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Virginia CHIHOTA, Winner of the 2013 Prix Canson

9 June 2013

Last evening at the Petit Palais in Paris, Stéphane Hamelin, Chairman of the Fonds Canson® pour l'Art et le Papier and Yan Pei-Ming, jury chairman, awarded the 2013 Prix Canson® to Virginia Chihota. From the original 39 artists, there were 5 finalist in contention for the award.

The 2013 Winner in a few words.
Virginia CHIHOTA
(Zimbabwe) was born in 1983 in Zimbabwe. She currently lives and works in Tripoli, Libya. She studied art from 2004 to 2006 and graduated in Fine Arts from the National Art Gallery Studios in Harare.
Using techniques of engraving, painting, printing or screen printing, Virginia CHIHOTA self-imposes very strict discipline when creating her drawings. Her works from the Fruit of the Dark Womb series stage a number of different dramatic situations around a doll usually used to evoke fertility in the animistic rites in her country. Her recent exhibitions have been Isolation, Gallery Delta, Harare (2012); Idea of Self, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare (2012); Duo, Virginia and Portia, Gallery Delta, Harare (2012); Une terrible beauté est née, Lyon Biennale, Lyon (2011).

Stéphane Hamelin, Chairman of the Fonds Canson® pour l’Art et le Papier explains: “We are happy to welcome Virginia Chihota into “our family” of winners after Fabien Mérelle and Ronald Cornelissen. Canson® has always forged strong ties with artists by supplying them with high quality papers and even creating bespoke paper, the way we did for Ingres and Maillol. This award is the perfect illustration of an age-old link between Canson® and artists, and of our commitment to defending the place of art in society, investing heavily by their sides to provide support and visibility.”

Discover the works of the 2013 Prix Canson® artists, on show from June 5 to 16, 2013 at the Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris. Open from 10 am to 6 pm, except Mondays, free admission for permanent collections and the Prix Canson® exhibition .



Photos : © Pascal Baril