Yvan Genest’s career had unconventional beginnings. At first, his artistic temperament drove him to music. As a songwriter, musician and singer, he toured throughout Europe as a performer for many years, until he discovered painting, where he found an unforeseen ground for his fertile imagination.
For many years, Yvan worked and had successful exhibitions in Paris, while honing his art with renowned artists. A first trip to Mexico in 1985 led him to discover the profound spirituality of Mexican art. His first exhibition in Puerto Vallarta, in 1998, brought him immediate recognition.
Since his first watercolors, sold door-to-door in his native Montreal decades ago, Yvan has painted and exhibited in many cities (Paris, Toronto, Ottawa, Seattle, Los Angeles and San Miguel de Allende, to name just a few), while building his unique and inspiring iconography. He has created thousands of paintings, drawings, watercolors, pastels, etchings, engravings, collages and digital works that have found collectors internationally.
Yvan Genest’s maverick personality drove him to explore all paths of visual arts and develop his unique, shamanic and timeless imagery. A self-taught artist, he paints as a dancer dances, with both his body and spirit. His influences are diverse, from Mexican popular culture, Expressionism and modern free-form figurative painting, to specific artists such as Joseph Beuys, Rufino Tamayo and Francis Bacon.
Yvan’s luminous eye-catching colors and imaginative figures offer a fascinating world that dives into our own. His paintings, bright and cheerful, combine inspiring senses of depth and infinite freedom.