Cendrine Rovini portrait by Emma Llensa, (detail) June 2010

Cendrine Rovini

France 1971

Photography, Illustration, Collage, Other Styles


Cendrine Rovini
Cendrine Rovini
January 10, 2016
Ok, I know it's so damn corny to quote somebody just to describe yourself, let alone Confucius, but this quote says all about my relationship with Widewalls, so forgive me for doing this: Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Am I forgiven?

Cendrine Rovini is a French artist known for her drawings, paintings, and mixed media work in soft colors, processing such themes as delicacy and lightness.

Cendrine Rovini’s imagery

Cendrine Rovini - Annonciation, 2015
Cendrine Rovini – Annonciation, 2015

Cendrine was born in Nîmes, the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southern France. Growing up with a father who was a sculptor, developed her specific look at her surroundings and, of course, mastering of various artistic techniques. She never liked school, and she would spend hours and days even in a search for a solitude and peace. Cendrine found out very early that the reading, walking in the countryside and day dreaming are a safe road to those places. Infatuated from her early age with the hills, the vines and the secret places in nature, she sworn that she will live in the mountains of central France once when she is all grown up. In a meanwhile, Cendrine studied the Romance Languages, languages derived from Latin. She even briefly taught Spanish while studied.

“When I was a child I wanted to be a shepherdess. In fact I think I was dreaming about a job that would allow me to stay in contact with my inner world and images.”

Today, Cendrine is well known artist, living indeed in the mountains of central France. She works on paper, wood and fabric – creating mixed medias. Rovini also writes and creates beautiful collages. This versatile artist experiments with the photography as well – fascinated by the immediacy of pictures. Being able just to capture one brief moment: a light, a detail, even a gesture is what attracts Cendrine to a camera.

Cendrine’s details

Cendrine Rovini - Morsure de l'herbe adieux a une couronne, 2012
Cendrine Rovini – Morsure de l’herbe adieux a une couronne, 2012

Cendrine likes to work with colored pencils, graphite and watercolor – these are her weapons of choice thanks to its possibility to provide with the lightness and transparency she looks for. She also experiments with thin markers, especially in her most recent pieces.

Cendrine is in love with the aesthetics of the medieval and Renaissance imagery. Its details and strangeness turned out to be very inspiring to this artist. Another source of inspiration, Cendrine found in vintage photos from the XIX century. Also, antique maps, frescoes and Japanese prints from the Edo period and Inuit art trigger this imaginative artist.

She is represented by Stephen Romano Gallery.

Cendrine Rovini lives in Aurillac, a little city in the mountains of central France.

Featured image: Cendrine Rovini, portrait by Emma Llensa
Other images copyright © the artist

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015Magica SexualisStephen Romano and Barry W Hale, NYCGroup
2015Autofiction d'une collection : Ramus del RondeauxGalerie Polaris, ParisGroup
2015Lexicon InfernaliStephen Romano Gallery, NYCGroup
2015Papiers DessinésDa End Gallery, ParisGroup
2015Not man the less, but nature moreSummerhall Art center (Edinburgh)Group
2015Cabinet de Curiosités 05Da End Gallery, ParisGroup
2015Dans la Peau, collective show with Curiosités GalleryNantes (France)Group
2014Ritual, World Wide Women CollectiveThe Cob Gallery, LondonGroup
2014Ekspedition N.2 Mod NorthA Secret Club, Aarhus DenmarkGroup
2014Expedition N.1: The Eastern ForestsA Secret Club, Aarhus, Denmark.Group
2014Cabinet de CuriositésDa End Gallery, Paris.Group
2014Art Paris Art FairDa End Gallery, Grand PalaisGroup
2014Mon maître et moiGalerie CuriositésGroup
2014Locus AmoenusDa End Gallery, ParisSolo
2013Oui mais NonEspèces d'Espaces Gallery, ParisSolo
2013Visible FriendsA Secret Club, Aarhus, Denmark.Group
2013Arte attraverso il MediterraneoHall of the Italian Cultural Institute, MaltaGroup
2013Making TracksONCA Gallery, Brighton (UK)Group
2013Cabinet de Curiosités 03Da End Gallery, ParisGroup
2013Art Paris Art FairGrand Palais, Paris, with Da End GalleryGroup
2013Painters of Today France Italia, VIII editionPalazzina della Società Promotrice delle Belle Arti, TorinoGroup
2012SublimationCuriosités GalleryGroup
2012The Spirit of Two, a joint show with english artist Chris CzainskiDuckett & Jeffreys Gallery, Malton (UK)Duo
2011Liquide VermeilDa End Gallery, ParisSolo
2011Cabinet de Curiosités, first editionDa End Gallery, ParisGroup
2010I Am : ArtistKrems (Austria)Group
2010Teeny Tiny Art ShowThree Graces Gallery, Portsmouth (NH, USA)Group
2010Considered Surfaces: Drawing, Painting and PrintDuckett & Jeffreys Gallery, Malton (UK)Group
2009Les flèches d'ErosAtelier de la Mine, Sahorre (France)Group
2005Le Gîte des SongesMaison des Arts "Le Cottage", VergèzeSolo