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Zilon

Zilon

Medium : mixed media

Dark Montréal alley walls were the first to wear the marks of Zïlon. Nicknamed the “Cocteau of the alleys”, he was a leading figure of the underground punk movement in the 1980s in Montréal. It was a period of turmoil and artistic experimentation, sustained and characterized by a transmutation of disciplines, and a rejection of society's rules. Zïlon has certainly made his mark in visual arts, but also in music and performance art. For over 30 years, his ability to constantly reinvent himself and his great versatility have made him an artist that transcends boundaries and generations. With over fifty exhibitions to his credit, his work has been seen in several major global cities, including New York, Paris and London.

In addition to his gallery success, Zïlon has also created cartoons, made storyboards for films, created posters for festivals and shows, decorated rooms, and created murals for theatre and film. He has collaborated with some of Québec’s most renowned artists, such as Gilles Carles, Wajdi Mouawad, Robert Lepage, Jacques Languirand and Claude Péloquin. He took part in many major artistic events, including the Montréal Jazz Festival, The International Festival of Art Films, The International Festival of Fashion and Design in Montréal, and the Grand Charivari. During the Jazz Festival in 2005, he created twelve pieces, live, featuring DJ Champion, which fascinated and attracted a very large audience. Similarly, he painted clothing for the Parisian designer Philippe Dubuc’s show in 2003, which created vivid impressions and are now part of Moët et Chandon collection.

Zïlon stands out as a talented performer. His live performances offer viewers an extraordinary experience by inviting them into the privacy of his creation, and often, done while playing some of his own personal musical compositions. True to his beginnings in the street, Zïlon feels that his work should remain accessible to the masses, and his interactions with the public are a growing important element. He continues to experiment with new ways to get people to react to, and even contribute to his work. (Text from the artist's website)

Individual Exhibitions:
1987: Maison de la culture Côte-des-Neiges, Montréal
1988: Fashion Design Boutique, Montréal
1989: Pitt International Gallery, Vancouver
1990: National Arts Centre, Ottawa
1992: Yves Le Roux Art Contemporain, Montréal
1993: Maison de la culture Frontenac, Montréal
1993-94: Galerie Stornoway, Montréal
1996: O'Connor Gallery, Toronto
2005: Yves Laroche Gallery, Montréal
2008: "Ville froide", Yves Laroche Gallery
2009: Maison de la culture du Plateau-Mont-Royal, Montréal
2010: Maison culturelle et communautaire de Montréal-nord, Québec

Group Exhibitions:
1983: Salon international de Design et de Création, Montréal
1985: Galerie Noctuelle, Montréal
1986: École des beaux-arts, Paris (France)
1987: Maison Lavalin, Montréal
1989: SMASH Gallery, Vancouver
1991: Centre de design de l’UQAM,
1992: Maison de la culture Marie-Uguay, Montréal
1995: Galerie 55 Prince, Montréal
1996: O'Connor Gallery, Toronto
306 Gallery, Toronto
Sarah McCutcheon Contemporary Art Gallery, Montréal
Université du Québec à Montréal
2010: Maison culturelle et communautaire de Montréal-Nord, Québec (avec SEAZ)

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