Listamaður júlímánaðar í gestavinnustofunni er Carol Bernier frá Montréal í Kanada

Carol was born in Montréal on March 9, 1963. After initially studying art history at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), she decided to enrol in the school’s studio arts program, ultimately earning a BFA in 1988 and an MFA in 1994.

Her curiosity in respect to every form of art led her at first to Hungary, and then France, to study printmaking. Five of her prints illustrated the 2009 artist’s book Quêtes d’absolus, co-authored by Yves Bonnefoy, Pierre Boulez and Jean-Jacques Nattiez. During 2012, the artist devoted her time and energy to seeing to the redesign and renovation of the meditation room in Montréal’s Hôpital Notre-Dame, for which she has created a number of large-scale paintings. She will continue her artistic investigations in the summer of 2013 by taking up a month-long artist’s residency in Akureyri, Iceland, which will be followed by an exhibition of her work in the town’s Populus Tremula gallery.

Works by Carol Bernier have been featured in a number of solo shows at Montréal’s Galerie Simon Blais since 1995. The artist has also had solo exhibitions at Galerie Michel Guimont in Québec City (2007, 2010), as well as in Europe, notably at Galería Principal Sombrerers in Barcelona (2000), Galerie Jacques Lévy in Paris (2003, 2006), Galerie Le Sphinx in Montauban, France (1999, 2008) and Galerie La Librairie in Morges, Switzerland (2008).

In addition, Carol Bernier’s work has been on view at many art fairs and group exhibitions, including the Foire d’art contemporain in Montréal, Feria Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo – Expoarte in Guadalajara, Mexico, Perspectiva del arte actual de Quebec in Mexico City, Québec, la belle Amérique, shown in Paris, Tournai and Brussels, New Art Barcelona, Works on Paper in New York, the Toronto International Art Fair and the Papier art fair in Montréal, as well as in numerous group shows at Galerie Simon Blais.

Her work can be found in many public, private and corporate collections, including those of Desjardins Group, Transcontinental GTC, National Bank of Canada, Loto-Québec, Gaz Métro, Cirque du Soleil, SSQ Financial Group and Institut Philippe-Pinel.