Rita Letendre







Rita Letendre is a leading exponent of the abstract colorist movement. Her art work is widely collected throughout North America by governments, public galleries and private organizations (click for partial list)

Her work has been exhibited in Paris (France), Rome (Italy), London (England), Tel Aviv (Israel), Osaka (Japan), as well as in the major cities of the U.S. and Canada, including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Detroit, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.

Rita Letendre was born in Drummondville, Quebec, Canada in 1928, but moved with her parents to Montreal in 1941. Beginning her career as an artist, during the 1950's and early 1960's in Montreal she participated in the Automatist movement and painted with that intuitive strategy. Her style became abstract. She has created murals as large as 60 feet by 60 feet as well as the smallest silkscreen work. Her work has evolved through various media, from brush to spatula, pastel, silkscreening, airbrushing and back to pastel. She has had more than 65 solo exhibitions.

In the words of the artist, "My new pictures seem more aggressive, more intense, to me. I feel like a space pushing against its barriers. Light and colour, and sometimes the absence of colour, have always been the key elements in my painting. With its different values, colour reflects the shades of life. But light, from the first shock of birth to the last breath of life - light is my life."



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Rita Letendre