Sylvain Tremblay was born in 1966 in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. After earning a degree in graphic design, he worked as an illustrator for a number of years. Then, in 2002, he made a major career change, deciding to devote himself to painting full time. His work has been shown in Canada and the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. He is represented by a number of galleries on three continents, including the Opera Gallery, Galerie Lydia Monaro, and the Thompson Landry Gallery.
In addition to creating works for gallery presentation, Tremblay takes part in live painting events and projects that bring art outside the walls. Examples are his participation in the Formula 1 Grand Prix in 2014, the Abu Dhabi Art Hub and the launch of Ferrari’s new California T. In summer 2014, he was one of the foreign artists representing the United Arab Emirates at the seventh edition of the Art Moments Central European Visual Art Festival. In May 2014, Tremblay went up in a hot air balloon over the Dubai desert for a ground-breaking personal first: from high above, by throwing sand in three colours down onto a large canvas on the ground, he created a portrait of Sheikh Zayed, thereby expressing his commitment to promote the local community and traditions of the United Arab Emirates.
In 2012, Tremblay was the guest of the Canadian Embassy at the fourth edition of Canada Week in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Two years previously, the Canada Council for the Arts and Cirque du Soleil presented a Tremblay’s work in the Canada Pavilion at Expo 2010 in Shanghai. In 2005, he showed at the second Beijing International Art Biennale. That same year, he represented Quebec at the Semaine du Québec in Silly, Belgium, with the participation of the Quebec General Delegation in Brussels. He also presented a work in the “Uncensored” show organized by The New Yorker magazine in New York, and in the sixth Art International Zurich contemporary art fair, where he won first place for all four continents in 2004.
For the last three years, he has been working on a new exhibition project on the topic of hermaphroditism: an installation composed of twelve canvases and a video exploring the struggle of intersex people around the world. The video was presented in August 2014 at the 37th Festival de Cinéma de Douarnenez, France, a world film festival focused on a deeper exploration of the peoples, minorities and individuals presented on the screen.
Sylvain Tremblay is based in Dubai, where he teaches the history of modern art at the Canadian University. Since 2012, he has also been living and working in New York and Montreal.