Born in 1954, Paul Béliveau attained his Bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts from Laval University in 1977. Recognized for his expertise in drawing, engraving and painting he has since then had more than a hundred solo exhibitions across Canada, the United States and Europe. The recipient of numerous prizes in visual arts and of multiple grants from the Canada Council has taken part in several commitees and juries as specialist in the visual arts. His works can be found in many public and private collections throughout the country and has to his name some fifteen works of art integrated into architectural sites
Vanitas series is meant to be deeply humanistic. Books are gathered side by side and presented by their spine, allowing the images and titles to speak, thus showing that behind that front, words, sentences and chapters enter into dialogue. Vanitas is about a living culture one is unable to see but rather desire.
"In my painting I like not to randomly accumulate images but rather converge towards an organized assemblage of elements responding to each other and building upon each other. In this work centered around citation, Vanitas (formerly called Les humanités and then Les rencontres) is a logical result of my relation with objects, the books more specifically, which is a clear demonstration of human knowledge, of thought transference which survives mankind. I like to use painted books as a strategy against loss, eventhough worn books, metaphorically, evoque the passage of time and reveal one's own finiteness."