Renée Plantureux- Ricaut, pseudonyme Ophélie, was born in Algiers, (Algeria) in August 1934. After the independence of Algeria, she lived in different countries, including France. She currently lives in Montpellier, France. For 30 years, beginning in 1967, she owned and operated her own Jewelry shop “Ophélie” (located in Montpellier).
Ophélie is self-taught. When she was 42 years old, she decided to start painting in watercolor. Later, she experimented with oil on canvas and was invited to show her paintings in different group exhibitions in France where she has built up a reputation as a talented and sensitive landscape painter.
In 1989, when she visited Ireland for the first time, she immediately fell in love with the green country. She has been visiting Ireland for 29 years and she paints exclusively the landscapes and seascapes of Connemara.
Selected group Exhibitions:
1981: Premier prix Salon d’Autone in Montpellier – 1992: Médaille de bronze “Grand prix de Arceaux in Montpellier”
1993: Salon d’Art Contemporain Munich, Germany. –
1993: Médaille d’Argent, Salon des peintres naturalistes à Montpellier.
1994: Medaille d’Or de la ville de Montpellier. – 1994: Médaille d’Or “L’Art et le Vin” Maraussan (Hérault)
1996: Premier de Peintures à Port-Camargues (Gard)
2000: Prix du Président “Les Ambassadeurs de l’Art, Archevéché d’Uzès (Gard)
2001: SALON DES INDEPENDANTS à Paris.
2002: WHO’S WHO INTERNATIONAL ART in Paris
2005: Premier Prix du Salon de Prin temps, Port-Camargues (Gard)
1984, 2000, 2002: Centre Culturel André Malreaux (Castelneau-le-Lez, Hérault)
Participation in different groups exhibitions: Montpellier, Beziers, Nîmes, Antibes, Juan-les-Pins, Nice, Paris, Munich.