Self-taught artist Roger Cantin was born in Quebec in 1930 and completed his studies at the École des beaux-arts in Quebec City in 1964 to begin his career as a figurative painter. In his paintings, he uses watercolour and acrylic painting. His works are distinguished by his mastery of space (composition), shape (simplicity) and colour (using black, white, blue, green, yellow, ocher often dominated by shades of gray).
Cantin is a sensitive and reserved artist who infuses the soul of the objects and landscapes he paints. He paints with an inner vision of things, he is inspired by his subject rather than copying it. Cantin is particularly fond of Quebec houses, the streets of Old Quebec, interior settings, landscapes and still lifes.
"Roger Cantin’s painting is a closely guarded treasure, as though it were hiding from the prying eyes of amateurs in too much of a hurry. Without being a timid act, his paintings express, with infinite delicacy, the intimacy of a man both quiet and worried. The different shades of gray that characterize so well his approach describe the fragility of humans, moving through their lives in attempt to dodge obstacles. This dull and yet very noticeable quietness hides deep emotion. In short, the work of Roger Cantin deserves to be watched, cajoled, and looked at, to finally reveal the strength of this extraordinary painter. Well known for his landscapes and still lifes – built around his finds in flea markets – his art is also enriched by characters painted with great simplicity and brought to sight with great fondness."
Quebec artist Roger Cantin’s paintings are part of many public and private collections. He is represented by a dozen contemporary art galleries in Quebec.