Künstler portrAIts

Lou Philippy

Born in 1996, I’ve been on an artistic journey since childhood, a gift passed down by my mother and grandmother. Their influence ignited my passion for painting at an early age. Icons like Frida Kahlo, Keith Haring, and Jean-Michel Basquiat have served as enduring sources of inspiration. My fascination with humanity has always driven me to capture the essence of people through my art. It all began with step-by-step art books, which gradually evolved into the realization that art is my source for self-expression, a means to liberate myself from negative thoughts, and a way to bring joy to others.
In 2021, I completed my studies as an „éducateur gradué“ and began working in this field. However, I quickly realized that the typical 40-hour workweek was taking a toll on my well-being. This burden ultimately led to a resurgence of the eating disorder that had intermittently shadowed me since my early teenage years. During this challenging period, I rediscovered my connection to art and realized that I needed a change after a four-month stay in a clinic. Since then, I’ve opted to work less and devote a significant portion of my free time to painting. It’s become a source of beauty in my life and a wellspring of daily strength thats becoming even bigger by sharing it with you.
Today, my art serves a dual mission: to challenge societal stigmas surrounding mental health, breaking the silence and encouraging open dialogue; and to amplify the voices advocating for women’s empowerment, urging respect for their bodies, choices, and rights. In each brushstroke I find not only an outlet for self-expression but also a path toward personal growth and social change.
Constantly teaching myself new techniques and experimenting with different mediums, such as acrylic and mixed media, I’ve found the perfect tools to convey the vibrant complexity of life. The bold and vivid colors I employ reflect the rich tapestry of emotions and experiences that shape my work. Through art, I not only discover an outlet for my innermost thoughts and feelings but also offer a bridge to connect with others, sharing in the collective human experience. It’s a journey that continues to evolve, with each creation telling a unique story and contributing to a broader conversation about the beauty, strength, and resilience found in the human spirit.