Born in Brussels in 1928. Died in 2019 in Paris, France.
Agnès Varda, after being graduated with her bachelor degree, followed photography evening classes. She was also auditor at the Sorbonne and Ecole du Louvre. She was photographer at the Festival d'Avignon, then at the T.N.P directed by Jean Vilar. She wrote, directed and produced her first feature-length movie in 1954, La Pointe courte. Cléo de 5 à 7 (1961) is widely acclaimed. Then, short and feature-length movies, documentaries and fiction alternated. Among them : Happiness (1964, Silver Bear in Berlin), Vagabond (1985, Golden Lion in Venice), The Gleaners and I (2000), The Beaches of Agnès (César 2009), Faces Places co-directed with artist JR (2017, selected for the 2018 Oscars).
In 2003, she had her exhibition, Patatutopia, at the Venice Biennale. Then, she presented several solo shows : in 2006, L'Île et Elle at the Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain (Paris, France) ; in 2009, La Mer... Etsetera at the Centre Régional d'Art Contemporain Languedoc-Roussillon (Sète, France) ; in 2012 Y'a pas que la mer at the Musée Paul Valéry (Sète, France), Plages et pages chinoises at the CAFA Museum (Beijing, China) ; in 2013 Agnès Varda in Californialand at the LACMA (Los Angeles, USA) ; in 2015, Agnès Varda : Photographes get moving (potatoes and shells, too) at the Logan Center (Chicago, USA) ; in 2016, is exhibited Varda/Cuba at the Centre Pompidou (Paris, France), Patates & Compagnie at the Musée d'Ixelles (Brussels, Belgium) ; in 2017, Varda/Cuba au Musée National des Beaux Arts de Cuba (Havana).
In 2015, she is awarded by the Honorary Palme d'Or at the Festival de Cannes, and in 2017, by the Honorary Oscar, for her entire work.
The work of Agnès Varda is featured in many international collections such as: the Centre d'Art de Chamarande (France), the Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain (France), the FRAC Alsace (France), the MoMA (USA), the CNAP (France), the MAC/VAL (France), the Musée Paul Valéry (France), the CAFA Art Museum (China), the Institut Culturel Bernard Magrez (France), the LACMA (USA).
Agnès Varda has been represented by la Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris/Brussels, since 2010.