Nea Borgel

Nea Borgel, a Jewish Parisian artiste peintre settled in the 20th arrondissement of Paris, unveils the essence of human connection through her vibrant canvases. Born and bred in Paris, Nea’s art embodies a profound narrative of solidarity with Africa and reverence for African artists. Her oeuvre predominantly revolves around portraiture, with a gallery of characters ranging from the esteemed actress Aïssa Maïga to an enigmatic Amérindienne, or a mesmerising butō dancer from the Indonesian tradition, gracing her collection. Each portrait is not merely a depiction but a living entity, endowed with a name, a backstory, and a psychological profile.

Her deep-rooted connection to the 20th arrondissement is a poignant thread in her narrative. A vintage photograph captured by Robert Doisneau in 1969 immortalises Nea’s mother strolling down rue Vilin, a testament to her family’s enduring presence in the neighbourhood since the 1960s. Nestled between the bustling Porte de Bagnolet and the charming Porte des Lilas, Nea finds solace in the diversity and vibrancy of her community. It’s a place where cultures converge, conversations flow freely, and support for artists flourishes—a haven where Nea’s artistic spirit finds nourishment and inspiration.