Originally from the province of Ontario in Canada, Aurafidélité Arindam studied for her Master’s degree at McGill University in Montreal. In 1991 she moved to James Bay in Victoria, British Columbia.
Aura uses coloured pencils and acrylics for her botanical drawings and paintings and she has now ventured into painting acrylic seascapes as well. She apprenticed with her late husband, an accomplished professional artist who studied under Salvador Dali and at prestigious international art schools around the world. His artwork was exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. For several years, they also worked for a UNESCO-sponsored project whose aim was to bring human unity and peace between various nations of the world. She is now an accomplished artist in her own right.
Aurafidélité is a registered member of the Botanical Artists of Canada and the American Society of Botanical Artists. Her orchid drawings received 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize ribbons at the Victoria Orchid Society’s 28th Annual Show & Sale. Her artwork has been featured on CHEK News television, on local radio and in publications including Focus magazine, Boulevard magazine, James Bay Beacon newspaper, B.C. Iris Society Newsletter and the Botanical Artists of Canada Newsletter. Her artwork has been shown and sold at Butchart Gardens, Sooke Harbour House Gallery, Legacy Art Gallery, Munro's, Emily Carr House, The Papery, Moss Street Paint-In, Serious Coffee in James Bay, during the American Iris Society National Convention and the James Bay Art Walks and to private art collectors. She does private art commissions and teaches how to draw botanicals in coloured pencils. Lately she has joined the MadArters for group art shows.
“I feel it is important to stop and admire the beauty of nature in our lives in order to provide some peace within and enrich our soul, both individually and collectively. It is my hope to communicate beauty, peace and hope for the future of humanity and our natural environment through my artwork.”