Claudie Titty Dimbeng, simply known as DIMBENG, was born in Abidjan in 1968.

After living in Austria, she moved to Paris in 1986 where she studied Interior Architecture at the École Supérieure des Arts Modernes. In 1999, after some professional experience, notably in the parisian boutique of Paloma Picasso, she decided to return to art by devoting herself fully to painting, and  trained at mixed media with the Ivorian plastic artist Valérie N'dri Gervais (1970-2006), 1st Prize at the annual exhibition of the Art Students League of New York, and Prix du Merit at the annual "Manhattan Art International" competition. 

 

She created her own painting technique, which she called Mixed Art Relief, based on  the fusion of colors, coating  and  organic  material, such as  tapa (bark cloth), or raffia, which gradually reveals abstract or figurative forms. This technique is halfway between Mixed Media and Vohou Vohou, an Ivorian artistic movement of the 1970s, of which Dimbeng retains the use of materials from one’s original environment for the emphasis of one’s culture.

 

She improved her skills with the Spanish painter Valentin Caro (1956-),  Madrid Academy of Fine Arts, the composition of the coating,  the sanding of texture and  the technique of  sfumato  that gave a new dimension to the Art Mixed Relief, thanks to the blurring of the contours  that creates a link between the forms, thus offering a harmony between texture and color. For Dimbeng, this technique favours intercultural dialogue by connecting the painter's original culture with those of her/his adopted or passing territories.

    

The fabric of her body of work covers themes relating to; the woman, the caring relationship to nature, human relations through travel and encounter, African spirituality and its contribution to humanity. For her first exhibition in her native country in 2013, we find in particular the African deities or the Bambara mythology, in her series "Back to the Future" inspired by Sankofa, an Akan  concept. She devoted 3 series to women through the "Gyneaceum" which she defines as a feminine space inviting women to define  themselves in order to participate in the construction of the world, and to meet in a principle of sorority, sharing, knowledge and initiation to family, pleasure, sexuality and the power to give birth.

 

Dimbeng's works have been exhibited at UNESCO, the Kino Kino Museum in Sandnes, in Vilnius City Hall, and the Egg Art Studio gallery in New Delhi. Her body of work can be found in private collections in Europe, notably in France, Lithuania and Austria, Africa, Ivory Coast, Cameroon and South Africa, as well as in Canada and India. Dimbeng is a member of the International Association of Arts, IAA, a UNESCO partner, and a member of the French National Council of Plastic Arts, CNFAP.