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 primarily utilizes painting and drawing as means of expression. Since 2019, he has also been exploring sculpture, influencing his pictorial creations and vice versa, developing a distinctive signature marked by a nervous and intuitive line.

With over 30 years of artistic practice, Desroches has been the subject of several solo and group exhibitions. His works are featured in several private collections and have been showcased in numerous contemporary art fairs in recent years, in North America, Europe, and Asia.

Michel Desroches was born in Montreal in 1970. He currently lives and works in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.

Artist’s statement

Over the course of many years of practice and diverse training, Michel T. Desroches has gradually developed an aesthetic inquiry oscillating between representation and abstraction, demonstrating both mastery of academic rendering and the assertion of spontaneous gestures. Executed on canvas or wood, using graphite and acrylic paint, his current productions are punctuated by black lines and built through multiple layers and gestural back-and-forth. They assert themselves between the processes of image construction and deconstruction.

As emotional reading zones, faces, characters, or face silhouettes are his main subjects. Fragmented or exploded, they appear and disappear within the compositions of his works, amid patterns, textures, combinations of brightness, and color vibrations, evoking an inexhaustible number of possibilities. For the artist, it is about constructing and arranging fragments and elements so they coexist in balance within a whole. The result is an art imbued with energy, spontaneity, and humanity through which Michel T. Desroches expresses himself and communicates.


Professional training

Artist residency at Palazzo Venezia Napoli, Naples (Italy)
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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)
2015Galerie Vieux St-Jean / Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu (Canada)
2011Gallery MX / Montreal (Canada)

Solo exhibitions

2024Between the Lines Public Art / Val-d’Or (Canada)
2024 Palazzo Venezia Napoli / Naples (Italy)
2024Musée des beaux-arts de Mont-Saint-Hilaire
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)
2019Galerie Vieux St-Jean / Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu (Canada)
2019Tommy Zen Gallery / Montreal (Canada)
2018WSFArt Gallery / Santa Monica , Beverly Hills, Californie (USA)
2017Las Olas Gallery / Fort Lauderdale , Floride (USA)
2016Galerie Vieux St-Jean / Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu (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)
2019Galerie Vieux St-Jean / Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu (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)
2015Galerie Vieux St-Jean / Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu (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

  • Mont St-Hilaire Museum of Fine Arts
  • Masterpiece Publishing / California (USA)
  • Yellowstone Art Museum / Montana (USA)
  • Shanghai collectors , Vietnam (Asie)
  • Paris, Londres (Europe)
  • Washington DC / Arizona , Texas (USA)
  • Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, San Francisco Californie (USA)
  • Montréal , Toronto (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

2024Corriere del mezzogiorno Napoli / Naples (Italy)
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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