Artist - Diane Montreuil
Diane Montreuil was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec. She studied Interior Design at Old Montreal College where some of her projects were published in numerous design magazines such as “Les Idées de ma Maison”, “Décormag” & “Chez Soi”. Diane now lives in the Greater Toronto area.
Diane grew up in a creative and entrepreneurial family. At a young age her parents enrolled her to “Les Beaux Arts” for young kids. Enmeshed in her world of creation she became a self-taught artist over the years.
Captivated by the Arts in all its shapes and forms & her love for Landscapes, where scenes seemed to magically come together, in later time Diane discovered and understood why her life came together after discovering that she was a Métis (Algonquin) on both sides of her family.
- In 2016, being Métis, she was designated to the position of Education resource person at the Métis Nation of Canada where she sits on the Board of Directors
- In 2017, Diane was invited to be part of the French Indigenous docents at the Royal Ontario Museum for the exhibition called Anishinaabe: Art & Power. Unfolding over the many months after that, she exhibited her work in Ontario Galleries.
- Her works were exhibited in 2017-2018, in the Gallery of the Artist’s Network in collaboration with Art Gallery Ontario & Royal Ontario Museum.
- Involved with women entrepreneurs at OASIS, Diane was nominated in 2018 - Indigenous Woman of March.She displayed her paintings, celebrated on international women’s day.
- Continuing in 2018 at the French Alliance of Toronto in the Pierre-Leon Gallery her exhibition called “Celebration of the Call of the Elders to Inner Peace” was well received.
- Diane was the Indigenous guest artist in 2018-2019 for the Latornell Environment Symposium.
- Her unfolding works with the Toronto Catholic District School Board with teachers and their students brought her to be nominated amongst other “Woman of Influence”. In 2019 Diane was invited by the TCDSB to create a fabric mural called “Reconcili-Action” with the special needs department students which included 15 schools.
- In 2019 her paintings were Exhibited at the Artist’s Network of Toronto in their Gallery
- In 2019 Diane paintings were selected for an Exhibition called the “Gathering” in their Gallery, at CPAMO of Toronto (Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario”
Diane has been a very active woman doing different Art classes at the TCDSB since early 2019 (where she has worked with over 25 schools). She is amongst the invited judges in October 2019 to be part of a Juried Student Art selection at the TCDSB.
In 2019 Diane received a Grant from OAC (Ontario Art Council) in collaboration with the Woodland Cultural Centre.
Many positive interviews were done by journalists in Ontario in regard of her exhibitions.
Recently Diane was designated by the Toronto Catholic District School Board as their Knowledge Keeper in Residence.
In 2020 Diane was appointed as the Indigenous Advisor at Viamonde French School Board
Since her few exhibitions at the Artist’s Network Gallery Diane has had a seat on the Board of Education since last March of 2019
Artist statement: My artistic style over the years is more to create a wholeness & be dedicated to the teachings of our Ancestors, Grandmothers & Elders and to remind us who we are, finding a blend of tradition, land & colors as shown in my paintings. My subject matter varies greatly by the beauty of our Landscape and the teachings.
“My artwork is an expression of Gratefulness for the Gift of Life, the learning and growth”.
Art Medium: Acrylic on canvas pursuing color relationships with Life. Contemporary style, influenced by the Woodland School of Arts