, and other things come along on the way that influence and improve it.
–          In your paintings, a lot of lines appear to me to be links. Are they links?
For me everything is linked. I do often have lines passing through faces and shapes. It just seems to develop naturally. When I finish portraits they have to be linked because the world is linked; everything is linked.
–          Are the portraits always of people you know?
Sometimes they are real people, sometimes I invent them. What I’m usually most trying to express is a feeling; for example the long necks to me are a sign of strength. The wavy arms and legs are movements, or a feeling of motion. It is all in an effort to find ways to show the unseen. For example, when I look at you now we feel all sorts of emotions, but you appear to have a normal physical body. If I want to express emotions I might put a wave on your body to help express the feeling and not express just the oversimplified vision of a purely exact yet bland physical reality.
–          Why do you paint mainly with acrylic?
I sometimes also paint with oil but yes I mainly work with acrylic. I find acrylic harder because it dries faster and like I said before about wanting to text the extreme limits even of myself: I want to achieve my best within my hardest personal challenge. Some people think oil is harder, but it depends what you want to do. I don’t choose the paint by theory, but the paint I feel like using for the paintings I like to make; it’s for the feelings I like to express.
–          How does it feel to live in Paris as a painter?
Hah! A better question is: What is so great about being in Paris as a painter? Even if Paris is a great city for art and architecture too, my dream is to end up as an artist in the Pacific islands with no pollution around!
–          Like Gauguin?
Maybe, but I hope my work will be recognised well before I die.
–          Tell us about your latest exhibition in Paris.
Through using social networking sites I’ve been lucky to be spotted by Romuald Canas Chico. He is a very talented artist and an active member of the Academie Arts-Sciences-Lettres in Paris. He gave me the chance to exhibit with him and let me choose the topic. As it’s been long in my mind that the 1920s are coming back as we approach 2020, I also wanted to bring back the theme of artists’ solidarity. As Romuald Canas Chico himself proves to me even one century later, it is still possible to be helped by another artist.
The exhibition named “The Roaring Twenties” was held in the Bataclan Cafe in Paris. It is a very famous cafe which is also well-known as a concert venue. The Bataclan itself is former theatre modelled on a Chinese house.
–          You have been spotted via social networking sites. Don’t you think there are already too many artists using Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and so on? And can a professional really recognise the quality of work in an online forum and a digitally reproduced, pixilated media?
A lot of artists like me who didn’t go to art schools or who can’t afford to exhibit in expensive places in capital cities use these networks to get spotted. A lot of places and magazines require the artist to pay to exhibit or be published which I don’t agree with at all.
Why should only the already rich be recognised for their work and poorer but really talented artists be sidelined and forgotten? Some people really are creative. They should get a chance to get spotted and get sponsored to learn to improve their art. Some people who have no creativity had the chance to go to leading art schools, and they get recognition. Isn’t art about creativity first? I got the chance to have my work spotted by a real professional and it just happened to be through the internet.
Using technology as an artist is about sharing; it’s about helping each other as artists. It is a new art world which is building itself virtually now. Whether gallery managers and owners agree or disagree, it is the future of art. When you want to buy clothes on the internet, or books, you can find what you want despite the wide range of choice. Why would we not do the same for art?
Since I started using technology for displaying my art, I have discovered other artists from all over the world and some of them are incredibly talented and creative. If social networking did not exist, I would never have discovered such amazing work and I hope one day, I will have the chance to see their work in person.
Regarding the quality of my own work: I am not worried because a good artist can always learn and improve but not every artist can provide great creativity. I have even started creating my own magazines and virtual gallery so people can visualise my work until they can see it for real.
–          What are your future plans?
I am going to exhibit in as many places, and share my work within as many cultures as possible. I want to embark upon a new journey. After having travelled independently for 15 years, I’m now hoping to travel as an artist and learn more from the world and the arts scene in particular. I would love to come to exhibit in Korea, and especially with the 1920s collection because the whole world has been through its own 1920s-era and I’d be very interested to learn about the culture of the 20s Korean culture.
The other current exhibition I’d love to share there would be on chess. Chess has been a good companion during my travels. In downtime when I wasn’t painting I was playing with travel companions or new friends, both local or travellers. It’s a great way to meet people and start to discover new cultures. My chess paintings are very detailed and Asian art is detailed within it. As for my signature piece, I call it Life is Like a Game of Chess. This is to say that life is short and so in order to do the maximum number of things one wants to do in life one needs to be strategic with every day, and every hour. In a lot of my traveling chess has been very helpful; for example when traveling in some civil war areas when decisions needed to be taken quickly they required a lot of analysis and instinct together. Also I learned some chess techniques in Cuba, which made me even more passionate about the game.
–          Why is your slogan: “Creating is breaking the rules”?
Well, it’s true! Every great painter had to break some rules to be recognised as an exception to the common standard of the day. Any rule can be broken, whether of colours, of lines, or any other sort. To be honest I’m not sure which ones I am breaking because I never learned them, but I have been told by others that I am a rule breaker. I guess that’s part of what makes me creative.


