1930 - 2009
Fernand Toupin was born in Montreal in 1930. He was admitted at the School of Fine Arts in 1949, where he studied painting with Jean-Paul Jérôme. In 1955, he signed the manifesto of the Plasticien movement, together with Louis Belzile, Jauran and Jean-Paul Jérôme.
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His paintings were already acclaimed by the critics. However, he was not able to live off his art yet and also worked for the City of Montréal. In the early 70s, he met with a Parisian gallery owner, which marked a turn in his career. A solo exhibit of his work was presented in Paris and all the paintings were sold. At this moment, his career was truly launched. After this event, multiple galleries in Montréal started showing his work which quickly became sought-after by collectors.
His paintings are part of numerous important collections, including that of the National Gallery of Canada.