Born in 1966 in Saône-et-Loire, Cécile Cantele is not a figurative painter like many others.
At the age of 10 she was already attending the drawing school in Chalon-sur-Saône, her drawings were of wild animals, which would later become her speciality when she drew for haute couture and scarves, such as Hermès, Céline or Scherrer.
After studying art in Paris, Cécile began to travel (USA, UK, Germany…) and to soak up new influences.
She shares her own sensibility by working on frescoes and trompe l’oeil in private homes and professional spaces.
Sensitive to the preservation of wild animals since her childhood, member of the WWF since she was 12 years old, her bedside books were already written by Gerald Durrell, a naturalist with whom she corresponded for several years.
She was active for nine years in an animal protection association.
Realistic paintings in which children and wild animals evolve in ruined cities, where only graffiti, modern day cave art, remind us that man has left his mark on the environment.
The children and their totem animals have appropriated this world, where there are no longer any predators.
The association between children and animals is a symbiosis, the fetish animal is a companion, it acts as a guide.
An activist art form, which explores the effects of man on the environment and questions the future traces of humanity.
Brandon Mull, author of children’s and youth fantasy books
Philipp Pulmann, writer of “Crossroads of the Worlds”, where we follow the story of Lyra Belacqua and Will, accompanied by their fetish animals, “daemons”
Hayao Miyazaki: Chihiro’s journey, My neighbour Totoro…
Nordis myths and legends