Karine Bartoli was born in 1971 in Ajaccio. She enrolled at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts in Marseille where she graduated in 1997. Since then she has devoted herself to the practice of painting. Her work is figurative, a field challenged nowadays by the imagery of new media, that can produce instantly seductive visual results. The subjects - beach paintings mostly - of Karine Bartoli's paintings are inspired by photographs of the southern light where the artist lived and have as a subject the interaction between characters and their surroundings.