Jean-Pierre Neveu

Since 1986, Jean-Pierre has felt the need to create an entirely new world. He embarks on an exciting quest, tirelessly sketching to invent a phantasmagorical world, straight from his imagination... This dreamlike world has inhabited him for over 37 years and is called the AVA Universe.
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Jean-Pierre Neveu was born in Saint-Basile-le-Grand, in the region of Montérégie (Quebec, Canada), on April 12, 1948 to a modest family, in a time known as the “Great Darkness”. He begins painting at a very young age, before his first school years. At nine, he is already a passionate student in his drawing classes and stands out for his ability to reproduce elements with an exceptional fidelity. At the age of 14, Neveu’s father encourages him to sell his paintings, and he quickly gains in popularity as a result.

As a self-taught artist, Neveu never felt the need to validate what he would later practice as a profession. However, in 1968 he enrols at the École des Métiers d’Arts in Montreal. With Professor Ivanhoé Fortier Dupuis, he learns the techniques of stone carving. Always in an innate need to satiate his techniques and knowledge, to this day Jean-Pierre Neveu has never stopped studying various techniques in visual arts.

In 1983, he composes an unusual chromatic chart on the natural colors of our real, terrestrial environment according to the perception of the human eye, which led him to create paintings based on a concept out of the ordinary for this time. In 1985, while teaching painting and drawing in different organizations, he opens his own school where he teaches the techniques of painting and stone carving, a school he names Studio Creativ-Art. In 1989, this school becomes the Association of Stone Sculptors of Montérégie.

1986 turns out to be a pivotal year for Neveu as the artist embarks on a passionate quest to reinvent the landscapes of this world to create a new one. It is through this inner search that the Universe of Ava is born. In 2012, Neveu publishes a 912-page novel titled “Le Perceurs d’Univers” (The Piercer of Universes published by the Editions of Mi-Fiction) that describes the Universe of Ava in all its intricate details.

On April 21, 2012 Neveu was inducted as a signatory member of the Institute of Figurative Arts (IAF). That same year, Neveu celebrates fifty years of artistic life by creating a major event where he presents a retrospective of his works through his artistic journey. For the first time, he exhibits his new collection of oil paintings with three-dimensional effects. In 2013 during the annual Academia Gala, the International Academy of Fine Arts of Quebec (AIBAQ) awards Neveu with the prize of “Master in Fine Arts.” In 2014, after five years of research, Neveu discovers the missing link to make his work unique in the field: he creates a way for us to see his paintings in three dimensions by crafting a chromatic chart adapted for figurative painting. In May 2015, he is accepted as a member of the Society of Canadian Artists.

2015 to 2018 are years of recognition for the Master of Fine Arts. Several honors and important distinctions are conferred on him, in Europe as well as in Canada. One of them stands out amongst others: the Silver Medal of the Academic Society ARTS-SCIENCES-LETTERS of Paris. He participates to hundreds of important exhibitions, such as the Museum Marc-Aurèle Fortin in 1993, where a work of 12 X 6.5 feet is presented. His artwork travels in France, the United States and Canada, but most of it is found in private and corporate collections, including Loto Quebec, SNC Lavalin and the Montreal Institute of Fine Arts.

For some years now, he has given lectures on artistic subjects that highlight the power of the artist following his creative process. The goal is to further develop their dream world to realize their own artistic signature. In parallel to his conferences, Neveu is always in search of knowledge, which brings him to go deeper into his research and to experiment on new creative concepts, which he then shares with his peers, and help them push their creative limits.

Artist’s statement

As a young child, Jean-Pierre Neveu is possessed by the unexplainable impulsive need to continually draw scenes from his environment: barns, houses, cows, trees. He naturally grasps the importance of observation and gesture, to memorize the elements he sees so that he can later represent them as accurately as possible with his colored pencils. This reveals the analytical personality of this artist, a personality that will always be fed by exploration, study, research and creation.

He finds inspiration in Delacroix, Van Dyck, Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci, some for their style and technique, others for their thirst for knowledge and artistic achievements.

Neveu paints forest scenes in a natural way. Directly connected to nature, he favors hyperrealism which leads him to surrealism. He feels no need to sketch: on a black or white background, he spontaneously starts his first creative gesture. Four Golden Section points guide his initial composition. As described by art historian and critic Sam Aberg, Neveu manipulates small or large brushes in a surgical precision to define forms on the canvas, creating the scenes in a spatio-temporal style. The evolution of strokes and paint spots transforms into hundreds of points of interest, which then translates into a totally magical environment.

