Patricia THIELEN

*1969, Ettelbruck (L)

Patty (Patricia) Thielen was born in 1969 in Ettelbruck. She is an art teacher at the technical college of the same town and one of the few female cartoonists/caricaturists in Luxembourg.

In high school, Patty was naturally drawn to the art section. She graduated from high school in Diekirch in 1988 and went to secretarial college Grandjean in Luxembourg City from which she graduated a year later. She decided then to devote herself to her passion and enrolled at St. Luc Institute in Brussels to study fine arts. Patty Thielen specialised in illustration and passed with distinction in 1993. The same year she enrolled at University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Strasbourg where she obtained her master’s degree in fine arts in 1996. She then started her career as an educational consultant and eventually started teaching arts in Ettelbruck in 2001.

From the early 90’s onwards Patty published a variety of artworks for different purposes.
From 1992 to 1997 she was actively involved in the Kiischpelter Cartoonale. Between 1994 and 1997 she was in charge of the Summerakademie cartoon workshop organized by CEPA in Wilwerwiltz and in Luxembourg City. In 1993 she won a 1st prize at the Tremplin illustration contest in Brussels and one year later she received the visitor’s award at the Kiischpelter Cartoonale. Then in 1995 she won the open theme prize at Lellger Konschtfestival and in 1996 she’s got a 4th prize at the International Cartoon-Festival, Knokke-Heist.

From 1994 to 1997 Patty Thielen provi-ded illustrations for the youth magazine Zack and the Marienkalender. In 1994 and 1995 she worked for Fédération Luxembourgeoise des Editeurs at the book fair in Frankfurt and furnished the illustrations for Schreiw mer eng Geschicht, a contest held within the framework of the 1st and 2nd Salon du Livre de l’Enfance et de la Jeunesse. Afterwards she mostly illustrated Luxembourgish books like, for example, those of Henri Losch.

Patty Thielen’s drawing style varies according to the techniques she uses and from a graphical and technical point of view her caricatures and cartoons rank with the best in Luxembourg. Her humour is often critical but never offensive. Patty’s amicable style lends itself better to social criticism than to political diatribe.