Born in Dolbeau-Mistassini in 1978, Mathieu Rousseau has almost always lived in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region of Quebec. From an early age, making art (drawing) and creating (Lego blocks) were two of his favourite activities.
After studying a range of subjects during his post-secondary studies─including the natural sciences, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, pulp and paper, mineral extraction, landscape design and visual arts─ Mathieu realized that he had always been knowledgeable about raw and secondary materials.
Working as a miner two-thousand feet underground suited his personality well. However, the idea of improving and surpassing himself, and taking on new challenges, was always in the back of his mind.
A few events left a mark on his artistic career.
Mathieu enjoys infusing his work with ideas that come to him through reading and visiting museums. The painters Gerhard Richter, Jackson Pollock, Pablo Picasso, Eugène Delacroix, Alfred Sisley and Vincent Van Gogh are endless sources of inspiration for him.
He has a diverse range of tastes and passions that permeate his work, including family, nature, space, scientific discoveries, animals and people.
Mathieu Rousseau's painting style is characterized by the arrangement and superposition of colours and the unique textures that he creates. He has developed a painting style that is all his own. He likes to paint works with themes that range from animals to space to metals.
In his art, we find a way of expressing one's self, of escaping from the everyday and exploring different realms.
I’ve loved drawing for as long as I can remember. Creating, building, developing and producing are activities that have always been a part of my daily life, at every age.
Having been attracted to art since I was a teenager, art and music classes were always part of my schedule. I took pleasure in completing the projects that my teachers would assign, making them my own while spending many hours on them in class and then refining them at home.
In my early 20s, I took up painting after being inspired by my mother, who also painted. Through reading, I discovered the great painters from history's greatest art movements, in no particular order. Painting offered me more artistic freedom and possibilities than ever before. At the beginning of 2000, I started participating in exhibitions and competitions, deciding to share my creations with others.
The feedback I received encouraged me to enrol in an art program at Université du Québec à Chicoutimi. I loved being immersed in an artistic atmosphere full-time, and mixing with stimulating, creative, passionate and demanding people. The challenges my professors gave me helped me to develop my art and surpass myself.
In 2015, I was recruited by Aliyah Arts Galerie in Montréal. I feel like I belong on this team of individuals who stimulate me artistically and offer me advice for my art.
I firmly believe that the best is yet to come.