Jean-Paul Riopelle (Montreal, Quebec October 7 1923 - Saint-Antoine-de-l'Isle-aux-Grues March 12 2002)


Born in 1923 in Montreal Canada, Riopelle studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and the Ecole de Meuble, where his instructor was Paul Emile Borduas, one of the Les Automatistes, an offshoot of Surrealism. Riopelle travelled to Paris in 1947 where he had a brief association with the Paris Surrealist movement: his first solo exhibition took place at Galerie La Dragonne in 1949. Riopelle is known for his Abstract Expressionist non-representational paintings which allude to landscape painting.