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Marcella Maltais

 

 

Canadian Grand Master, Quebec artist painter, Marcella Maltais was born in Chicoutimi in 1933. She studied at the École des beaux-arts de Québec from 1949 to 1954. In 1958, Marcella Maltais is established in Paris and travels in Europe. Exiled voluntary of Quebec, she shares her time between studios in Paris and Hydra in Greece, St-Isidore in Beauce then Quebec. She lives and works in Paris. The work of Marcella Maltais is impregnated with light "to paint is not to be expressed with forms and colours; to paint, it is to return the light. "From 1957 to 1967 works of Marcella Maltais are abstract, not-figurative, automatist and 1968-1988 there is a return to figuration. 

"Marcella Maltais is associated with both the movement of abstraction and figuration. At the beginning of her career, her expression was inspired by the automatist movement. Then, at the end of the years 1960, after a stay in Greece, the artist returned to figuration permanently. She lives and works in Paris since the end of 1950.

Which places occupies Marcella Maltais in the history of art? Difficult to define her in some lines, but her contribution will certainly not go unnoticed, because she is a pioneer of our modernity. Painter, writer, she also leaves her mark by her ideas and... some controversy. A woman of character with talents so multiple as exceptional. "
Robert Bernier

Her works are in many public and private collections in Quebec, Canada and abroad.