Born in 1976, Murielle Belin lives and works near Nancy, in the North East of France.
As a child she was already familiar with all sorts of artwork, as she was often going to artists’ studios when she was not yet in her teens (various artists such as painters, puppeteers, conjurors, sculptors or even poets). She used to restore paintings now and again, before deciding to devote herself full time to her own creation.
Her dark and highly sensitive universe is mainly inspired by ancient iconographies (anatomy paintings, ancient and modern bestiaries, religious or scientific prints). She is particularly fond of classic art techniques such as oil painting on wood, clay or engraving, and fringe techniques such as taxidermy and quilling.
Somewhere between singular, visionary or surrealistic art, the artefacts originating from Murielle Belin’s workshop are patiently and meticulously designed. They are the product of a spontaneous and instinctive blend of skilful art and popular imagery, revealing a tinge of cynicism and humour behind the gloomy landscapes and tormented characters.
Over the last decade, through her many exhibitions in France and Belgium, her career has been punctuated by significant encounters, some of which have deeply influenced her vision or work, among which: Belgian artist André Stas, self-proclaimed “bats-in-the-belfry” Marc Ways from the IIREFL institute (International Institute for the Research on and Exploration of Literary Loonies), Béatrice Soulié, Anne and Julien from Hey! magazine, the MART (Minnesota Association of Rogue Taxidermist) which she joined in 2010, or Jon Beinart and his “Surrealist Collective Group”.