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Dr. Yves M. Larocque

Director of Walk the Arts / icscis inc.

As a world scholar in Canadian Surrealism, Yves Larocque holds Bachelors degrees in Visual Arts and Theory and Art History from the University of Ottawa, a Master’s degree in Art History from the Université de Montréal, a Diplôme d’Études Approfondies and a Doctorate in Art History and Archeology from the Sorbonne (Université de Paris I). He is also a painter and consultant in the fields of visual arts and architecture. In Paris he studied under renowned professors such as François-Marc Gagnon, René Payant, José Vovelle and Jacques Derrida at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (ÉHÉSS).

As well as demonstrating extensive knowledge in the survey of Art History, Yves specialized in Surrealism and Canadian Art. His doctoral thesis deals with the mediology of Surrealism in English-speaking Canada. He has been teaching the aforementioned disciplines at the Ottawa School of Art for 30 years. He was also guest professor at the University of Sherbrooke (Philosphy and Theology Dept.) and at the Minnesota Art and Technology College in Rome. As a known painter whose works have raised several polemics, he is also a respected teacher of drawing and painting.

His participation in the realm of art goes beyond his academic and teaching activities. Many times his voice has been heard over the radio waves of Société Radio-Canada (SRC) and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) as an art critic and historian. TVOntario also produced a short program on his works, and the Roger’s Network invited him to discuss Canadian Art. Furthermore, as art historian he regularly publishes in periodicals such as La Vie des Arts (Montreal), Liaison (Ottawa), Histoire de l’Art and Médium (Paris), and RACAR (Canada). His speaking engagements on art history have taken him across Canada and to France, the Netherlands, Colombia and the United States. He is also a participant in the important annual conferences of the UAAC, the ACFAS and others.

He curated Mikihiro Nishimatsu and Robert Hyndman: 50 years of painting. Catalogues of both retrospectives can be found at the National Library of Canada and the library of the National Gallery of Canada. Yves was also one of the three curators involved in the annual Rigomagno Jazz/Art Festival in Italy (2006, 2007, 2009, 2011).

Yves was also the initiator and director of the very first Nuit Blanche (2012)in the Canadian national capital in Ottawa - launch on Youtube.

His paintings have appeared in several group exhibitions, most significantly Arteder 82 at the Muestra d’Arto Grafica of Bilbao, Spain, where he represented Canada. His works have also been shown in Rome, Barranquilla, Amiens, Toronto, Montréal and Ottawa; many are in smallprivate collections. Press reviews often have lauded the pertinence of his work.

FR Le Prof. Yves M. Larocque, peintre, médiologue et historien de l'art, obtient d’abord ses spécialisations en théorie de l’art et en arts visuels à l’Université d’Ottawa et sa maîtrise à l'Université de Montréal. Il quitte le Canada pour son D.E.A. et son Doctorat en histoire de l’art à la Sorbonne (Université de Paris 1). Ses études et ses activités l'ont porté auprès de grands intellectuels dont Jacques Derrida, Fred Forest et Régis Debray.

Sa thèse doctorale porte sur le surréalisme au Canada anglais et a été reçue avec la plus haute mention du Ministère de l'Éducation Nationale (FR).

Le Prof. Larocque enseigne l’histoire de l’art et la peinture près de 30 ans à l’École d’art d’Ottawa. Il dirige aussi icscis / Walk the Arts et BRAVO, et se spécialise en médiologie de l’art canadien et en surréalisme canadien-anglais. Professeur respecté de toutes et de tous, il pousse sans cesse ses étudiants à donner le meilleur d'eux-même.

Il a été également professeur invité à la Faculté de théologie, d'éthique et de philosophie de l'Université de Sherbrooke (2009). On l'entend plusieurs fois sur les ondes radiophoniques de la Société Radio-Canada et de la Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. La chaîne TVOntario produit une courte émission sur son œuvre peinte. On peut lire ses publications dans La Vie des Arts (Montréal), Liaison (Ottawa), Histoire de l'Art (Paris), Médium (Paris) et RACAR (Montréal). Ses conférences le portent entre autres, au Canada (Musée des beaux-arts, Guelph University), en France (La Sorbonne), aux Pays-Bas (Congress of the History of Art ) comme aux États-Unis (University of Maine) et en Colombie (Universidad del Rosario et le Museo National). Il participe aux importants congrès de l'A.A.U.C. et de l'ACFAS.

Il est aussi l'initiateur et le directeur de la toute première Nuit Blanche d'Ottawa (2012), capitale nationale du Canada - ici lancement.

Il est aussi commissaire de Mikihiro Nishimatsu et Robert Hyndman: 50 years of painting; les catalogues reposent à la Bibliothèque nationale du Canada et au Musée des beaux-arts du Canada. Yves M. Larocque a été aussi l'un des trois commissaires du Festival de Jazz /Art de Rigomagno (2006, 2007, 2009, 2011).

Ses tableaux font partie de plusieurs petites collections privées; et ont été exposés en France, Colombie, Italie et au Canada.

Yves M. Larocque

Catalogue of Yves Larocque's students art exhibit. (Click on cover) Painting class Resource offered at the Ottawa School of Art in Canada.

"The beautiful transports itself" (Yves M. Larocque)

Since 1996, icscis walkthearts have been offering quality painting or art workshops and educational tours in France, Italy, Egypt, Spain, United States and Colombia. It is in Tuscany (around Montepulciano, Pienza and Cortona) that we paint in plein-air, learn and discuss, since the landscapes of the Val d'Orcia are just astounding and the quality of life, seducing.  Attended by hundreds of art lovers and artists from all around the world, mostly New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Ottawa and Australia, our painting courses and art history seminars are given to small group by professional artists and art historians. walkthearts.com also provides educational travel for high school, college and/or university students, or on a private basis. Walkthearts offers a living experience through the arts.

updated February 8, 2019