What do we say when we don't speak...

In today’s fast paced society, where time passes through our lives through events of all kinds, we are constantly evolving among invisible social areas. This group spirit is not only the passive resultant of a gregarious instinct, it creates a collective imprint, a collective unconsciousness, a collective memory, whatever the name, it is like an accumulation of energies nourished by the feelings, desires, ideals or fears of all our humanity.

 

As an artist, art brings its share of human confrontations and my inspiration is born in an unconscious form that is defined by a sensory receptivity that absorbs this egregore. What if we were able to generate together this shared consciousness? How would we translate it into words? How would we look at the world as a whole? How to analyze it? How would we understand it?

 

It is from these notions that my greatest concern, or rather my artistic unconscious, gives me the impression of being stuck in the existence of another. It creates a tension of emotions and feelings, which do not belong to me, but that I can transpose on canvas, leaving the pictorial trace of the emergence of a group spirit.

 

My approach is intuitively intuitive, certainly, but later, it is unraveled in the narrative form, to disappear under strata and layers of color, spots and footprints. Nothing is completed so long as there is no finality

Bio

Montreal-based artist Véronique Besançon was born in 1959 to a French father and Russian-Hungarian mother in Marrakesh. In 1965, her family moved to Paris where she pursued university studies in clinical psychology. Being human is already her first concern and challenges her in its complexity and essence. By focusing on the development of the person, she moved towards the field of pedagogy. She later moved to Montreal in 1997 for university where she developed an instant and profound crush with the city. She proceeded with a teaching career in educational technology at the Université de Montréal. From a young age, she explores art from improvisation methods in contemporary dance, theater, automatic writing, painting.

 

Self-taught artist, and since more than a decade, she explores the amalgam of pigments in a free gesture of pictorial abstraction. As colors and words draw her reflection, Véronique Besançon develops an artistic research that uses personal interiority to try to understand human complexity. She creates atmospheres that establish a dialogue between her characters. They reflect emotionally driven places and moments, flashes of stories, all of which bring out the human essence.

 

Véronique Besançon’s work has been showcased internationally at both private and public events. Her artistic career has been documented with books of her paintings and poems. 

CV

Solo exhibitions

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2019 - "From one continent to another" - Galerie 1040, Montreal

2019 - "Open heart" - Gallery space, Saint Sauveur
2018-19 - “Freeze frame, when emotion is revealed…” - Parcours M, Montreal

2017 - "I am the migrant traveler" - Galerie Espace, Montreal

2017 - “Words are windows or walls…” - Galerie Josette Tilmant, St Sauveur

2016 - Maison Parent-Roback, Montreal

2015 - “Selfie of you” - Atrium Verses, Montreal

2015 - Beaubien Cinema, Montreal

2014 - "Conciliabule" - Carrefour Culturel, Rosemont Petite Patrie, Montreal

2013 - "Vanishing point of the meeting" - Galerie Fabienne Rhein, Montreal

2013 - Promenade Masson, Montreal

2012 - "Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer: Les indignés" - Galerie Espace Contemporain, Montreal

2012- “With recycled frames, unveiled paintings” - Belgo, Galerie d'Art Contemporain Le Verseau, Montreal

International exhibitions

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2019 - "20/20" , Galerie Nadar, Casablanca, Morocco

2019 - Humanitarian project for Syrian children - Vienna City hall, Austria

2019 - International Art Exhibition, 10th Sarria Biennale - Sarria, Spain

2018 - Artist residency Marrakesh - Mohamed Sekkat University Library, Casablanca, Morocco
2017 - Art Expo Beijing, China

2017 - 16 -15 - 14 -13 - 12 “Women in Art” - Ward Nasse Gallery, Soho, New-York, USA

2016 - 15 -14-13-12 - ArtExpo New-York, New York, USA

2016 - “Summer Solstice”, Ward-Nasse Gallery, New-York, USA

2016 - 15 - “The unexpected”, Ward-Nasse Gallery, New-York, USA

2014 - Show de Bola, Martha Watts Cultural Center, Piracicaba, Brazil

2014 - Show de Bola, Centro Cultural Justiça Federal, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2014 - Show de Bola, Biblioteca Prefeito Prestes Maia, Santo Amaro, Brazil

