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Didier Nolet French American Artist

“Flying Dream” oil on canvas  72" x 72"  2003

Didier-Nolet French American Artist in Studio with Work

"Asian Mood" oil on canvas  60" x 90"  2013

Didier Nolet, "Silence", Oil on Canvas

"Silence"  oil on canvas  70" x 96"  1998


Didier has been a professional artist for the past forty years and has been affiliated with the Chicago art scene since 1980. His work is represented in numerous museums and corporate and private collections throughout the United States and Europe. He maintains a studio in Bridgeport and continues to exhibit frequently all over the Chicago area.



Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts – Diplome Superieur d'Art Plastique



Oil and acrylic paint, oil and soft pastel, drawing

Areas of focus: Large scale imaginary landscape painting, contemporary romantic realism




Exhibition highlights

  • "Journey Through Dreams," Addington Gallery, Chicago IL – 2017 "Time Freeze," Robert Morris University, Chicago, IL – 2011

  • Marilyn Pearl Gallery, New York, NY – 1992

  • "Dreams of a Man Awake," Chicago Cultural Center/Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL – 1990-1991


Other interests and inspirations

Cooking, BBQ, gardening


Publication highlights

  • “Lighthouses on Mag Mile Shine for Charitable Effort,” Beverly Review – July 24, 2018

  • Gordon, Hayward, Art and the Gardener; Fine Paintings as Inspiration for Garden Design, pub. Gibbs Smith – 2008

  • Artner, Alan, “Nolet’s Landscapes Map is Emotions,” Chicago Tribune – December 2001


Didier’s teaching style

He adapts his one-on-one teaching approach according to each student’s personality and need.  He guides the technique of students and is particularly interested when students put their soul into their work.



"A Twist Of Nature"

In 2018, I was invited to create a piece of art out of a 6-foot fiberglass lighthouse for a project called Lighthouse on the Mag Mile. 51 of them were displayed for two months on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. Mine found a nice spot right in front of Neiman Marcus. The event was planned by Chicago Lighthouse an organization that has been serving people with vision loss and the veterans for over 100 years. 


As shown on CBS Sunday Morning to a national audience, The Chicago Lighthouse championed the cause of access and inclusion through its popular art display, Lighthouses on The Mag Mile.


Through Lighthouses on The Mag Mile, we sparked a worldwide conversation about access and inclusion for people with disabilities. Let’s build upon this momentum and keep the message of the lighthouses alive!



“A Twist on Nature”  acrylic on fiberglass form  72”  2018

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