Colette Banaigs Biography

Colette Banaigs (nee Caubisens in 1927) started drawing and painting at an early age with her grand-father and her aunt, both artists.

Whilst painting, she obtained diploma in philosophy, literature and history of art as well as the “Diplome Superieur de l’Ecole du Louvre”. She was a literature teacher for a while, before deciding to dedicate her life to the arts.

In the 1960s she became director/curator of the Musee de St-Denis near Paris where she was responsible for large exhibitions including:
. French poet Paul Eluard;
. Jean Lurcat (tapestry artist);
. Roberto Matta, Chilean surrealist painter.

Her encounter with Matta was determining, starting a long friendship as well as a professional collaboration, continuing into the 1980s when she run the education department of the Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris “L’Artelier”, which she created.

Matta also had a massive influence on her own painting work, the humanity and density of his work motivating her to go further.
The Gallerist Susanne de Coninck then encouraged her to gain more confidence in her work and she started exhibiting extensively. She did so in many solo and group exhibitions, both in France and abroad.


This montage has been edited with Mozart’s “Rondo in D Major, K. 485” that she used to play very well (I’d say as well as what we can here on there). She played the piano every day between the age of 5 and 19.