■ Biography of the artist
Céline Roger was born in Montreal in 1970 and grew up in Sainte-Julie-de-Verchères. She has always had interests in art.
She still remembers her first pencil strokes at the age of three, her first sketches and her art classes in school. At a very early age, she showed a predilection for art to which she was exposed through her grandparents on her mother’s side who would collect paintings. She would spend hours admiring their artwork. Theatre, ballet, music, painting, sculpture, etc. have modelled her younger days. She was introduced to visits to museums as well by her father.
On her father’s side, several members of her family are painters. Urbain Carli, statue sculptor, is her great-grandfather. In 1929, the Carli family partnered with the Petrucci family to become “T. Carli-Petrucci Limited”, a joint venture combining illustrious statuary artists and modellers from two Italian families in the religious field. They had been known mainly for their patrimonial furniture, religious busts and Stations of the Cross embellishing to this day many chapels, churches and cathedrals in Quebec.
Steeped in her family stories told by her father, she knew as early as age 7 that she would become a painter. From 1980 to 1982, she took enamelling on copper courses with Francine Leroux. In high school, she was introduced to photography, theatre, art classes and music and consequently would be a recipient of an Art Award of Distinction in 1982 and 1983. In college (Cegep), she was part of a theatre ensemble and also played music. Finally, she pursued her studies in literature at the Cegep Édouard-Montpetit for several terms. In 1998, shortly after giving birth to her son Denis, while visiting her parents in Matane, her father taught her the basics of painting. She then produced her first canvas. Several years later, she met a painter who spoke about his passion with such an enthusiasm. This was the triggering event for Céline Roger to resume painting. From then on, she could not get away from her canvas. She did not need more; she enrolled in courses. She started with drawing at the Artlequin workshop in Sainte-Julie and continued, in 2004, with a painting course. She met Serge Babeux (IAF) and the individual who became her soon-to-be mentor, André van Melle, a Belgium artist. She started exhibiting her paintings in Canada in 2004. After several years of courses and experience, she left her career in finances behind to dedicate her time exclusively to her passion, painting, that became her full time job.
In 2009, she met painter Arseno who blends the gestural language with impasto techniques and colours to sculpt his work on canvas. He taught her the rules of pictorial composition and the secrets of colours. Foundations were laid and Céline Roger continued her journey. In 2009-2010, she exhibited her work in Nice, France. In 2012, she painted without any preliminary drawing at the Auberge de nos Aïeux, in Les Éboulements, in Charlevoix. Gilles Rousseau, painter and watercolourist in the Eastern Townships was part of a closed group of painters that has been meeting for more than 40 years at the same locations (among them, the late Tex Lecor, Pauline Boudreau, Stuart Main, Juan Cristobal, Humberto Pinochet, J. Allison Robichaud, Helmut Langeder, etc.). This period inevitably had an extreme influence on Céline Roger who decided to drop the flowers and butterflies to paint typical landscapes from Charlevoix. Since then, she focussed on the study of atmospheric moods outdoors. She mainly used ink, charcoal and oil. She developed her technique, her composition and the interaction of colours. Her painting changed since she met the group which she attends on a regular basis now.
Since 2012, the artist went on several study trips in that region offering such a peculiar light, as well as in Kamouraska, in the Lower St. Lawrence.
Today, the artist lives in Sherbrooke, in Estrie, where she teaches fine arts in her workshop. She has been a member of the Association des Artistes Peintres Affiliés de la Rive-Sud (AAPARS) since 2006, of the Regroupement des artistes en arts visuels du Québec (RAAV) since 2016 and of the Collectif International d’Artistes ArtZoom (CIAAZ) since 2017.
In August 2017, her value on the art market in Quebec is certified by art expert.
Biography by HeleneCaroline Fournier, expert in art and art theorist.