Tell us a bit about your upbringing.
I grew up with my two little sisters in a multicultural family. My father is Congolese and my mother is French. We have a lot of different origins: Polish, Russian, English, Spanish, Indian, Northern African, South American… I did not really see that there was a difference between black and white when I was at home.
But the outside world has shown me that black and white are not the same. At home, my mother was not white and my father was not black. They were just two people who had chosen to love, respect and grow together and even if they knew who they were, what mattered were their hearts, their souls and the energy they were sharing.
Respect, open-mindedness, sustainability, knowledge, culture and art have been part of my life since my childhood. We have learnt that all life matters: flora and fauna, human lives, mineral lives, previous lives, spiritual lives – all have their importance on Earth.
Art has been probably the most important element in my everyday life. I started drawing when I was maybe 2 or 3 years old. It was very natural for me and it was the moment I could be at peace with myself and with my thoughts. I was happy to be alone to draw and to create. I visited a lot of museums and art galleries with my parents. They taught me a lot about art, culture and history.
Have you always wanted to become a visual artist?
I think so, yes. Of course, when I was growing up, I was trying to fit into society and to find a ‘real job’, like being a doctor, or a lawyer, but deep inside I wanted my art to flourish. I realised that when I was 14. It was hard to convince my parents, but they eventually saw that it was part of me and understood that they had been feeding my love of art since childhood.