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Guido Molinari

Guido Molinari

Born in Montreal in 1933.  Died in Montreal in 2004.

The name Guido Molinari is synonymous with abstract painting in Canada. From his studio in Montreal, Molinari found himself a central figure on the Quebec and Canadian scenes from the 1950s onward. He led the way with a hard-edged abstraction that he formulated early in his career, inspired by Jackson Pollock and Barnett Newman paintings in New York. In 1956, he became a founding member of the Association des artistes non-figuratifs de Montréal. His work spearheaded a cooler, more analytical turn in abstraction. Many of his paintings are noted for their vertical, hard-edged bands of colour that are calibrated to highlight the instabilities in the act of perception. He was the winner of many awards for his art, including a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1967, participation at the 1968 Venice Biennale, and a Prix Paul-Émile-Borduas awarded by the Quebec government in 1980. A teacher at Concordia University until 1997, Molinari’s opinions and theoretical writings have proven influential to generations of younger Canadian artists.

Photo is an installation view of “Guido Molinari and Colour: Paintings 1954–1999,” a 2008 exhibition at Galerie Simon Blais.