(French, b. 1966)
Painter & sculptor
Aude Herlédan was born in Paris in 1966. After spending her childhood in Kinshasa, Congo, and her adolescence in Paris, she left, alone, to continue her studies in London. There, a decisive encounter with Samuel-Francis Clapp, an American art collector, prompted her to study applied arts. She entered the École Estienne in Paris, from which she graduated in graphic arts in 1989. That same year, Aude Herlédan won the Parsons School competition in New York.
In her life as in her creations, Aude Herlédan has always sought to broaden her horizons, both through journeys and encounters. After completing her studies, she moved to Recife and then to Manaus, Brazil, to live in a community of artists. She then led artistic missions for the United Nations in Nairobi, Kenya. There she met the American photographer David Blumenkrantz, with whom she went on to found a photographic laboratory for Kenyan journalists. In 1990, Aude Herlé- dan made numerous photographic reports in East Africa, in collaboration with the Kenyan Ministry of Culture.
Returning to Paris in 1992, Aude Herlédan embarked on a career as a creative director an adver- tising agency, where she designed campaigns for major international brands. Alongside having a stimulating career, she studied nude drawing at the École Nationale des Beaux-Arts de Paris and art history at the École du Louvre. Through the years, Aude Herlédan has never ceased to paint, Aude Herlédan never ceased to develop her artistic expression through painting and sculpture. Her sources of inspiration are many, and her insatiable curiosity is nourished by all forms of artistic expression: literature, dance, cinema, music, photography.
Aude Herlédan now lives in Paris and in Sologne, where she has her studios. Her artwork is repre- sented in Paris by 1831 Art Gallery and by 9 other international galleries, including the Rosen- berg&Co gallery in New York. Her work can also be seen at major international contemporary art fairs and events (Art Paris, BRAFA, Moderne Art Fair, Salon du Dessin, Fine Art – Biennale de Paris…). Her work is followed by many collectors, curators and designers from the five continents.