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Art give me the agency to raise  awareness on ongoing issues like no other medium kind.
My work ranges from raising awareness about climate change and showcasing nature beauty, to meditations and reflexions about how modernity is reshaping tradition.

Okaasan in an artist and photograph living in the South of France. Her work has now acquired a local and worldwide reckonision with expostions and happenings in Occitanie, Lyon, Switzerland and Miami.

or Nathalie Ferreres

Artist, Painter, Photographer

Okaasan started making art as a teen and started to exhibit various creations in markets, expositions and happenings in 1992, first in the South of France, then in Lyon where she started to experiment with different creators and mediums. Her work as since been displayed in western Europe, and even America!

Transcending mediums, techniques and themes, my art isn't just another a testimony that we're only a part of our planet's ecosystem, a plea to look at Nature's beauty, a cry urging to reclaim one's childlike curiosity and agency on the present moment hyperconnected societies are stealing. It's an open invitation to rethink the world we live in, and challenge the ideas we have about nature, our influence and perception of it, technology, daily items, routines, and my artistic process itself.

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Okaasan Paints

Okaasan's artistic path

I am a self-taught artist, I've been painting since I was very young. My love for experimenting and trying new thing led me to try a lot of different mediums. I've been experiencing with materials that would give texture or volume to my paintings since my early years in Lyon (1995-1997).

After taking a break when my twin daughters were born in 1997, followed by a divorce in 2000 I gradually resumed painting when my job gave me the freedom of to do so. I was then working in a communication agency, which opened up other perspectives for me, such as photography and allowed me to look at my artistic work with a different eye and new ambitions.

However, it wasn't until I got to work for a reduced amount of time, in a less demanding carrier, that I could finally resume fully a public artistic activity - around 2020 or so. Today, I still combine my work as an artist-author with a part-time job.

Past public events (exhibitions, happenings...)

  • 15eme SALON PEINTURE ET PHOTOGRAPHIE – THEZA (02/03/2024 - 16/03/2024) - in photography.

  • REGARTS 66, Restaurant Le Yucca – Perpignan - Solo painting exhibition (07/03/2023 - 01/04/2023) 

  • LOS ANGELES ART LAB – Los Angeles – Collective virtual exhibition (01/01/2023 - 16/01/2023)

  • THOMSON GALLERY – Zug, Suisse - Collective virtual exhibition (01/12/2022 - 23/12/2022)

  • SWISS ART EXPO – Zürich, Switzerland – International Art Fair (24/08/2022 - 28/08/2022) 

  • CAMELBACK GALLERY - Collective virtual exhibition (2021)

  • NATURE & PSYCHE – Montpellier, France – Collective photography exhibition in Paul Valery Montpellier 3 student library (04/2020 - 10/2020)

  • L’ART VUE – Lyon, France – Collective exhibition each saturday in the streets of la Croix-Rousse (1996-1997)

  • MARCHÉ DE LA CRÉATION – Lyon, France – Selling and promoting stand each sunday morning (1995-1997)

  • L’UKB GALERIE – Lyon, France – Collective painting exhibition - interpretations of Delacroix Le radeau de la Méduse (1996) .

  • LA FABRIQUE – Lyon, France - Collective collaboration with the theater troupe « La Compagnie des Papiers Froissés » : seven playwriters wrote a small scene on seven featured paintings (1996)

  • L’EMBARCADERE – Lyon, France – « 24 heures de l’Art Performance » (1995)

  • Art Performance « Couleur 3 Radio » - Lyon Croix-Rousse, France (1995)


  • SALON D’ARTS PLASTIQUES – Bouillargues, France (1992)

Appearance in publications

  • ARTIST TALK MAGAZINE (July 2021: A pocket full of stars - January 2022: Lady Sakura)

  • Incoming (Work In Progress) : ARTIST TALK MAGAZINE (May 2024 : WARNING Industry at work!)

Awards and prizes 

  • Gold Award - “Monkey’s graffiti” - Acrylic on canvas 81x65cm – ABSTRACT WITH RED International Painting Competition CAMELBACK GALLERY (March 2024)

  • Finalist Award - “Liquid rainbow” – COLOR IMPACT International Painting Competition CAMELBACK GALLERY (2023)  

  • Bronze Award - "Barbara" – Acrylic on canvas 60x80cm – PORTRAITS International Painting Competition CAMELBACK GALLERY (2023)

  • Finalist Award - "Color Impact" - Acrylic on canvas 81x65cm – International Painting Competition CAMELBACK GALLERY

  • Bronze Award - "Color Impact" - Acrylic on canvas 81x65cm – International Painting Competition CAMELBACK GALLERY (2023)

  • Bronze Award Open 2021 - "The hidden angel" - Acrylic on canvas 115x75cm - International Painting Competition CAMELBACK GALLERY (2021)

  • Bronze Award - “Spring” – COLOR IMPACT International Painting Competition – CAMELBACK GALLERY (2023) .

  • 2nd winner - Painting Performance  – Performance « Couleur 3 » - Lyon - (1995)

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