Born in 1965 in Brazzaville (Republic of Congo) where she resides, Bill Kouélany did not expected to be a painter. "I had other ambitions in high school, I was writing and I was very interested in cinema. I wanted to be a director. I failed the Baccalauréat. At that time, there were painting workshops at the French Cultural Center (FCC) in Brazzaville. My first experience began in 1990 with the poetry of Tchicaya U Tam'si. I found myself in this poetry, perhaps because Tchicaya is a tormented soul. It's really from that moment I started to fiercely commit myself to painting.”
Bill Kouélany is also the author of "Cafard, cafarde” a play presented at the International Theatre of French Language at La Villette in Paris.
She has been showcased for the first time in Cameroon during a residency with the urban workshops Doual’art. Since then, she has been exhibited in various venues in Africa and Europe. To name a few: the 5th Dak’art Biennale, in 2002, with “Creators from Central Africa”; the FCC in Brazzaville, Kinshasa, in 2003; and in a residence in Nantes for the exhibition “Beauties from Africa,” in 2004.
Bill Kouélany paints and writes in the same way one scrutinizes her/himself, with a scalpel and an ironic blink. In her work, you can perceive the contrary forces and indecision coming from the bestiary registry and the animal realm. Her works express the visual transcription of disorders and tightness as well as the captivating frame where both known and unconscious antagonisms come together.