National Museum of Women in the Arts
Nicole Callebaut
May 21 1935 - present
Photograph of Nicole Callebaut, courtesy of the artist
Place of Birth:
Phonetic Spelling:
nee-KOHL (k-eye)-yuh-boh
Work Type/Media:
Drawings and prints, Painting
Artistic Role(s):
Collagist, Painter, Paper Maker
Artist's Statement:
Forgetting the temporary boundaries between reality and the shape we give it.

Exalt the subjective nature of dreams—not so much so as to perfect an aesthetic ideal but to invent new relationships with matter.

Painting, writing, these are illuminating moments, a rendezvous with my life.

Even when we have the impression that all vocabularies have been tried, Cubism, Structuralism, Minimalism all schools of-ism, we are aware that within us exists a word, a fever (whether joy or anguish) that is determined to be expressed.

In the end, the artist’s work is to assist this birth, bringing about a reinterpretation of the world around her and within.

Statement courtesy of Nicole Callebaut

Other Occupation(s):
Reporter, Writer, Art Educator
Place(s) of Residence:
New York
Place(s) of Activity:
Where Trained/Schools:
The Art Students League of New York, New York, NY, USA (1985-1986) École des Arts d’Ixelles, Brussels, Belgium (1980) Akademie voor Schone Kunsten, Ghent, Belgium (1955-1958) École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Paris, Paris, France (1954)
Related Visual Artists:
student of Leo Manso student of Knox Martin student of Cécile Massart wife of Paul-Jacques Callebaut
Fellowships, grants and awards:
Merit Scholarship, The Art Students League of New York, New York, NY, USA (1985) Founding Member, Missing Ink, Brussels, Belgium (1983)
Earliest exhibition:
Le Salon des Femmes Peintres, Paris, France (1964)
NMWA exhibition(s):
Preserving the Past, Securing the Future: Donations of Art, 1987-1997
Artist retrospective(s):
Nicole Callebaut: Ar, Água, Terra, Palácio Porto Covo, Auditório António da Costa Leal, Lisbon, Portugal (2005) Nicole Callebaut: Painting and Paperworks, Frank Bustamante Gallery, New York, NY, USA (1992) Nicole Callebaut: Acrylics and Handmade Papers, The Arts Club of Washington, DC, USA and Galerie 2016, Brussels, Belgium (1988)