Portrait of French artist and film-maker Stéphanie Varela by photographer Thomas O'Brien

Stéphanie VARELA is a based in Paris, specialising in Motion Painting, an art form she incorporates into her films  to create sensitive and highly individual visual images.

Her work has been favourably noticed by great artists such as David LYNCH and Serge BROMBERG.

Recurring themes in her artistic output are : Surrealism, magic and dreams, femininity, the power of love and relationships, the natural and animal world.

Her work encompasses : Motion Painting, Peinture Animée, History of cinema and Animation, Performance Art, Contemporary art film, Documentary film, Music video, Art education, Advertising (ORANGE, YOGI TEA etc.) ...

Her Doctoral Thesis on Motion Painting, published in 2010 by Editions L’Harmattan, Paris, in their Collection Champs Visuels, under the title : "La Peinture Animée entre Peinture et Cinéma" - incorporating "Essai sur Emile REYNAUD (1844-1918)", the first in depth academic study of the subject.

Dr Stéphanie VARELA gives lectures on Motion Painting and pre-cinema history and conducts seminars and practical workshops in this animation technique as well as pursuing her own exploration of this art form in her practice as a painter and film director.

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