Writer: Julian Warmington

Photographer: Paul Jenkins

French Artist, Valerie Won Lee’s Summer, on The Wrighter

French Artist, Valerie Won Lee’s Summer, on The Wrighter

Won Lee shares the influencers of her work and the work she produced this summer on The Wrighter.


PRLog (Press Release) – Sep. 7, 2012 – TUSTIN, California, United States — Valerie Won Lee is the latest contemporary artists featured on The Wrighter to share new works created this summer; celebrity artist, Vladimir Kush was the first.  The blog has designated the month of September to discuss the works contemporary artists created over the last three months.When asked about what color she would be, if she were a one, Won Lee responded, “Purple. Depending on the culture, the color purple represents spirituality, awareness, wisdom, royalty, healing, inspiration, dreams, mystery and even in some cases: nature. It is also known to be a very strong color in meditation as it balances the energy and strength of red with the spirituality and integrity of blue. It is for me an incredibly rich color.”
According to her website, Won Lee was adopted at an early age, and as an Asian growing up in Europe, she adapted to the new culture yet still found ways to retain a link to her ancestral heritage.Kobina Wright, creator and contributor to The Wrighter, is a Southern California native with a BA in Communications from California State University, Fullerton.  She has written several books including “Raise the Red Teddy: A Single Mother’s Guide to Dating;” “The Hodaoa-Anibo Dictionary;” “50” and “A Crime And A Simplification of Something Sublime.” …To see more work by Won Lee, go to:
Link to Prlog:

The Wrighter



Artist Valerie Won Lee’s Summer


Today I’m featuring self-taught artist, Valerie Won Lee, of Paris, France.  I encourage you to view more of her work at:  I find her work to be dark and whimsical, yet on a completely different path from Tim Burton.


What is the earliest picture you remember painting/ drawing?

 The earliest picture I remember drawing were eyes in the middle surrounded by a strong circular wind and a bird flying around the eyes. If I recall, I must have been around 7.


If you had to describe yourself as one color, what color would it be? Why?

Purple. Depending on the culture, the color purple represents spirituality, awareness, wisdom, royalty, healing, inspiration, dreams, mystery and even in some cases: nature. It is also known to be a very strong color in meditation as it balances the energy and strength of red with the spirituality and integrity of blue. It is for me an incredibly rich color.


Name two of your favorite artists and why are they your favorites?
I wish I could mention at least 10 as there are and has been so many geniuses but if I have to name two, then it would be the two which have been the most influential in my art work:

-Frida Khalo, for her capacity of proving that miracles are possible through art and through her own life.

-Salvador Dali, for his genius surrealism.


What’s the most interesting thing that happened to you over the summer?


10 days of meditation in Wales (UK), a great moment of inspiration and certainly a new start in my art career…


What’s your favorite work/ thing you created over the summer?


Vipassana (116X89cm) just before going to Wales.










eventot, June 10, 2012





“Valerie Won Lee fin de l’ exposition/exhibition closing”

Valerie Won Lee a ajouté 6 peintures (qui seront exposées jusqu’ au 15 Juin 2012) et présentera sa dernière oeuvre (116X89cm) @ Bataclan Cafe. Bienvenue à tous ceux et celles qui souhaitent la rejoindre pour quelques verres le dimanche 10 Juin 2012 de 18:00 à 21:00 (

Valerie Won Lee has added 6 more paintings (which will be exhibited until the 15 June 2012) and will present her latest piece (116X89cm) at the Bataclan Cafe . You are all welcome to join her @ Bataclan Cafe for a couple of drinks on Sunday 10 June 2012 from 18:00-21:00

Valerie Won Lee añadió seis cuadros (que estaran en exposiciòn hasta el 15 de junio de 2012) y presentará su último trabajo (116X89cm) @ Cafe Bataclan. Bienvenidos a todos los que deseen unirse a tomar unas copas domingo, 10 de junio 2012 18:00-21:00

Romuald Canas Chico, Valérie Won Lee et les Années Folles au Bataclan, April, 2012






Durant les Années folles, Paris fait partie des capitales les plus attrayantes pour le monde artistique. On y rencontre le célèbre écrivain américain: Henry Miller, le fameux trompettiste: Arthur Briggs et bien sûr les plus grands peintres tels que Tsuguharu Foujita ,Soutine, Modigliani, Pascin, Legervirtually ,Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Nina Hamnett, sans oublier l’ unique Alice Ernestine Prin qui deviendra la muse internationale “Kiki de Montparnasse”.

