Monique Tello was born in Oran, France in 1958. She went to school at the le des Beaux-Arts de Poitiers and currently lives and works in Poitiers.

“I do engraving as a way of conveying the contradictions and ambivalence of my work as a painter. In prints, I rediscover the first burst of inspiration and the presence of matter. The physical act of engraving helps me conceive of the figures, the forms and the rhythms at play between the line, the color and the matter. In that way the dialogue between below and above, point and counterpoint joins the act of painting to the act of engraving and produces its own musical score.”