Andrée Bienfait was born in 1956 in Belgium where she spent her youth and there began to paint under the guidance of painters of her native region, the Ardennes. She started art classes in high school Izel (Gaume), then continued her studies in the Ecole Supérieure des Arts in St Luc in Brussels.
With the desire to further her profession, Andree went from Belgium to Alsace in order to study with the renowned Claude Lapointe at the Ecole Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Strasbourg. In 1981, Andrée Bienfait moved to Strasbourg, in north-eastern France, working as a book illustrator for over 20 years, mainly books for children and young people (there’s a considerable list under Bibliographie).
In the new millennium Andrée decided to develop the business of care assistance in order to enrich and complement her profession of illustrator. The older people she met re-awakened her primary artistic passion: fine art painting!
Since 2007, she has been painting in a larger format, in oil and pastel. She is primarily a portraitist; children, the elderly, all ages and ethnicities are grist to her mill.
Currently resident in Franche-Comté, she exhibits also in the Vosges region.
From 2012, she spread her net to surrounding departments and began to win prizes - I came across her work in Saint Aulaye, in the Dordogne, where her work was acquired by the Museum of Pastel.
A member of IEDAC (Institut Européen Des Arts Contemporains), she was recipient of their Gold Medal in 2014.