Using pure oil as a medium of choice, Neveu carefully choses the colors of each scene, deposits them to create a detachment between each element, filling the depth of field of the different planes of the painting: the result is a visual in three dimensions. Neveu meticulously studies and develops this technique to adapt it to figurative painting. He creates his own chromatic chart in three dimensions with the help of ChromadepthTM glasses. This outcome demonstrates an undeniable fact: the creation of a new artistic movement, the “Chromadepth” 3D, proclaimed by art theorist Hélène-Caroline Fournier-Torregrossa.

Vibrant blues, warm yellowish greens or cold greens getting closer to aqua, deep reds fading into orange: all these colors unite in tickling their complementary colors. By this pictorial treatment, the colors enveloping the composition create in this way, a mystical atmosphere that only the artist can master. From the simple forest scene to the fantastical landscape stemming from a parallel world born from the artist, Jean-Pierre Neveu learns to write a fiction book in order to define the deep nature of his world. “My painting was not enough to fully express everything I saw and knew about this world. Shall I write to give it even more realism as to believe in it even more?”

To believe more, so that the imaginary never ceases to create.

The artist’s work comes to life inseparably from its parallel world. Each painting, large or small, mainly illustrates plants classified by species, family, order, class and branch from the universe of Ava. Nothing is left to chance in the artist’s mind. The scrolling of the scenes thus painted reproduces a completely reinvented visual.

In front of each completed artwork, his pride is manifested in a vision that is always improved by his technique, to contribute to the fabulous world of art here and now, and later on, like a legacy of his memory. The work of the artist leads the viewer to wonder where the key is to be found, to penetrate this universe, unknown to us until now.

By Jean-Pierre Neveu



1962 to 1965DES, École secondaire Gérard-Filion, Longueuil, QC, CA

Professional training

1976Welding, Pierre Dupuis, Longueuil, QC, CA
1968, 1969Stone carving, teacher: Ivanhoé Fortier, École des Métiers d’Art de Montréal, QC, CA


2000 to 2003Japanese taiko lessons, “Arachi Daiko” group Montreal, QC, CA
1991Gemstone carving class, Lapidary art, teacher: André Gagnon, Québec, QC, CA
1985 to 1986Airbrushing classes, teacher: Gilles Dagenais, Beloeil, QC, CA
1980 to 1985Classes on the art and culture of bonsai, Montreal Botanical Garden, QC, CA
1980 to 1984Drawing classes, teacher: Gilles Dagenais, Beloeil, QC, CA
1982Cartoonist class, teacher: M. Debray, QC, CA
1975Watercolor class, teacher: Pierre Tougas, QC, CA
1974Wood carving class, Bas-reliefs, teacher: R. Gigeault, Montreal, QC, CA
1973 to 1974Copper enamel classes, teacher: Maude Éloka, Montreal, QC, CA
1968Painting class, teacher: Jean Constantineau, QC, CA
1955 to 1958Drawing classes, Boarding School of the Sacred Hearts, QC, CA

Solo Exhibitions

2019Chabèche, Galerie du Vieux St-Jean, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC, CA    
2016Denisiava, Galerie du Vieux Saint-Jean, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC, CA
201250e Anniversary of Artistic Life, Cultural Centre of Belœil, Belœil, QC, CA
2012Launch of 3D painting of the Universe of AVA, Cultural Centre of Belœil, Belœil, QC, CA
2012Launch of fiction novel Le Perceur d’Univers, Cultural Centre of Belœil, Belœil, QC, CA
1995Exhibition, Elgar Community Center, Verdun, QC, CA n, Centre communautaire Elgar, Verdun, QC, CA
1995Exhibition, Beloeil Cultural Center, Beloeil, QC, CA
1993Exhibition, Marc-Aurèle Fortin Museum, Montréal, QC, CA
1991Exhibition, Arts Pavilion, Sainte-Adèle, QC, CA
1990Exhibition, Léonard de Vinci Gallery, Sainte-Julie, QC, CA
1988, 1997Exhibition, Old Presbytery Exhibition Center, Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, QC, CA
1976 to 1988Exhibition, Gérard-Fillion High School, Longueuil, QC, CA
1971 to 1975Exhibition, Terre des Hommes, Canadian Village, Montreal, QC, CA
1969Exhibition, University of Montreal, Montreal, QC, CA

International exhibitions (juried)

2016Salon Artistes du Monde, winner of the new technique prize, Cannes, FR
2015Canadian Delegation, Société Nationale des Beaux-arts, Carrousel du Louvres, Paris, FR

International exhibitions (not juried)

2017Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Carrousel du Louvres, Paris, FR
2017Salon Artistes du Monde, Cannes, FR
2016Grand Prix international de Peinture et de Sculpture, Espace Miramar, La Croisette, Cannes, FR
2016St-Bernardin Gallery, Cannes, FR
2016Espace Art Gallery, Bruxelles, Belgique
2015Canadian Delegation, Société Nationale des Beaux-arts, Carrousel du Louvres, Paris, FR
1995Art Gallery ADP, Paris, FR
1989AZ ARTS Gallery, New York, É.-U.
1987Quebec Painters, Galerie ADP, Paris, FR

