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Unveiling an Artistic Journey - Ghislaine Monte

XpBonaire Feature Story

A Story of Passion, Persistence, and Creative Exploration


In the colorful tapestry of the Caribbean art scene, Ghislaine Monte stands out as a vibrant thread, weaving her unique story of artistic discovery and expression. Born in Curaçao, Ghislaine's journey to become a renowned artist on Bonaire and beyond is one of passion, persistence, and unyielding creativity.


From an early age, Ghislaine's fascination with art was evident. Even in her earliest memories, she was often found with sketch paper in hand, capturing the world around her with strokes of color and imagination. Despite her innate talent, Ghislaine's path to pursuing art professionally was not without obstacles.


After completing her studies in Commercial Economics in the Netherlands, Ghislaine ventured to Bonaire as part of a Talent Development Program, TOP Bonaire, in 2019. It was here, amidst the tranquil beauty of the island, that she found the perfect canvas to explore her artistic vision further. Despite facing initial rejections from an art academy, Ghislaine remained undeterred, continuing to experiment with various mediums, techniques, and styles. 

Her journey took a significant turn when she embraced street art as a form of expression. Ghislaine's street art not only adorned the walls of Bonaire but also garnered international recognition, winning accolades at street art festivals in Germany and Italy. Her bold and vibrant street art became a symbol of her passion for pushing boundaries and challenging norms.


But Ghislaine's artistic pursuits extend far beyond the streets. She delved into illustration, bringing her unique artistic flair to the pages of her first children's book, "Bij mij thuis." With each brushstroke and digital illustration, Ghislaine's art captured the essence of Caribbean culture, celebrating its rich heritage and vibrant spirit. 

Among her diverse artistic repertoire, Ghislaine's paintings with acrylics and oil pastels stand out as a testament to her mastery of color, materials, and texture. Ever developing her style, she aims to become more vocal, take more risks, and simplify her style. In her atelier, you can clearly see her artistic journey.

In 2021, Ghislaine took a leap of faith and transitioned to become a full-time artist, later Establishing her atelier in Sobremesa, she immersed herself in her craft, offering workshops, creating captivating paintings, and captivating audiences with her mesmerizing murals. Sobremesa Kas di Arte became not just a studio, but a hub of creativity and inspiration, where Ghislaine's passion for art radiated in every stroke.


Her journey as an artist is not just about creating art, but also about fostering community and inspiring others to pursue their passions. Through her workshops and collaborations, Ghislaine empowers budding artists to explore their creativity and embrace their unique voices.


As Ghislaine's art continues to evolve, so too does her vision for the future. With a keen focus on expanding her artistic horizons, she seeks to travel beyond the shores of Bonaire, sharing her work with audiences across the ABC islands and beyond. Her ambition knows no bounds as she sets her sights on international exhibitions and collaborations.


But amidst her ambitions, Ghislaine remains grounded in her roots. Bonaire, with its tranquil shores and vibrant community, will always hold a special place in her heart. It is here, surrounded by the crystal-clear waters and gentle breezes, that Ghislaine finds inspiration and solace, fueling her creative spirit.


For Ghislaine Monte, being an artist is not just a profession, but a way of life—a journey of self-discovery and growth.  As she continues to paint the canvas of her life with bold and vibrant hues, her possibilities are endless, and the colors are infinite.





IG: Ghis.arts

Facebook: Art by Ghislaine Monte

Art Gallery: Sobremesa

Address: J.A. Abraham Boulevard 10

Open: Tuesday to Friday 2 - 5 pm, Saturday 11 to 2 pm

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