Carmen Dionyse is born in Gent on March 19, 1921. Between 1938 and 1946 she is following the whole program at the Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten in Gent. She was taught (painting, print-making and applied arts) by Jos Verdegem and Geo Bontick. She married Fons De Vogelaere, her new job became housewife. Between 1955 and 1958 she studied ceramics at the same Academy, but switched to sculpture, especially human figures. In 1956 she set up her own studio in Ghent. Between 1966 and 1969 she was taught at the Hoger Instituut voor Paramedische Beroepen in Ghent. In 1967 Carmen became member of IAC (International Academy of Ceramics) in Geneva. Carmen Dionyse was teacher at the Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten in Ghent between 1968 and 1984. With an boundless selfdicipline and inventiveness Carmen Dionyse found her way through the labyrinth of the ceramic sculpture. As an alchemist she has experimented with countless combinations of clay, kiln temperatures and glazes (text: lievelambrecht.be).
Pictures: portrait (source DBNL); sculpture Hades (source Kunstforum); sculptures Die vier Elemente (source Provinzial.com).
Carmen Dionyse is applying in her works mythological and biblical themes which she modelled into an own sculptural postmythology. In her works one can recognize antique and eastern cultures, but her sculptures are always original (text: lievelambrecht.be).