Cynthia Girard-Renard

The artist has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec to complete artist residencies in Paris, New York, Berlin and London. In 2018, she received the Louis-Comtois Prize awarded to a mid-career artist as well as the Takao Tanabe Painting Prize from the National Gallery of Canada.

Cynthia’s works are part of institutional collections such as the Museum of Contemporary Art of Montreal, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the National Museum of Fine Arts of Quebec, the National Gallery of Canada, the Ministry of Business Canada, Carleton University Art Gallery, Galerie de l’UQÀM, National Bank of Canada and Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec. Cynthia teaches at Concordia University in Montreal, where she lives and works.

Cynthia has been developing a multilayered work where political activism, identity issues and animal imaginary come together through a broad range of techniques. Hers is an experimental and theatrical approach to the exhibition context, such as large format paintings, banners, scenic backdrops, costumes and accessories, mobiles, sound sculptures, support structures, performance, and so on. She will present elements of her recent site installations [Sans Toit Ni Loi: Cetaceans of the Saint Lawrence (2020) and Les Petites Baleines (2022)] and introduce her work-in-progress Tryphon, the biography of an individual sperm whale.