She enrolled in a Fine Arts class at l’Académie Marc Torrijos, a private school in Lyon. In her three years
at the academy, she developed her personality as an artist, perfecting her drawing and painting skills. All
of the artistic techniques were available to her during this time...
Between fine arts and advertising, she will go on to devote her life to art and art history, including visits to major Parisian museums.
She started her career by exhibiting paintings at various venues in Lyon, under the guidance of her Fine
Carla Bonnefoi's painting style remained quite academic during these first few years. Her early style was
mainly inspired by Flemish painting, with a brush, in oil, with fine attention to detail, using mediums and impastos in the manner of the great old painters such as Leonardo da Vinci, etc.
She then obtained a degree as an art expert, which was indispensable as she opened her contemporary art gallery, The Galerie Hermès. After the Galerie Hermès's inauguration, she will go on to run it for 17 years, organizing monthly vernissages with renowned international artists. .