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I was born in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region of Quebec. It was on my father’s knees, at the age of three, that I learned to draw portraits of horses. I believe it was then that my interest in drawing emerged for the first time. At nine years of age, I took my first course in painting (on easel) at the Institut des Arts du Saguenay (the Saguenay Institute for the Arts), today the C.N.E. (Centre National d’Exposition de Jonquière). I continued my studies in fine arts at the Cégep (College) of Chicoutimi and completed a BA in teaching visual arts at the University of Quebec at Chicoutimi (UQAC) in 1978. I also obtained a certificate in art history from the same institution. Since the beginning of the 1980s, I have pursued many aspects of the visual arts. In addition to my painting, I have also worked as a commercial artist in graphic design and the decorative treatment of surfaces, including trompe-l’oeil.
I am a multi-disciplinary artist, working in drawing, painting, sculpture, computer graphics, installation, photography and the design of objects. In the 1990s, I created installations from pieces of recycled furniture, modifying their original appearance and giving them a second life.
I now devote myself entirely to painting – and teaching it at the Centre for the Arts and Culture in Chicoutimi (le Centre des Arts et de la Culture de Chicoutimi). Here in the region, my works have been shown at the Centre National d’Exposition de Jonquière, at the Centre des Arts et de la Culture de Chicoutimi, the Saguenay Lac Saint Jean museum, the Louis Hémon museum in Peribonka, and at the following art galleries: L’Ouevre de l’Autre at UQAC, the Harmattan in Baie Saint-Paul, and the Galerie De Nevers in Bromont. My works are now on permanent display at the Galerie d’Art la Corniche in Chicoutimi. To learn more about my career as an artist, please consult the list of my showings.
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