Group exhibitions (juried)

2015Grand Salon Art et Passion, Sainte-Julie, QC, CA
1986Cercle des Artistes Peintres et Sculpteurs du Québec, Montréal, QC, CA

Group exhibitions (not juried)

2018Exposition Signature, IAF, Drummondville, QC, CA
2017Exhibition at Livart, Montréal, QC, CA
2017Centre civique Bernard Gagnon, private collection Saint-Basile, Saint-Basile-le-Grand, QC, CA
2015Voyage en Art, Centre Bernard Gagnon, Saint-Basile-le-Grand, QC, CA
2015Symposium of Danville, QC, CA
2015Deux temps deux mouvements, Montebello, QC, CA
2015Symposium of Kamouraska, Kamouraska, QC, CA
2015Rendez-vous des arts métissés, Montréal, QC, CA
2015Voyage en Art, Place Nikitouagan, Jonquière, QC, CA
2015Auberge Harris, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC, CA
2015Grand Salon Art et Passion, Sainte-Julie, QC, CA
2014IAF, Marius-Barbeau Museum, Beauce, QC, CA
2014Rendez-vous des arts métissés, Saint-Marc-sur-Richelieu, QC, CA
2014Symposium Art et Passion, Sainte-Julie, QC, CA
2013 to 2016, 2018Symposium Le Rendez-vous des Artistes, Saint-Léonard, NB, CA
2013, 2014Symposium of Danville, Danville, QC, CA
2013Symposium Rêve d’automne, Baie-Saint-Paul, QC, CA 
2009Fête des arts, Centre Bernard Gagnon, Saint-Basile-le-Grand, QC, CA
2007Une Époque en Art, Centre Bernard Gagnon, Saint-Basile-le-Grand, QC, CA
2001Une Époque en Art, Centre d’affaires IGA, Saint-Basile-le-Grand, QC, CA
1995, 2013, 2014Rencontre des Arts, Collège militaire, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC, CA
1995Rencontre V, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC, CA
1995Justice Palace of Montreal, Montréal, QC, CA
1995ASPM, Centre Éthier, Saint-Basile-le-Grand, QC, CA
1991Galerie Longueuil, Longueuil, QC, CA
1991Place Alexis Nihon, Circle of Painters and Sculptors of Quebec, Montreal, QC, CA
1991Espace à voir, Hôpital Charles-Lemoyne, Greenfield Park, QC, CA
1991Vision 91, Université de Montréal, Montréal, QC, CA
1990, 1991Léonard de Vinci gallery, Sainte-Julie, QC, CA
1990Association des Arts et de la Culture de la Rive-Sud, Saint-Basile-le-Grand, QC, CA
1990Centre des arts contemporains du Québec, Montréal, QC, CA
1989Sentir Revivre, Salle l’amicale, Saint-Basile-le-Grand, QC, CA
1988Arts et Tendances au Québec, Bibliothèque Saint-Bruno, QC, CA
1988Aréna Jean Rougeau, Saint-Basile-le-Grand, QC, CA
1988La Petite Galerie, UNICEF, École secondaire Gérard-Fillion, QC, CA
1987Galerie L’Item, Mont-Saint-Hilaire, QC, CA
1987Hôtel Sheraton, Laval, QC, CA
1986, 1987Cercle des Artistes Peintres et Sculpteurs du Québec, Montréal, QC, CA
1986Association of Business Women and Men of Canada, Montreal, QC, CA
1985Conseil de la peinture du Québec, Montréal, QC, CA
1973Université de Montréal, Montréal, QC, CA

Exhibition (selected)

2012Symposium des Arts of Danville, guest artist, Danville,
2005Une Époque en Art, guest artist, Centre Bernard-Gagnon, Saint-Basile-le-Grand, QC, CA
2002Une Époque en Art, guest artist, École Jacques-Rocheleau, Saint-Basile-le-Grand, QC, CA

Honorary invitations

2016Symposium of Danville, Honorary President, Danville, QC, CA
2013Association of Sculptors of Montérégie, guest of honor, Center Jordi Bonnet, Mont-Saint-Hilaire, QC, CA
2011Fête des arts, guest of honor, Centre Bernard-Gagnon, Saint-Basile-le-Grand, QC, CA
2010Association of Sculptors of Montérégie, guest of honor, Center Culturel de Belœil, Belœil, QC, CA

Professional representation

2015 to present Galerie du Vieux St-Jean, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC, CA


