Style: Modern, Mixed Media, Contemporary
Background: Dominic Besner was born in 1965 in North Lancaster, Ontario. His training as an architect influenced his artistic direction. Besner uses a mixed-media technique on canvas; working mostly in oil and exploiting its rich color palette. His works also employ acrylic paint, structural mortar, china marker and aerosol paint.
Education: He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Montreal in 1992. His Architectural training, which he took at Algonquin College in Ottawa a few years before he begun his undergraduates studies allowed him time to reflect on the city and the parts that make it up. He was mostly interested its humanlike character and in the tradition that must be respected in any city planning as well as in the elements necessary for survival in a cultural milieu. His presence in a university setting gave him the critical thinking skills that allowed him to define his vision of a world based on human beings, preoccupied with the past, the present and the future. This training also brought him the discovery of painting, his true passion.
Achievements: In 1996, Besner met Michael Mensi from the art agency Mensi-Rioux (Michael Mensi/Stephan Rioux), based in Montreal, who asked to collaborate with him. Since 2000, Benoit Beauchamp have also joined the Mensi-Rioux team. Because of this merger, many events have been produced, namely La démesure des convoités, on November 9, 2004, at the Centre CDP Capital (1000, place Jean-Paul-Riopelle in Montréal), and the publication of three artist catalogues : La démesure des convoités. Dominic Besner (2000–2004), Dominic Besner (1993–2000) and Hundred Words (2010). The event-exhibition La démesure des convoités, as the title suggests, featured larger than life objects – faces of men and beasts, animals, women and even the city, from which all of the characters originate
In 2010, Besner represented Canada in the International exhibition in Shanghai. In the Canadian pavilion of the exhibition, two of his large format paintings were featured, which gave Besner worldwide visibility.
On November 3rd 2011, Dominic Besner and his agents presented an event-exhibition that took place at the Côte des Neiges Armoury in Montreal, and was attended by more than 1,000 guests. The title of this event MORA, is also the title of a novella written by the artist that links together all of the places, people and animals in his works and allows fans to gain a new perspective on his unique universe. More than 250 people collaborated on this project that was led by Guy Caron, the first art director for Cirque du Soleil in 1984. Along with Caron, Danielle de Bellefeuille and College Lasalle students also joined forces to make this event a reality. Although Michael Mensi and his team plan on taking MORA on tour elsewhere in the world, the premiere was set to take place in Montreal to thank all of Besner’s supporters in Quebec that have helped make his career what it is today.