About The Artist Avé Madiol Veneklasen

Avé Madiol Veneklasen is a figurative painter working primarily in acrylics and pastels. Born in Illinois in 1952, she grew up surrounded by the paintings of her Dutch grandfather, Arnold Madiol, and his ancestors who were famous artists in the European tradition of the Netherlands. The visual exposure, along with the rich and colorful narratives by her father, James Madiol, led her to pursue her talents and graduate with high honors with a degree in Art/Painting from Grand Valley State University.


Avé’s work centers on the figure as a vehicle to express her enthusiasm about life. Her pieces are emotionally charged, using bold color and definitive line. Her sensuous use of paint is direct and textural and she uses the poses of the models she works with to express not only their unique individuality but her passionate energy. Her most recent work has centered on “the experience” of making art. Working with live models in the studio has given the new paintings abundant vitality and authenticity. In addition to the paintings, her pastel drawings are some of her freshest and most electrically charged work. Bold and direct, using rich and unexpected color, they capture the essence of the pose in the moment, with all of its deep language.


Avé’s work has won many awards and has been exhibited throughout the United States. She taught painting at Jackson Community College and holds classes and workshops in her Studio. She has two daughters and three grandchildren. She lives and works in Jackson, Michigan with her husband Steven and her sheltie, Simba.



What Inspires My Art

I am primarily a figurative painter interested in the body as a vehicle for expression and communication. I use this imagery as an outlet to express my feelings. My pieces are full of bold color and definitive lines making them emotionally charged. I work directly from the live model because I consider the three dimensional visual experience to be superior. There is also an energy exchange that happens between the artist and the model in a live setting that is important to me. Body language is a powerful tool for communication and I am very interested in this non-verbal expression.