Desroches (Michel T. Desroches)

"The face is a sophisticated medium that sometimes betrays our inner state. Drawing a human face is a challenge for me as the presence of the soul is paramount." – Michel T. Desroches
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Michel T. Desroches studied at the École des arts visuels et médiatiques of the Université du Québec à Montreal. He is a multidisciplinary artist who works primarily in painting and drawing as means of expression.

With an artistic career spanning more than thirty years, Desroches’ work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions and can be found in several private collections. In recent years his work, which is represented by the Vieux St-Jean gallery (Quebec, Canada), has been exhibited at a number of contemporary art fairs.

Michel Desroches was born in Montreal in 1970. He presently lives and works in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu (Quebec, Canada).

Artist’s statement

Over many years of different kinds of artistic practice and training, I have gradually developed an aesthetic project which goes back and forth between representation and abstraction and demonstrates both my command of academic renderings and my use of spontaneous gestures. My current work, created on canvas or wood using graphite and acrylic paint, is marked by black strokes and constructed out of multiple superimpositions and back-and forth gestures. These pieces are situated between the processes of constructing and deconstructing images.

Zones of emotional interpretation, faces, figures and silhouettes of faces are my main subjects. Fragmented or splintered, these appear and disappear in my compositions between motifs, textures, combinations of luminosity and colour vibrations to suggest an inexhaustible number of possibilities. I thus see the task as constructing and ordering fragments and elements so that they co-exist in equilibrium within a whole. The result is an art stamped with energy, spontaneity and humanity, through which I express myself and convey my ideas.


Professional training

2019Masterpiece Publishing, Californie (USA) Professional development, sculpture
2012Atelier Circulaire, Montréal (Canada) Stone lithography
2007 Université du Québec à Montréal (Canada) Bachelor’s degree in visual and media art

Gallery – Representation

2023Watson Gallery / Edinburg (Scotland)
2015Gallery MX / Montreal (Canada)
2011Gallery MX / Montreal (Canada)

Solo exhibitions

2022Galerie du Vieux St-Jean / Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu (Canada)
2022Trace Théatre des Deux Rives / Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
2021WSFA Art Gallery / on Rodeo Drive , Beverly Hills , Californie (USA)
2019Yellowstone Art Museum / Billings , Montana (USA)
2019Gallery MX / Montreal (Canada)
2019Tommy Zen Gallery / Montreal (Canada)
2018WSFArt Gallery / Santa Monica , Beverly Hills, Californie (USA)
2017Las Olas Gallery / Fort Lauderdale , Floride (USA)
2016Gallery MX / Montreal (Canada)
2015Gallery MX / Montreal (Canada)

Group exhibitions

20239th Biennial of Drawing / Museum of Fine Arts of Mont Saint-Hilaire
2021WSFA Art Gallery / on Rodeo Drive , Beverly Hills , Californie (USA)
2020WSFA Art Gallery / Beverly Hills , Californie (USA)
2019V.I.P Gallery / Biên Hòa (Vietnam)
2019Monarch Arredon Gallery / La Jolla , Californie (USA)
2019Gallery MX / Montreal (Canada)
2017Caroussel du Louvre / Paris , France ( Europe)
2017Monarch Arredon Gallery / La Jolla , Californie (USA)
2017Las Olas Gallery / Fort Lauderdale , Floride (USA)
2017Art Session , Galerie Portfolio / Montreal (Canada)
2017Art Session , Galerie Belgo / Montreal (Canada)
2017WSFA Art Gallery / Beverly Hills , Californie (USA)
2016Maison de la culture Côte-des-Neiges / Montreal (Canada)
2015Gallery MX / Montreal (Canada)
2015Gallery MX / Montreal (Canada)
2010Maison de la culture Frontenac / Montreal (Canada)

Art fairs

2022Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary (USA)
2021Art Context Miami (USA)
2019Shanghaï Art Plus (Chine)
2019New York Art (USA)
2019Palm Springs Art , Californie (USA)
2019Los Angeles Art , Californie (USA)
2018Shanghaï Art (Chine)
2018Los Angeles Art , Californie (USA)
2018Marbella Art (Espagne)
2017Shanghaï Art (Chine)
2017Red Dot Miami , Floride (USA)
2017Marbella Art (Espagne)

Awards and distinctions

2020Silver medal: Abstract Painting / MONDIAL ART ACADEMIA, International Art Professionals Awards (IAPA)
2017Canadian delegation (S.N.B.A.), Caroussel du Louvre / Paris, France

Public and private collections

  • Masterpiece Publishing / California (USA)
  • Yellowstone Art Museum / Montana (USA)
  • Shanghai collectors , Vietnam (Asie)
  • Paris, Londres (Europe)
  • New-York NY, Miami FL (USA)
  • Washington DC / Arizona , Texas (USA)
  • Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, San Francisco Californie (USA)
  • Montréal , Toronto (Canada)


2022Fondation Émergence / Montréal (Canada)
2021Fondation Émergence / Montréal (Canada)
2020Fondation Émergence / Montréal (Canada)
2019VN Hopes Fundraising and auction / Californie (USA)
2019Hope for Tomorrow Fundraising and auction / Washington DC (USA)
2019Project Vietnam Fundraising and auction / Californie (USA)
2019Maison Chance / Californie (USA)
2019Alpabem Santé Mentale / Montréal (USA)
2018VN Hopes Fundraising and auction / Californie (USA)

Press kit

2022La Presse / Montreal (Canada)
2022Le Canada Français / Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu (Canada)
2021Le Devoir Dans L’oeil de Jacques Nadeau.(Canada)
2021Oeuvre du mois L’Action Nationale.(Canada)
2021Art Confidential Magazine / Beverly Hills , Californie (USA)
2021Le Canada Français / Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu (Canada)
2020Mitra l’art & littérature Magazine / Montréal (USA)
2019La Presse / Montreal (Canada)
2019Le Courrier du Haut-Richelieu / St-Jean-sur-Richelieu (Canada)
2019Le Canada Français / Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu (Canada)
2019Magazine / Art & Antique (USA)

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208, Richelieu St., Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu (Quebec) J3B 6X8
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