I am a nomad, traveling all of my life. I express my existential urgency via oil paint, photography, writing, poetry. I am an art scholar (PhD). Specializing in traditional Chinese/Japanese ink painting and its aesthetic principles (the use of 'emptiness', 'floating perspective', 'movement of energy') and contemporary art from China while being trained in oil painting in Europe balances my work between East and West.

I like the color 青, the 'color of mountains in the distance' in traditional Chinese and Japanese inkpainting, translated as ‘blue’, ‘green’, or ‘black’. As soon as I pick up the brush I disappear into the mountains transferring the tranquility around me onto the canvas, I splash waves into seascapes or compose cloudscapes. I want to create a realm of nomadic freedom in which the spectator can roam and wander in close connection to nature. 


I am also interested in power (post/de/re)colonization), in how power works through myth building, the readiness of masses of people to blindly serve and follow, in bottom-up dynamics and in the tipping point - a split second in which everything turns around and mighty power falls into pieces, in the invincible power of resistance and the impact individual people can have in creating countermovements, and in the role of art and cultural memory.


This site lists a selection of oil paintings I have created since 2011 (a major turning point in my life) and exhibitions from recent years. My name in characters is εŒ…εΎ·ηœŸ. 


Publications: jeanneboden.com

Photography: Photoblog

Interviews: Video

IG: jbodenart

Asian Art Archive


© Image Artist at Work: Diana Dimbueni