Marlène Mocquet was born in 1979 in Maison-Alfort. She graduated in 2006 from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts de Paris. She lives and works in Paris.
Marlène Mocquet had her artistic revelation at the age of 15, when she was locked in a hospital room for anorexia. For three months, she had only pencils and sheets to deal with. When she got out, she immediately started painting.
Figuration is primordial to her. Her works represent an introspection, the representation is synonymous with expression of emotions. In her influences, she mentions Robert Malaval, Josep Grau-Garriga and Paul Rebeyrolle. If some compare her to Jerome Bosch, she indicates however to have discovered his art only late, so this proximity is not voluntary. She is in constant dialogue with order and chaos, allowing herself creative freedom. She lets chance starting her paintings, by plunging them in an emulsion bath of lean and fat bodies. She then chooses the story she wants to tell: a universe of strange creatures, shimmering colors and plants.