2017 - 12 - Ward Nasse Gallery, Soho, New-York, USA

Duo-Trio-Quartet exhibitions

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2019 - "10th edition Retrouvailles Expo Afrique-Amérique" - Rallye-Expos Vues d'Afrique ", Casa Italia, Montreal

2019 - Collective, HangArt Gallery, Montreal

2018 - “Marie and Véronique make an exhibition” Galerie Âme-Art, Montreal

2018 - “Rencontre au feminine”, Vues d'Afrique, Montreal

2014 - "Multidisciplinary group" - Galerie Gora, Montreal

2014 - "Le Rendez-vous" - Espace Gallery, Montreal

2014 - "Architecture and environment" - RCARPP, Esplanade Loft project, Montreal

2013 - "The Body in All Its States" - RCARPP, Esplanade Loft project, Montreal

2013 - "Zoom In, Zoom Out" - Galerie Espace Contemporain, Montreal

2013 - “From Origin to Atmosphere” - Galerie Espace, Montreal

2012 - “Let's occupy space! »Espace Gallery, Montreal

Group exhibitions

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2019 - Creators of Peace Biennial - Ecomusée du fier Monde, Montreal

2018 - “Tout en couleurs” - Espace Galerie - Saint Sauveur

2017 - “Color against pain” - Saint Lambert

2017– “The best time” - Mile End Gallery, Montreal

2017 - "Retrouvaille" - Rallye expos Vue d'Afrique, Moroccan Cultural Center, Montreal

2016 - "Small formats" - Josette Tilmant Art Gallery, St Sauveur

2016 - “Sensibility” - Fontaine Gallery, Gatineau

2016 - 15 - 14 - "Rencontre" - Rallye expos Vue d'Afrique, Montreal

2016 - 15 - “It's beautiful but what is it? »- Galerie des Cent Talents, Montreal

2015 - “Cities and Villages of Quebec as seen by 50 artists” - Laurier Museum in Victoriaville

2015 - "The art that seduces" - Galerie Carte Blanche, Montreal

2015 - "Entre Nous" - Maison Trestler, Vaudreuil-Dorion

2014 - “The heritage… seen by our artists” - Maison de la culture Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie, Montreal

2014 - “C'est gros en petit” - Galerie Zéphyr, Montreal

2014 - Vue d'Afrique rally, Montreal, Maison Parent-Roback, Montreal

2014-13-12 - Themed exhibitions - Mile End Gallery, Montreal

2014 - "Art Market place" - Center d'art EK Voland Art Gallery , Montreal

2013 - “Traits d'Unions” - Rallye expos Vue d'Afrique, Montreal

2013 - “Femmes Artistes” - Rallye expos Vues d'Afrique, Montreal

2013 - “Luminosity, Yellow Art” - Contemporary Space, Montreal

2013 - ArtsSutton - Art Gallery, Sutton

2013 - "Vibrant" - Viva Vida Art Gallery, Pointe Claire

2012 - Nuit Blanche - Le Belgo, Le Verseau Art Gallery, Montreal

2011-12 - Le Verseau Art Gallery, Le Belgo, Montreal

2011-12 - Galerie d'Art Trudel, Joliette

Symposiums and salons with selection

2019 - Artfest - Distillery, Toronto

2018 - Toronto OutDoor, Toronto

2017 - “Fall dreams” Symposium Baie Saint-Paul

2019-18-17-16 - Live painting Festival Classica, St Lambert

2018-17-16 - Autumn Fair of the Mont St Hilaire Museum, Mont St Hilaire

2018-17-16-15-14-13 -12 - TRAM Fall Show, Town of Mont Royal

2016-15 - TRACES Symposium, Champboisé

2015 - Expo-vente Mtl en Arts / Plaza St-Hubert, Montreal

2014 - Symposium, Festiv'Art de Frelighsburg

2013-14 - 29th and 30th Competition-Gala, Circle of painters and sculptors of Quebec, Mtl

2013 - CAVMA Show - Palais des Congrès, Gatineau

2013 - Expo Concours Automnale AAPARS, Center Dulude, St-Bruno

2013 - Art and Gardens Symposium, Boucherville

2013 - At the artists' park, Art Gallery, Outremont

2013- Visit'Art Symposium, Ste-Hyacinthe

Professional involvement


2018 - Memory holes - Exhib'art, Saint Laurent Recreation Center
2018-17-16 -13 - “Parle-moi d'Amour”, Galerie des Impatients, Center Wellington, Montreal

