Sylvain Bigras was born in Laval des Rapides in the early 1960’s. As a young child he showed a liking for drawing and woodwork. At the age of twelve he took part in Brother Jérôme’s workshops. A break is created between the free space of childhood in creation and the future. He begins studies in draughtsmanship. His interest in the arts, particularly painting, returns while attending Cégep Lionel Groulx, where he begins studying psychology. He leaves Laval in his early twenties and earns a Bachelor’s degree in Plastic Arts at UQAM (‘Université du Québec à Montréal’). He is once again captivated by the subtlety of painting and the technical complexity of that medium, which harmonizes itself to his creation and to his aesthetic concerns.
Sylvain Bigras has been part of Quebec’s artistic landscape for the past fifteen years. His painting shows a world of figuration that conveys shapes that have been made over. His paintings describe his pleasures, his fancies and the passions that give life to his existence, while at the same time enriching his pictorial universe. His interest in oil painting led him to research the chemical composites of his medium of preference, and those studies led him to give a conference on the chemistry of colours at UQAM. A video on the subject was produced.
In 1992, Sylvain Bigras renews with wood through the creation of jewels, sculptures and wall plaques inspired by his pictorial universe in which fantasy, humour and expression charm the objects with happiness.
He received the Jean Cartier Award at the ‘Salon des Métiers d’arts de Montréal’ in 1996.
Sylvain Bigras moved back to Laval with his wife and his son Victor. Closer to nature, he developed a passion for vegetable gardening, biological culture, mycology and botany. The richness of those daily pleasures is part of his work.
Sylvain Bigras has recently been focusing on designing murals and larger-scale works. He produced two works in 1999 for the former Bell building in Ottawa. Sylvain Bigras’ works are part of major private and public collections, including those located at the Quebec City Museum, the City of Laval, the Art Bank of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Royal Bank of Canada