Les écrivains américains de la « Génération perdue » viennent aussi s’ inspirer dans la capitale, à savoir notamment Scott Fitzgerald, Henri Miller et Ernest Hemingway et y côtoient les exilés qui ont fuit les dictatures méditerranéennes et balkaniques. Et enfin les peintres qui forment ce que l’on appellera par la suite « l’École de Paris » et qui réunissent entre autres le lituanien Soutine, l’italien Modigliani et le russe Chagall.

C’est Gertrude Stein qui présente à Picasso, Braque et Matisse les ouvrages d’Hemingway et de Scott Fitzgerald. La ville de Paris devient ainsi au cours des années 1920 la capitale des arts et le lieu de rencontre privilégié entre artistes et intellectuels de cette période.

Presque un siècle plus tard et à l’approche de 2020, les années folles restent encrées dans nos mémoires, les tendances artistiques reviennent au galop, les questions économiques et sociales réapparaissent, de nouveaux quartiers sont devenus populaires, la mode et la technologie battent leur plein, les artistes sont de nouveau solidaires et une nouvelle vague d’art figuratif est née, comme nous le démontrent Romuald Canas Chico & Valerie Won Lee.

Valerie Won Lee

La mode garçone commence à se manifester durant les années folles, entre 1919 à la fin de la Première Guerre mondiale et 1929 au début de la crise économique et sociale. Au-delà d’un style propre aux années 1920, le phénomène garçonne, né de l’émancipation des femmes et d’une revendication pour l’égalité des sexes. Une véritable révolution culturelle dans la représentation du genre féminin qui prélude la femme contemporaine. La coiffure: la mode des cheveux courts se répand dans toute la société: comme Dréan nous le confirme dans une de ses chansons en 1924 “Elle s’était fait couper les cheveux” Parce que c’est la mode”. Le corps: la beauté du XXe siècle se manifeste par un changement radical de silhouette entre les années 1910 et 1920: les lignes s’allongent, les gestes s’allègent, les jambes se révèlent et la hauteur s’impose. Les femmes donnent alors une soudaine impression d’avoir grandi. Leur image de fleur s’ajoute alors à la tige, et la mode bat son plein. Valérie Won Lee, française, d’origine coréenne nous présente sa vision de l’ art abstrait figuratif des années folles du 21e siècle.

Romuald Canas Chico

Durant les années folles, Le cubisme avait aussi une forte influence sur la mode de l’époque, sans oublier que le cubisme est aussi un mouvement d’avant-garde révolutionnaire. Les cubistes estompent le réel à des formes géométriques simples. Leurs tableaux permettent également de représenter plusieurs points de vue et de simplifier l’expression des volumes. Les lignes simples et épurées de la mode des années 20 s’apparentent donc à cette esthétique. Romuald Canas Chico, nous présente sa vision de l’ art cubiste figuratif des années folles du 21e siècle.

Bio : Artiste peintre autodidacte d’origine espagnole né en 1972 dans le Val de Marne, Romuald Canas Chico a, dès son plus jeune âge, été initié à l’art par un grand artiste-peintre à Cannes qui lui a transmis son goût pour l’art pictural.

Ainsi, dès l’âge de dix ans, il peignait sa toute première œuvre : « l’Espérance », un portrait de Jésus à la peinture à l’huile. Sans avoir pourtant reçu d’éducation religieuse, cette première toile symbolise le courage et l’espoir de Romuald, confronté à de sérieux problèmes de santé dès sa plus tendre enfance. Romuald a puisé dans sa douleur, une véritable force, d’exister au travers de ses peintures en exprimant une grande joie de vivre .

L’artiste Romuald Canas a réalisé à ce jour des toiles contemporaines allant du cubisme à l’expressionnisme abstrait en passant par l’art du nu… Son travail s’articule essentiellement autour d’une recherche d’harmonie des couleurs et des formes géométriques. Cet artiste, que les influences des grands Maîtres tels que Braque, Picasso, Gris n’ont pas laissé insensible, puise notamment son inspiration de ses origines latines évoquées par des couleurs chaudes et vivantes.

En effet, après cinq années vécues en Andalousie , il est beaucoup inspiré par l’Espagne, sa richesse culturelle, la beauté de ses paysages et ses couleurs ambiantes flamboyantes. Une grande partie de ses œuvres est en effet un véritable hymne à ce pays .

On note toutefois une véritable complexité dans ses œuvres à la fois pleines de couleurs, de chaleur, de mouvements. Romuald Canas évoque aussi au travers de nombreuses toiles, une quête perpétuelle de l’amour, de la passion, de l’harmonie, le culte du désir, également représentés au travers de sublimes nus .Cet artiste évoque également dans ses œuvres d’autres thèmes aussi divers que: la musique;la religion;l’autocritique et le regard de soi.