Québec Artist Bios

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 Altmejd
David Altmejd, Sans titre. L’idée dure de l’homme lui sort par la tête, 2007, Plaster, glass beads, plastic beads, 61 x 61 x 61 cm
David AltmejdDavid Altmejd was born in Montréal in 1974. He lives and works in New York. He has degrees in visual art from UQAM (BA, 1998) and Columbia University (MFA, 2001). He has held solo exhibitions in Québec (Galerie de l’UQAM, 2007), Skol and Optica (2003), Clark (1998), B-312 (1999), in the United States (Andrea Rosen Gallery, since 2004), Gallery Met at the Metropolitan Opera House (2008) and in Europe (Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London, since 2006), the Magasin in Grenoble (2009) and the Fundació La Caixa Museum, Barcelone (2007). David Altmejd has participated in the Liverpool Biennial (2008), the Whitney Biennial (2004) and the Istanbul Biennale (2003) as well as in many important group shows: Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal (2008), Guggenheim Bilbao (2008), Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver (2007-08), Kunsthalle Bonn (2007), Kunstmuseum Bern (2006), Museum Ludwig in Cologne (2006) and Kunsthalle Frankfurt (2005). Altmejd was representing Canada at the 2007 Venice Biennale where he has shown two monumental works: The Index (since now acquired by the Art Galllery of Ontario, ) and The Giant 2. David Altmejd has, in just a few years, attracted interest from contemporary art critics and specialists on the international scene. He is represented by the Andrea Rosen Gallery (New York) and Stuart Shave/Modern Art (London).

 De Groot
Raphaëlle de Groot, Tous ces visages / All those faces (detail), 2007-08, Installation: video (LCD monitor), Polaroid pictures, paper masks, text, drawings, sound (headphones on pedestal), display tables, dimensions variable
Raphaëlle de GrootRaphaëlle de Groot was born in 1974 in Montreal where she lives and works. She has presented several solo exhibitions in Canada and abroad, the most recent at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery (2009), Le Quartier, Quimper (2008), the Galleria Z2O – Sara Zanin, Rome (2007) and the Galerie de l’UQAM, Montréal (2006). She has participated in group shows including The Québec Triennial (Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (2008), Making Real, Quebec Scene (Ottawa, 2007), Negotiating Us, Here and Now (Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds, UK, 2005) and “We come in peace...” Histories of the Americas (Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, 2004). De Groot has often worked in the framework of artist residencies. She stayed at the Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto (Biella, 2002-2004), where she carried out a project with workers in a textile factory. After that experience, she started exploring art-related contexts (art schools, museums and exhibition spaces) as settings to directly involve visitors and students in art making processes. Raphaëlle de Groot holds Master’s degree in visual and media arts from UQAM, Montréal. She was awarded several grants from the Canada Council and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. She was awarded the Pierre-Ayot Prix d’excellence by the City of Montreal (2006) and nominated for the Sobey Art Award (2008). www.raphaelledegroot.net

 De Pauw
Manon De Pauw, DeL’apprentie (detail), 2008, selection of 3 elements digital proof, inkjet print and light box, 75 x 100 cm each
Manon De PauwManon De Pauw was born in North Vancouver in 1974 and lives and works in Montréal. She holds an MFA in visual and media art from the Université du Québec à Montréal (2003) and a BA from Concordia (1997). Her artistic research takes on different forms, such as video art, installation, performance, and photography. Her projects spring from a desire to link formalism and performative process, and to create complex visual situations out of a handful of elements. She has presented solo exhibitions at Galerie de l’UQAM (2009), Optica (Montréal, 2007), Trinity Square Video (Toronto, 2007), La Chambre blanche (Québec, 2006), Expression (St-Hyacinthe, 2005), Sylviane Poirier Art Contemporain (Montreal, 2004), Galerie Ipso Facto (Nantes, France, 2003), and DARE-DARE (Montreal, 2003), amongst others. Her work has been shown in numerous exhibitions and festivals in Canada, Europe, and Latin America, such as the Centre culturel Montehermoso, Vitoria-Gasteiz, (Spain, 2009), the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (2008, 2006), the 8è Bienal de video y nuevos medios de Santiago 2007 (Chili), the Gallery G39 (Cardiff, UK, 2005), the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Québec (2004) and the Musée régional de Rimouski (2004). Her work can be found in the collections of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, and the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec. www.manondepauw.com

 Grandmaison
Pascal Grandmaison, Verre 5 (installation view), 2004-2005, digital print, 183 x 183 cm
Pascal GrandmaisonPascal Grandmaison, born in1975, lives and works in Montréal. He holds a degree in visual art from UQAM (Montréal). He is known for the contemplative themes of his large-scale photographs and works in film and video. Capturing a psychological complexity through a minimal and detached view, his diverse subjects range from pensive portrait images to deep meditations on the legacies of modernist architecture. Pascal Grandmaison has exhibited extensively in Canada and Europe. He had numerous solos shows at Galerie René Blouin (Montréal), Jessica Bradley Art + Projects (Toronto), Carleton University Art Gallery (Ottawa), Art gallery of Hamilton, Galerie Georges Verney-Carron and Galerie BF 15 (Lyon, France), Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver), Galerie B-312 and Espace Vox (Montréal). In 2006, he had an important solo exhibition at the MusÈe d’art contemporain de Montréal that has toured to the National Gallery of Canada. He has also been included in group exhibitions at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (QuÈbec), Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Edmonton Art Gallery, Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art (Toronto), the Jack Shainman Gallery in New York, Casino Luxembourg - Forum d’art contemporain (Luxembourg), as well as the Prague Biennial 2005. He is represented by Galerie René Blouin, Montreal and Jessica Bradley Art + Projects, Toronto. www.pascalgrandmaison.com   

 Hannah
Adad Hannah, Al l Is Vanity (Mirror less Version), 2009, HD Video on 50” plasma screen, complete preserved set, 5.49 x 2.74 m
Adad HannahAdad Hannah was born in New York in 1971, spent his childhood in Israel and England, immigrated to Vancouver in the 1980’s and has lived and worked in Montreal since 2001. He has exhibited at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal (2008, 2009), Zendai MoMA, Shanghai (2009), Galerie Thomas Shulte (Berlin, 2008), Ke Center for Contemporary Art (Shanghai 2008), the Vancouver Art Gallery (2007), the National Gallery of Canada (2006), Ikon Gallery (Birmingham, 2006), the 4th Seoul International Media Art Biennale (2006), Casa Encendida (Madrid 2006) and Viper Basel (2004). In 2004 he won the Toronto Images Festival Installation/New Media Award, and the Bogdanka Poznanovic Award at Videomedeja 8. His work has been funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, the B.C Arts Council and the Vancouver Foundation/Contemporary Art Gallery. Hannah has recently finished a body of videos and photographs produced in collaboration with the Prado Museum in Madrid, a site-specific commission for the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, as well as a work produced with five sets of identical twins for the Vancouver Art Gallery. Adad Hannah is represented by Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain in Montreal. www.adadhannah.com



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