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I was born, I grew up and I was raised on the south shore of Montreal. I then started studying visual arts, first at Saint-Laurent College and later at the University of Québec in Montreal. There I developed my style learning mostly about the overabundance and the timelessness of today’s images. Mixing numeric technology to ancient technique of famous engraver like Gustave Doré, Albrecht Dürer or Denis Diderot, I was applying myself giving status to daily representations. Being sceptical toward our capacity of standing back in this invasion of our day to day visual universe.

In parallel, I discovered in myself a growing interest in graphic novels, where cartoonist from any country and any genre mingled. Whether they are the obscure American stories of Frank Miller or Charles Burns, the cyberpunk manga of Katsuhiro Otomo or Tsutomu Nihei, the underground comics of Robert Crumb, the reports of Joe Sacco, the tales of Sergio Toppi to the science-fiction epics of Moebius or Philippe Druillet. All of those influenced my drawing style and my imagination with their technique and their thematic.

All of this brings me to a very motley practice: from the amateur comics in the zine L’ATTAQUE! to the editorial illustrations in the political periodical À BÂBORD through numerous personal works, I let myself go from one project to another, knowing that black ink and blank pages will always be there.