“Solving the secret of being
The meaning of life is the following:
(the rest is missing)”
« With the arc welding, it is simple, I can weld a needle on an anvil! It is everything! I did not invent anything, it is the language of the material » César
Cheno is working with steel and creates her own material to create a singular language (keys, humans, chains, hands, ladybirds …) based on many themes: mythology, philosophy, poetry, dance, human condition, paying tribute to Leonard de Vinci and Dante. The metal waste is transformed and reused. Cheno invented an imaginary world, poetic and infinite.
The metallic lace becomes a feather, symbolizing the imaginary, the parallel world and the time that can’t be stopped. Their weak balance recalls the precarity of the human condition. Her pieces are of all sizes: monumental (over 4 meters), tiny (jewellery), steel paintings, bas-reliefs, triptychs or polyptychs, sculptures to wear (Theatre, Opera), religious art, furniture …
All her sculptures are unique. Cheno creates everything on her own in her workshop, using several techniques with iron, often close to silver work and arc welding. Her creations are developed in themes where the ladybird became progressively the signature. All pieces can be kept outside. Before sculptures, Cheno made many paintings, trompe-l’œil and mosaics.
Cheno has been exhibiting her art for over two decades, in the French Riviera : Nice (Parc Phoenix, 34 monumental sculptures for 3 years – Permanent exhibition of a giant ladybird), La Gaude (Coupole), Carros (Permanent exhibition – Médiathèque (Charlot and the Kid) and Salle Juliette Greco (Méliès)), Monaco (Exotic Garden), St Paul de Vence (Biennalle, Collégiale), Villefranche sur mer (Chapelle Sainte Elizabeth), Tourette Levens (Permanent exhibition) and internationally (Japan, Italy, Liechtenstein, Switzerland …) and had many collective exhibits ; but also abroad (Japan, Italy, Liechtenstein, and even one in Korea).
She has been a member of the AIAP UNESCO for more than 10 years. She is also in St Paul de Vence as a member of the Cercle des Artistes and has exhibits in Galleries and outside. Cheno also created two magnificent gardens filled with her sculptures, closed to her workshop, including the « Blue Garden » that can be visited by appointments.