Born in Dalat (Vietnam) in 70', I had to leave my country at the age of 6 due to tragic political events that triggered the wave of “Boat People” emigration to Europe and North America.
Eldest of a family of four kids, my father a doctor and my mother a shopkeeper, not speaking French on arrival, I have developed a very strong mindset, positively inclined to complete my Business School studies in France and UK.
For more than 20 years, I have hold management roles in HR, working for global multinationals and corporations in Paris, UK and later in Toulouse where I have landed in 2012. My professional career as well as my two sons, Arthur and Mathis respectively born in 2009 and 2010 (who later inspired me the “Mat by Art” brand name) made me feel totally fulfilled... or nearly.
The disappearance of my Dad a few years later has triggered a deep questioning about the meaning of life for me… which road to take to be my true self, what contribution I could do to mankind… that was the beginning of renunciation, a deep questioning of my beliefs and education.
I was already quite versed into personal development, exploring meditation, conferences, workshops, readings and trainings…. More was I looking for my “Ikigai” (i.e. the concept of was is right and true for one self-life), more was I breaking the rules and guiding principles that have structured my life for so many years…
Quickly, I have strongly felt that almost painful feeling to express myself freely, without constraints or barriers, far away from social rules… I had to let my creative side express itself venturing outside of socially acceptable boundaries.
And that’s naturally in the painting that I have found myself… and reconnected with my true self.
I have started to paint modestly in the beginning… but it quickly ramped-up to become a daily routine. After having taken some technical classes and inspiring myself with Zao WOU-KI (China) and Pierre SOULAGES (FR), I felt I was on the right track to bring joy and energy to all the people.
Unhearthing my origins of uprooted infant who reached a totally unknown country in the winter of 1978, miles away from home, I today feel rooted, fully aligned to who I am and what I want to be.
Painting helps me connecting with this little girl even more every single day.
My art is an expression of passion, hope and freedom… a bridge between Orient and Occident despite an unwished emigration that in the end resonates with purpose and love.