2020Silver Medal, SYMBOLISM SURREALISM Award, International Award for Art Professionals, MAA
2020Vermeille Medal, Commission Supérieure Académique Art Sciences Lettres de Paris, Paris, FR
2019Ambassador of the Year, Mondial Art Académia
2019Mondial Art Académia, Canadian Ambassador
2019Grand Master Council, Fine Arts, AIBAQ
2018Gold Medal, CREATIVITE Award, International Award for Art Professionals, MAA
2018Title of instigator of a new contemporary style in figurative painting, the 3D chromadept, by Hélène-Caroline Fournier-Torregrossa, art critic .
2018Grand Master, Fine Arts, AIBAQ
2017Academy Officer, Mondial Art Academia
2016New Technique Award (chromadept 3D), Salon Artiste du Monde, Cannes, FR
2016Silver Medal, Commission Supérieure Académique Art Sciences Lettres de Paris, Paris, FR
2016Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, France, Associate Member
2015Bronze Medal, SNBA, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, FR
2015Canadian Artists Society, Signature Member
2015Yvon Boucher Award, Symposium Art et Passion
2015Emeritus Member, IAF
2013Master, Fine Arts, AIBAQ
2012Figurative Art Institute, Signature Member
2011Public Award, Fête des Arts, St-Basile-le-Grand, QC, CA
2002Public Award, Une Époque en Art, St-Basile-le-Grand, QC, CA
1995Association des Sculpteurs sur Pierre de la Montérégie
19872e Place, Visual Art National Competition of Quebec
1986Honorable Mention , Cercle des Artistes Peintres du Quebec

Artistic achievements

2012Fiction novel Le Perceur d’Univers, Éditions Mi-Fiction
2005Mock-up (policy of integration of the arts into architecture), École de la Mosaïque, Saint-Basile-le-Grand, QC, CA
2004Japanese taiko design and manufacture
1991Three mural sculptures (policy of integration of arts into architecture), Centre hospitalier Jacques-Viger, Montreal, QC, CA
1985Sculpture, Loto-Québec, QC, CA
1985Sculpture, Steelco Inc., Montréal, QC, CA
1975Monumental sculpture, Desjardins Lumberland Syndicates, Montreal, QC, CA

Professional achievements

2012Foundation of Editions Mi-Fiction
2000Marketing of artistic products, under the title of Créativ-Art Products
1985Painting and Stone Carving – School Foundation, Créativ-Art, Saint-Basile-le-Grand
1971 to 2009Teaching in painting and stone sculpture

Professional experience in art education

2017Sanguine and dry techniques , Galerie du Vieux St-Jean, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
20173D painting, Galerie du Vieux St-Jean, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
2017Charcoal, Galerie du Vieux St-Jean, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
2017Forest hyperrealism, Galerie du Vieux St-Jean, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
2016Forest hyperrealism, St-Côme
2014Perspective, Saint-Basile-le-Grand
2010, 2011Advanced painting (senior), Develop your signature, Saint-Basile-le-Grand
1996 to 2000Drawing and Watercolor, Saint-Basile-le-Grand
1995Advanced Painting, Saint-Basile-le-Grand
1988 to 1994Painting, Drawing and Stone Carving, Créativ-Art, Saint-Basile-le-Grand
1988Wood carving , Belœil
1988Painting and Stone Carving – School Foundation, Créativ-Art, Saint-Basile-le-Grand
1987 to 1993Painting, Belœil
1986 to 1995Painting and Drawing, Saint-Basile-le-Grand
1974Stain Glass, Centre d’art de Saint-Basile-le-Grand
1972 to 1975Drawing, Centre d’art de Saint-Basile-le-Grand
1972 to1974Drawing and Stain Glass, Pensionnat des Sacrés-Cœurs

Corporate Collections

2011Municipality of Saint-Basile-le-Grand
1991Jacques-Viger Hospital, Montréal
1988International Network of Commercial Exchange, Montréal
1987Municipality of Saint-Basile-le-Grand
1974Desjardins Lumberland Syndicate, Montréal

Professional Associations

  • Canadian Artists Society, Signature Member
  • Figurative Art Institute, Signature Member
  • Académie Internationale des Beaux-Arts du Québec
  • Association des Sculpteurs sur Pierre de la Montérégie


2018Revue d’art l’Arzoomer
2017Magazin’Art, édition été 2017
1994Collection Pictographe, Éditions XYZ, J-P Neveu et XYZ
1993Guide Vallée, Publication Charles Huot
1990Le Maître Imprimeur, page couverture
1989L’art, miroir de sa réalité, Sam Aberg
1988Arts et tendances au Québec, Sam Aberg
1987Guide Vallée, Publications Charles Huot

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