Jean-Paul Riopelle is one of the most influential Canadian artists of the twentieth century. Attracted by painting from a young age, he enrolled in the art program of the Furniture School of Montreal in 1943 where he met the painter Paul-Émile Borduas. This stage is decisive in the life of Riopelle, who would join the important group of Quebec artists, the Automatistes, and be one of the signatories of the illustrious manifesto of 1948, Refus global.
Riopelle later settled in Paris where he became the only Canadian painter recognized in Europe and the rest of the world. Stylistically linked to some of the most important currents of his time, Riopelle deploys a rich and varied body of work which constitutes his main heritage, oscillating in a completely new way between abstraction and figuration.