Born in West Berlin, Marlis Ladurée arrived in France in 1978, where she was to become one of the first artists to paint contemporary Mandalas. Of her first experience with the "magical circle - the esoteric diagrammes", she says :
"25 years ago, although I had been a student in design and fashion illustrations, I was already keen on Asia. My soul probably comes from there..."
Inspiration struck in 1989, during a lecture she was attending as part of her course with Shri Mahesh French Federation of Hatha Yoga.
Looking back, we can see that her early works followed a logical sequence, still inspired by temples - temples dedicated to the body first, then those of Indian mythology and eventually cosmic temples.