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Giliane Bader
Watertown, MA

About the Artist

Giliane is a self-taught artist who pursued art classes until 16 then chose to explore art without constraints, going with the flow. Observation – through photography, and pattern or system analysis – was a common thread in her various pursuits. After a forty-year hiatus, Giliane is back full time as a creative artist since 2018.

Born in the Sahara, starting schooling in Germany, she traveled back to her native country as a civil war emerged. Back to France, a few years later, along with many refugees, she welcomed her family’s relocation to Tahiti a year later. This was a time of he…

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About the Artist

Giliane is a self-taught artist who pursued art classes until 16 then chose to explore art without constraints, going with the flow. Observation – through photography, and pattern or system analysis – was a common thread in her various pursuits. After a forty-year hiatus, Giliane is back full time as a creative artist since 2018.

Born in the Sahara, starting schooling in Germany, she traveled back to her native country as a civil war emerged. Back to France, a few years later, along with many refugees, she welcomed her family’s relocation to Tahiti a year later. This was a time of healing and reconnection with nature. After traveling on her own to Africa, Turkey, Egypt, West French Indies, Giliane settled in Boston, Massachusetts, tucked between the Charles River and Atlantic Ocean.

Growing-up, she developed a visceral bond to the lands surrounding her – crabbing in the Mediterranean, watching tropical fishes fluttering around corals in the Tahitian lagoon, swimming in the Congo River or exploring a copper mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Drawn to Eastern philosophies since her stay in Tahiti, Giliane became a practitioner of various Chinese martial arts.

Her sensitivity to nature along with her meditation practices are her source of inspiration. The fauna and flora, colors, patterns and light qualities she encountered in Africa, the Mediterranean and Tahiti flow surreptitiously throughout her work.

Her process is best explained by the Taoist concept of "wu wei", which translates as "doing without doing" – action arises from an empty mind without preconception or agenda. This approach often means going through chaos to create harmony with patterns, space, colors, and motion. Even as her composition develops more consciously, it retains the feel of spontaneity, intuitive awareness, and the initial moment. A work starts without any inkling of outcome; its development is a fascinating journey of discovery.

Artist’s Work

Aspens harmony
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Aspens Harmony

By Giliane Bader

Autumn 14
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Autumn

By Giliane Bader

Winter forest 2
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Winter Forest

By Giliane Bader

Lez river in the south of france
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Lez River in the South of France

By Giliane Bader

Life in the lagoon
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Life in the Lagoon

By Giliane Bader

Fall has arrived
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Fall Has Arrived

By Giliane Bader

River spirit
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River Spirit

By Giliane Bader

Welcome to my world
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Welcome To My World

By Giliane Bader

Water reflections 2
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Water Reflections

By Giliane Bader

Marine universe
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Marine Universe

By Giliane Bader

Selected Exhibitions

  • Silber Way Arts Exhibition -Boston University
    Boston, 2020
  • University Place Gallery
    Cambridge, 2019
  • Brickbottom Artists Gallery
    Somerville, 2019
  • Kathryn Schultz Gallery
    Cambridge, 2019
  • Cube Art Fair
    Brussels, Belgium, 2016