Place of birth: Montreal (1952) Québec, Canada
Mr. Poirier's professional life has been shared by the world of education as an educator and co-author of educational books, as well as in the world of the arts, as an artist-painter, musician, sound technician and director-designer of video clips.
STUDIES AND DEGREES :
Student for a Bachelor's degree since 2019 in Visual and Media Arts at the University of Quebec in Montreal (Canada).
Holds a Bachelor's degree in teaching since 1984 from the University of Québec in Montreal (Canada).
AS AN EDUCATOR: He worked as an educator from 1977 to 2012 with different clienteles: physical disabilities, behavioral disorders, intellectual disability, and autism.
AS A AUTHOR: He is a co-author of the books in the collection "Les histoires de Lili Florette", specialized books for people with intellectual disabilities or autism spectrum disorders: “Demander de l’aide à l’école” (Seeking help from school), "Demander de l’aide à la garderie” (Seeking help at the daycare), "Chez le dentiste” (At the dentiste), "Matis met dans sa bouche seulement des choses qui sont bonnes pour la santé” (Matis puts in his mouth only things that are good for health). Among other things, he participated in the illustration of these books.
In 2004, with Marie Hélène Lizotte, he founded the company Vers Moi-Vers l'autre Inc., which has two mandates: production and publishing of educational material as well as the production and publishing of music and visual arts.
AS MUSICIAN AND SOUND TECHNICIAN: In the early 70's, he worked as a musician (drummer) with different bands. In 2010, he created his own recording studio and began to mix. In 2013, he finished recording and mixing the album "J'm l'humain" by the artist Mahéli.
AS A DIRECTOR AND VIDEO DESIGNER: In 2015, he created the music video “Déposer ses bagages" for artist Mahéli. He also edited the video clips "Pardon" and "Ça ne fait pas la Une" by the same artist.
AS PAINTER: Michel Poirier quickly feels the call of painting when he sees his father painting. Self-taught artist, Michel Poirier was supervised for a few years in his work by the painter Marcellin Dufour.
EXHIBITIONS AND SPECIAL RECOGNITIONS
2020: One of the winners of the “2020 American Art Awards”; first place in the Abstract category was awarded to the work Quest for authenticity.
2020: Selected by "Barrett Art Center" (Poughkeepsie, NY) to present the work "Beyond" at the “New Directions 2020”. Juror: Nic Brierre Aziz, curator at the New Orleans Museum of Art.
2019: Michel Poirier's work "Quest of Authenticity" has been selected for an honorable mention award in the "Artist of the Year Award 2019", organized by "Circle Foundation for the Arts".
2019: Exhibition of the work Quest for authenticity (12 x 4 feet), at the Café du Passeur (Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada)
2019 :Duo exhibition at the House of Culture of Armand-Vaillancourt (Saint-André de Kamourska,Québec, Canada).
2019: Seven selected works (short list) "London International Creative Competition".
2019: Exhibition of the winners of the "F. The Art World International 2019" contest at the Unarthodox gallery (Chelsea, Manhattan, New York).
2019: One of the winners of the "F The World International 2019 Competition”.
2019: Special Recognition by “Light Space Time” (abstract Art Online Exhibition).
2018: Collective exhibition at gallery Viviana Puello in Manhattan, New York.
2018: Collective exhibition organized by "Conception Arts" in Manhattan, New York.
2018: Duo exhibition at the House of Culture of Sainte-Anne-des-Monts (Québec, Canada).
2015: Duo exhibition at the Art Gallery mp tresart in Durham-South (Québec, Canada).
2004: Duo exhibition at the 3D Art Gallery in Saint-Hyacinthe (Québec, Canada).
2001: Collective exhibition at the Brancusi Cultural Center “Cercle des Artistes Peintres et Sculpteurs du Québec” (Circle of Painters and Sculptors Artists of Quebec, C.A.P.S.Q.), Montréal (Québec, Canada).
2001: Collective exhibition at Maison Amérindienne of Mont-Saint-Hilaire (Québec, Canada).
1999: Solo exhibition at the Les 3D Gallery in Saint-Hyacinthe (Québec, Canada).
1997: Collective exhibition at Bonsecours Market (C.A.P.S.Q.), Montreal (Québec, Canada).
1993: Collective exhibition at the Leonardo da Vinci Art gallery, Sainte-Julie (Québec, Canada).
1993: Collective exhibition at the Guy-Favreau Complex (C.A.P.S.Q.) in Montreal (Québec, Canada).
1992: Collective exhibition (C.A.P.S.Q.) at the Montreal-Dorval International Airport (Québec, Canada).
1990: Solo exhibition at the framing shop of the painter Marcelin Dufour in Beloeil (Québec, Canada).
SPORADIC EXHIBITIONS: Benefit evenings organized by various organizations, in connection with donations of canvases: “Maison de Jonathan” (Jonathan's House, Longueuil City), “Parrainage civique de Saint-Hyacinthe” (Civic Sponsorship, Saint-Hyacinthe City), “Les Amis-Soleil” (leisure activities adapted to people with developmental problem, Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville City), “L'association des parents des enfants handicapés de Saint-Hyacinthe” (Parent`s Association Handicapped Children, Saint-Hyacinthe City), etc.
2021: Represented by the NuEdge gallery (Montreal, Canada).
2020: Barrett Art Center (Poughkeepsie, New York).
2019: Unarthodox Gallery (Chelsea, Manhattan, New York).
2018: Viviana Puello Gallery ( Manhattan, New York).
2018: Le HangArt Gallery (Montréal, Québec, Canada).
2015: mp tresart Gallery (Durham-Sud, Québec, Canada).
1999 to 2005: 3D Gallery (Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec, Canada).
1993: Léonard de Vinci Gallery (Sainte-Julie, Québec, Canada).
PUBLICATION IN SPECIALIST ARTS BOOKS
2000, 2002, 2004 and 2005: « Guide de Roussan » by Marc de Roussan (Québec, Canada).
1993: «Guide Valley, édition III » by Félix Valley editeur (Québec, Canada).
1990: Book « 200 visions nouvelles de peintre du Québec » by Louis Bruens (Québec, Canada).
2015: L’Express de Drummondville (Québec, Canada).
2004: Le Courrier de Saint-Hyacinthe (Québec, Canada).
1999: Le Courrier de Saint-Hyacinthe (Québec, Canada).
1990: L’œil Régional (Beloeil, Québec, Canada).