Alexandre Renoir was born in Cagnes Sur Mer in
the south of France. When he was 4, the family moved to Canada,
but even after leaving France, as the great-grand son of the great
French Impressionist artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Alexandre grew-up
surrounded by art and artists.
His famous family includes film director Jean
Renoir, actor Pierre Renoir, director of photography Claude Renoir
Jr., and Claude's daughter actress Sophie Renoir, to name a few.
Artistic from a young age, Alexandre went to
various arts-oriented schools including the Virginia park school
for the artistically gifted and the Victoria School for the Arts
and Performance where he graduated in 1993. In addition to his
formal education he also attended classes at the Alberta Museum
on Aboriginal Arts and Crafts garnering experience in sculpture,
pottery, woodworking, stone carving, commercial art, photography
His first serious artistic venture was with jewelry
design, gemology and goldsmithing in a family venture which utilized
the abundant local occurrence of the rare precious stone ammonite.
Although he was immersed in the arts and culture
of his environment, Alexandre remained primarily an onlooker until
his drawing abilities were tapped by his brother Emmanuel. During
a visit to La Jolla, Emmanuel gave Alexandre some drawing paper
and challenged him to draw with charcoal. The results were impressive,
delighting both Alexandre and his brother. From the first sheet,
Alexandre could naturally draw in various styles; his charcoal
drawings are created with a sense of ease and grace that is reminiscent
of the beauty and charm of the impressionism period.
Alexandre's works currently reside in private
collections in numerous cities throughout Canada as well as in the United States, Mexico, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, Dubai, The United Arab Emirates, Quatar, Indonesia, China and India. A North American tour
of galleries is now being developed and exhibitions in Europe
and Asia are planned.
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