Jeannine Varalta Biography

Jeannine Varalta is a Canadian artist living in the Montreal area.

She studied painting, sculpture and printmaking at l’École des Beaux-Arts, Concordia University, Université du Québec à Montréal and at the Saidye Bronfman Center. She is currently studying at Bishop’s University.

Jeannine has exhibited extensively since 1989. Her work is in private collections in North America and Europe.

Abstraction and the human body are at the core of her approach. She uses oils, acrylics, mixed media , clay, plasters, metal and papier maché techniques to create works that are personal and evocative.

She considers Picasso her Master.

Artist's Statement

Jeannine has painted and drawn her ‘entourage’ since she was a child. First inspired by the beauty of things, she soon became fascinated by the world of abstraction. These two worlds are at the heart of her approach. Although seduced by the perfection of the human body, she likes to break it down to detect the essence of the character. Her paintings are executed with oils, acrylics, but mostly ‘mixed media’. Since she enjoys adding collage in her paintings and prints, she uses the same process in sculpture by juxtaposing unusual elements and found objects. These are added to the ‘raw material’, be it clay, paper, plaster, Tarasco stone, metal or wood.