Kerstin Paillard

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Kc Paillard Bio

Kc Paillard, born in 1977 in Paris (France), grown up in Stockholm (Sweden), is a Franco-Swedish artist who lives in the south of France and works between Nice and Stockholm. She draws her inspiration from her legacy, double culture, Art History, the beauty of nature, the northern and southern light and skies, as well as her emotions and dreams.

She has been painting for 20 years using dry pastels on canvas. She has always loved colours, contrasts, the effects of textures. Her work is an abstract dreamlike painting where the multiple layers of matter expand to create a firework of colours. Her pictural style is a sensitive and original combination, fluctuating between Expressionism and Colorfield (Emil Nolde, Gauguin, Rothko).


Kc Paillard has studied Fine Arts in Vallauris (France) for 1 year, in order to get a classic formation. Then she studied Contemporary Art in Nice (France) during 4 years. Eventually, she obtained a Master degree in Art History at the University of Montpellier (France) after 5 years. Her master’s thesis were about Graffiti and Street Art (4th year) and Scandinavian Design (5th year).


Biennale di Genova, Satura Art Gallery
Paratissima Art Fair Skopje, Macedonia
Stockholms Konstsalong, Sweden
Kontoret, Stockholm, Sweden
Art Expo Genova, Satura Art Gallery, Genova, Italy
Dreams, Studio Four Seasons, Stockholm, Sweden
Paratissima Art Fair, Torino, Italy
Deeloop Art Konstmässa, Limhamn, Sweden
Stockholms Konstsalong, Sweden
Swedish Art Biennale – KoBi 13/ KoBi 15, Nice, France
Art en Capitale, Grand Palais, Paris, France
Rencontre des Arts, Villefranche sur Mer, France
Cent Œuvres pour une Œuvre, Cannes, France
Konst är Kul, Handelsbanken, Nice, France
SSS, Acerma, Paris, France

Gallery Indoor Decoration, Nice, France
Gallery Atmosphère, Antibes, France
Gallery Art sur Cour, Antibes, France

Glint of Gold, (single cover) Filago feat. Uzu Paris, France
The Blue Part In The Flame, (album cover), Filago, Paris, France
Today Again Tomorrow, (album cover), Starboard Silent Side, Paris, France
Because Our Friendship Was Meant To Sail, (album cover), Starboard Silent Side, Paris, France
Det ser sort ud – men det er det icke, (book), Ordskaelv, Hygge Factory, Köpenhamn, Danemark


My abstract paintings are a personal expression of my fascination for colours and forms, the northern light and the southern brightness. Rhythm, harmony and textures are important in the paintings that I make. Every painting starts with a picture in my mind, inspired by a text, a poem, some lyrics from a song or an opera, a dream I had, my fascination for the sky and its unique and ever changing design. I put on some music, often my brother’s and the colours pop up. Every note, every word, every thought is a colour.

Ever since I was a child, I have always seen colours in everything. It is my way to translate what I hear, read, taste, feel, smell or see. In every corner of my life there is a colour or a nuance. Colours are my way to understand the world.

When the music is on, I enter a very singular world of colours that I only leave when the painting is finished. I bring all the colours together in order to create a harmonious landscape with rhythm and deepness, darkness and lightness.

I use dry pastel with pure pigments, that I crush, smash and smear on the canvas, with my fingers and hands, kneeling on the floor, feeling the textures: it is a very physical way of painting. The multiple layers create new combinations and collisions, the light appears or disappears like a cloudy sky, a dream landscape, an ethereal world.

The paintings include fragments from the past, my dreams and my imagination mixed with images from my life, translated from my emotions. I use fragments of the past and the present. The paintings have an old and well known imagery, sometimes they are organic, trying to get into the deepness of the soul, sometimes they are spiritual, celestial, dreamful and romantic. I create images that question the spectator and invite him to take part of an immaterial world, filled with serenity, existentialism and poetry;  a personal interpretation of abstract expressionism and colorfield.

My paintings are only made of pigments from the dry pastels I use. Texture, surface treatments and colour are very important aspects of my work in order for each painting to have a very profound and captivating presence.

The goal is to create a compelling work of abstract art by which the viewer feels endlessly absorbed in order to generate a meaningful dialogue. The paintings may not only be seen as decorative, but they can offer a wider perspective if the viewer decides to take a closer look at the details.

My work is faithful to what I am : an original match between the colourful and sensitive way of decorating Swedish homes and a spiritual and conceptual French piece of art.