Anatole St-Onge



Anatole St-Onge is from the Innu nation of Pessamit but has now been living in Maliotenam for nearly 20 years. In 2008, Anatole built an easel for one of his relatives. Upon learning that the relative passed away the next day, Anatole was devastated and overwhelmed, but began to wonder if the easel wasn’t intended for him instead. In 2010, he exchanged his guitar for a paintbrush. At the age of 45 years old, Anatole became a painter. Since then, he has been in an uninterrupted dialogue with the canvas. Now, Anatole paints as if he has always been doing so, working with a sense of peace that is timeless and without end. He frequently receives comments about how his paintings emanate a character of serenity. As a gifted portraitist, Anatole explores the historical importance of Aboriginal personalities, more too often invisible in History books. The historical figures he paints seem to live again before our eyes. In 2011, St-Onge was part of a collective exhibition that brought artists from the 11 Nations of Quebec together at the Marché Bonsecours in Montreal titled the 11 Nations Exhibit. Since then, St-Onge has sold many paintings all around the word. His paintings find huge success with the public who recognize in it a certain romanticism of Aboriginal culture. Anatole is preparing for his first traveling solo exhibition in 2016 entitled Aboriginal Leadership.