Canadian artist, R.C.A., Non-Figurative Artists' Association of Montréal, National Order of Canada
The Canadian painter, Rita Letendre, was born in 1928 in Drummondville, from a Quebec father and a mother of Amerindian origin from the Abenaki community. She completed an academic training at the École des Beaux-Arts in Montreal in 1948. She quickly rejected the traditional figurative model. In the 50's she became associated with the automatism movement, but she quickly developed a new vision, a new style.
Her solo exhibitions will begin in the 60's, which critics will call her "shock painter of her generation". She will settle for a few years in California and will realize her first big fresco for the California State College in 1965, which will mark a turning point in its creation.
In 2004 she will receive the National Order of Canada, the highest distinction for a visual artist in the country.
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