2018-16-15-14 - Days of Culture, Montreal

2016 -15- 14 - Les Meals on Wheels, Montreal

2013- Le Baluchon- Ste Hyacinthe

Since 2013 - RAAV - Regrouping of visual artists in Quebec

Since 2012 - RACRPP - Rosemont Petite Patrie arts and culture group

Since 2012 - TRAM - Roundtable in Art - Ville Mon-Royal

Education

2017 - Sell your work without losing your soul - RAAV- Montreal

2017 - Sell your work without losing your soul - RAAV- Montreal

2013 - Artistic career management, Autonomous spaces, e-learning

2009-12 - Workshop of gesture, Montreal

2011 - Writing artistic approach and exhibition projects workshop - Regroupement des Artistes en artas visuels, Montreal

2006 - Post-graduate diploma (DESS) in Information Technology and Learning Environments, Uqàm-Téluq , University of Quebec, Canada

1996-98 - Atelier Plumelle, Montpellier, France

1996 - Bachelor's degree in multimedia and website design, Université Paul Valéry , Montpellier, France

Grants and awards


2018 - Second Price, TRAM Art Fair, Town of Mont-Royal

2016 - Guest artist - Spring show of the association of painters of Longueuil, Longueuil

2015 - Mention - TRAM Art Fair, Town of Mount-Royal

2015 - Sponsor Awards, TRAM Art Fair, Town of Mont-Royal

2014 - Bronze medal - Contemporary Art Category - 30th International Gala of Sound and Light Visual Arts, Montreal

2013 - 2nd prize in the non-figurative category - Fair competition AAPARS, Saint Bruno

2013 - 3rd Prize in Visual Art - Abstraction - Symposium Art & Jardins, Boucherville

2012 - Mention The Great Distinction In distinct technique - 29th Gala International des Arts visuels son et Lumière, Montreal

Jury

2016 - Fair competition, AAPL, Jacques-Ferron Cultural Center, Longueuil

2016 - Fair competition, Halte des arts, Val des monts

Publications

2019 - Artists for Peace Biennial - Exhibition catalog, Ecomusée du Fier Monde, Montreal

2019 - "From one ocean to another" - Collection of paintings and poems, Véronique Besançon - Montreal -ISBN 978-2-9816344-5-0

2018 - “I implore the moment not to leave me” - Collection of poems and paintings - Montreal- ISBN 978-2-9816344-4-3

2018 - "Marie and Véronique make an exhibition" - Exhibition catalog - Montreal - 978-2-9816344-3-6

20 18 - "Speak to me of love" - Catalog les impatients, Montreal

2018 - Catalog of the 2018 autumn fair, museums of fine arts of Mont St Hilaire -3-6

2017- “I am…” Collection of paintings and poems, Véronique Besançon - ISBN 978-2-9816344-1-2 -

2017 - "Horizon" Works of art chosen by the public collection of Ville Mont Royal - ISBN978-2-9804727-64-9-

2016 - "SelfieDeNous l'Exil" Collection of paintings and poems, Véronique Besançon - ISBN 978-2-9816344-0-5 -
2017 - Catalog of the 2018 autumn fair, museums of fine arts of Mont St Hilaire

2017 - "Speak to me of love" - Catalog the impatient - Center Wellington, Montreal

2017 - 2016 - Women in Art - Catalog, curator Leda Maria, Ward-Nasse Gallery, NY, USA

2016 - “SelfieDeNous l'Exil” - Collection of paintings and poems - ISBN 978-2-9816344-0-5 -Véronique Besançon

2016 - “150 variations of water stories”, Catalog of the 2016 autumn fair, museums of fine arts of Mont St Hilaire

2016 - 15 - International Directory of Fine Arts - Art Diffusion - France

2015 - Artsy Shark Feed - Abstract Showcase

2014 - Bola Show - Catalog - USA

2013 - Babill'AAPARS - 10th edition fair competition AAPARS - Unprecedented success! - Stéphane Bergeron - Canada

2013 - Get indignant! - Mile End Journal - Canada

2013 - RueMasson.com - What do we say to ourselves when we don't speak - Lisa Marie-Noël - Canada

2013 - UdeM Nouvelles Forum - Advisor and artist - Dominique Nancy - Canada

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