JACQUELINE DE MONTAIGNE (b1980, Lisbon) is a rapidly emerging Portuguese painter and muralist whose dramatic figurative and nature infused art works have burst onto the renowned and pioneering Portuguese street art scene in the last 2 years.
Inspired by the androgyny movement of the last decade, Jacqueline's signature work is un-posed and non-binary with delicate infusions of nature and ornithological elements.
In a society obsessed with aesthetic perfection, superficial happiness and clear gender identity, Jacqueline consistently deconstructs these stereotypes in her work striving to provoke her viewer to see genderless beauty with an underlying theatrical defiance.
Whilst diluting paint to mimic classical watercolor techniques on extremely diverse surfaces, Jacqueline transforms traditional subjects using a predominantly monochromatic palette adorning her works with precious metals, be it a 300m2 street art mural, large canvas or a tiny scientific-grade painting.
Jacqueline has exhibited her work in national and international galleries in both solo and collective shows since the age of 14 with her first sellout show a year later and an invitation for a short apprenticeship in Paula Rego's studio in London at the age of 19. Jacqueline's work has been shown in Eton, London, Lisbon, Tenerife, Madrid, Miami, Porto and an international touring exhibition based in South Africa.
Although self taught, Jacqueline had the privilege of growing up under the eye of her two artistic grandfathers, a scientific botanical painter and a BAFTA winning art producer. Much of her childhood was spent in their studios, observing, learning, experimenting and creating.
Jacqueline has an academic background in paediatric medical ethics, subjects she took 8 years out of the art world to pursue after the birth of her youngest son. Jacqueline returned to her art career full time in 2018. The artists murals have since spread around Portugal with recent invitations extending to Spain, France, Brazil and the UK.
Jacqueline lives in the coastal town of Cascais in Portugal where she maintains a full time studio practise.