Carolina von Humboldt is an exquisite trompe l’oeil painter, who turns bare walls into masterpieces. Von Humboldt has been painting since she was a little girl, and has turned that talent into an amazing career. She worked as a young textile designer for D. Porthault and Eliakim in Paris in the ‘90s, and it was there that she developed her interest in painted surfaces. She began her vocation creating intricate wall designs for houses on Mexico’s Pacific coast, and in between studies in Paris and courses in Rome and Milan, her reputation grew.
Since moving to New York five years ago, she had become one of the most sought-after trompe l’oeil artists. She specializes in this technique as well as contemporary and traditional faux finishes. You’ll find her work in homes across the country and all over the world, as well as in hotels such as the Four Seasons.
No project in too large or too small, and she has done everything from backsplashes and small walls to entire resorts. Whether the job is a specific client request or an original idea of her own, von Humboldt has worked with many successful architects and celebrity clientele to produce beautiful results. She finds her work constantly exciting: “always a new story, a new adventure, and a different place, light, and atmosphere.”
Coffiinier says he knew von Humboldt would understand the concept of a very “classicist but fresh, new, and lighthearted basis. It had to be sketcky but precise, whimsical but on a very grounded basis. This is why we like working with Carolina, she gets it. She get it before you even say it, she has the flair for the right answer, the right mood, and her execution technique is masterly. She always amazing me.”