Vanessa Decort graduated in 1998, from LUCA School of Arts in Brussels, with a Master degree in Audiovisual and Visual Arts, Graphic Design and illustration.

After her studies she illustrated children's books and book covers for several publishers.
After working as an illustrator and multimedia designer for a few years, she left the commercial world and went back to Visual Arts education. With her Educational Master in Audiovisual and Visual Arts she teaches now at the Academy of Art while working on her own projects.

With her illustrations she tries to explore other worlds: the fourth dimension, fairy tales and myths, her own experiences and fantasy. In her work there are also references to holism and the Science of Wholeness originating from: oriental philosophies and other cultures.

Vanessa seeks to challenge the paranoia and egomania of the competitive Western society through her work.

The name Vanessa is also a genus of brush-footed butterflies.
Vanessa cardui is a well-known colourful butterfly known as ‘The Painted Lady‘ or in North America as ‘The Cosmopolitan‘. This butterfly has a strange pattern of flying in a sort of screw shape.
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