Stéphane-Robert is a self-taught visual Artist and poet from Verner (Ontario, Canada). He has been creating Art since 2011 and started his professional practice in 2015. He currently lives and works in Lake Louise (Banff National Park, Canada).
His practice is split between abstract painting as well as free-verse poetry in both English and French. These two disciplines naturally merge together as he creates, and are often thematically related.
As a Queer, neurodivergent, and francophone Artist, Stéphane-Robert is driven to make Art inspired by his life experiences. Both his Art and his poetry are pathways for him to revisit traumas or other memorires – and thus create a powerful token of survival. He grew up in a small agricultural town in Northern Ontario, and his experience of being a queer and neurodivergent person there still greatly influences his artistic practice.
His poetry collection Traces of Blue is an exploration of his experience coming out and dating as a young adult in a small town in rural Northern Ontario. Traces is his attempt to bring to light expriences the greater public doesn’t tend to hear about. He’s spoken to ICI Radio-Canada in January 2021 about the book, highlighting the importance of self-publishing to safeguard the honesty of these stories.
He studied part-time at Laurentian University and Université de Sudbury for five years, where he took classes in the Arts and humanities (language, psychology, communications).
He is a proud member of CARFAC as well as an artist-member of the Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario. Additionally, Stéphane-Robert has had several exhibitions at local establishments such as coffee shops and fundraisers, and he has had two successful private-sale exhibitions. In addition to publishing several zines and a poetry collection, he has sold 44 paintings which now belong to 33 private collections in Canada and the USA.