His paintings, little elegiac bestiaries, are reflections on shelter and the increasingly fragile environment for species now seen as « refugees ». The representation of alienations between living beings and their habitats, as we see it in his paintings, illustrates how shelter sometimes become a prison, a restraint of life itself.
While revealing environmental concerns, the paintings create a necessary dialogue between humans and animals. By the choice of strategic imagery, the painter depicts a Quebec identity and set this dialogue very close to home. The exhibition itself becomes a collective self-portrait. This iconographic familiarity encourages the travel through the art and universe of Carlos Ste-Marie.
Carlos Ste-Marie lives and works in Sainte-Brigitte-de-Laval. He has had several one-man exhibitions and participated in numerous international collectives and events in Quebec, Canada and abroad (Mexico, France, Poland, Cuba). His work is part of many private and public collections. His research in painting is supported by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Canada Council for the Arts. In 2000, he received the René-Richard Scholarship as part as his Master of Fine Arts at Laval University. Coming from the world of music, he pursues, along with its visual activities, a musical production first born more than 25 years ago.
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