Canadian Grand Master, painter, Joseph Giunta was born in Montreal in 1911 (death in 2001). He studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Montreal and the Copley Society of Artists in Boston. The main stages of Giunta are: the representation of 1936-1958 (landscapes, still lifes and Canadian scenes), gestural abstraction from 1958 to 1975 (gesture, colour, Fauvism), constructions involving geometry or organic character 1971 2001 (collage, construction and assembly, three-dimensional works, materials and mixed media, multiple objects and colour contrasts). “To live, is not to take up constantly the great challenge to change, to evolve, to move towards the unknown? “. In 2001, a major exhibition of his works was held at the Maison de la culture Frontenac. The release of the movie of Pepita Ferrari, “Joseph Giunta: A Silent Triumph”, also helped to put the artist on the Quebec and Canadian art scene.
A Montreal painting
“Born in Montreal in 1911, Joseph Giunta was of Sicilian origin. As a painter, he knows great success but also setbacks. His life has not been a large bed of roses. His painting falls over time through different periods, the first of which is expressed around the landscape, especially urban. He advocates a rather academic bill in the early years, but his way of presenting his subjects and framing the guide already towards modernity. Then, though still figurative, his approach promotes a work of triturated matter, his palette also became more personal.
In the late 1950s, he plunges into the non-figuration, where his gesture sets the pace, but not without having kept a keen interest in the structure of the picture. In the mid-1970s, he integrated the collage and loved working with the relief. His last period was one of the most interesting and most accomplished, as if all that matters for him his the pleasure to assemble and to create. Boldness become more prevalent. He integrates objects, his works become something else. Neither really paintings or sculptures really, or collages, they become contructions … They are simply Giunta. ” Robert Bernier
Quebec artist painter, works of art of Joseph Giunta are part of many public and private collections.