Bio / CV

Biography

Patrice (Pat) Cantin was born in Jonquière on November 27, 1978. He graduated in photography and painting from the CÉGEP de Jonquière, he studied visual and media arts at the University of Quebec in Chicoutimi, then at the University of Quebec in Montreal, where he earned his bachelor’s degree He explores the interdisciplinary aspect of painting and performance, as well as painting and music.
At a very young age, Cantin remembers that he drew … Everywhere. “I drew: in my locker at school, my notebooks, my diaries, my skateboards.” An object once drawn is no longer just an object but its creation. Cantin could have had a career as a graffiti artist, but his many interests took him elsewhere.

His creative process was born in two stages. The idea of painting comes first from a composition and a color. Composition, especially for his abstract works, is often the sum of ideas accumulated over time. “I don’t take notes. The shapes, the moods, the colors, the contrasts are superimposed in my head.” The material, on the other hand, often stems from previous work on the canvas. There may be several overlays at the beginning of a painting. But it is the movement of matter that determines the rest of the work, the result of which is never predetermined.

“I love everything about creation. I have so many projects to do, it’s an obligation to get up in the morning: I have to create.”

Formation

2002 Bachelor of Visual and Media Arts, UQAC and UQAM

Solo exhibitions(selection)

2019 Carte Blanche Gallery, Montreal, Quebec

2018 Carte Blanche Gallery, Montreal, Quebec

2017 Carte Blanche Gallery, Montreal, Quebec

2014 Rack Gallery, Montreal, Quebec

Group exhibitions (selection)

2019 Toronto Outdoor Art Fair ,Toronto, Ontario

2019 On board, MarcGosselin Gallery, Montreal, Quebec

2019 MTL in Arts, Montreal, Quebec

2019 ARTSAIDS 9, MX Gallery, Montreal, Quebec

2018 5445-5455 de Gaspé, MuséeRomeo, Montreal, Quebec (romeosgin.com/musee-romeos)

2018 Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, Toronto, Ontario

2018 MTL in Arts, Montreal, Quebec

2018 ARTSAIDS 8, MX Gallery, Montreal, Quebec

2017 The Other Art Fair, Saatchi Art, Brooklyn, New York

2017 Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, Toronto, Ontario

2017 MTL in Arts, Montreal, Quebec

2017 ARTSAIDS 8, MX Gallery, Montreal, Quebec

2016 D/VISION, Carte Blanche Gallery Montreal, Quebec

2016 Ludovik, Trip à trois, Montreal, Quebec

2016 Parle moi d’amour, LesImpatients, Montreal, Quebec

Press review

Entre l’horreur et la beautée, Ton Barbier (https://bit.ly/2pbisfX)

Pat Cantin at carte Blanche Gallery, Fugues magazine(https://bit.ly/31Sm43u)

Un trip à trois qui s’expose, Fugues magazine (https://bit.ly/2Wjp5bU)

Pat Cantin, portraitiste du mec urbain contemporain, Robert Desaulniers (https://bit.ly/2WqWuS7)

Un vernissage signé Pat Cantin, Passion Mtl (https://bit.ly/31UX2AR)

Bibliography

2017Beards Rock, by Sarah “The Barber of Paris”, Cernunnos, p.126-131

Videography

Artist’s Portrait, Deserres(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YurDWMWAOJ0)

Artists Portraits, Art BangBang (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3v8f0ArAiJk)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3v8f0ArAiJk )

Romeo Museum, Museum Promotional Video(https://bit.ly/2JvmmqF)

Prices and mentions

2016 MTL in Arts , AudienceAward

2016 MTL in Arts , Best Kiosk Design Award