|Place of Birth||Toronto|
|Nationality||Native Indian, French & Irish background|
BioAmoxes is a self-taught Canadian artist of Native American, Acadian and Italian background based in Québec City. His family roots, and a strong interest in every culture from around the world, have inspired him in many ways in his artistic and personal evolution. After spending years of exploring, practicing and studying different artistic styles and techniques, he is gradually creating his own signature in his artwork. He chooses to paint a particular person because something about that person triggers his imagination. Facial expressions and reproducing the desired emotion are very important to him.
The most crucial thing in his mind is to stay true to what he wants to express. Exploring is a constant discipline for him. His love for a wide range of music as a DJ, and his love for the arts and the philosophy of martial arts, help him keep a positive mental and physical attitude in his everyday life. He does not believe in detachment, suffering or the consumption of substances as means to achieve a unique view of the world. In his mind, all aspects of human existence need to be nurtured in order to create art that can serve the community. A strong body, mind and spirit are essential in achieving his most ambitious goals and avoiding social and mental traps and limitations.
Amoxes is in constant evolution; he has never considered himself to be a master and never will. Staying simple and open-minded when it comes to working on what has to be done, improved or changed, is enough. Being close to the local and international community is important for him; and staying alert to what’s truly going on around him helps him with his creativity.
Since 1987 he has produced more than one thousand paintings and illustrations, as well as sculptures, wall frescos and Native American jewellery. Some of his work can be found in many private collections across Canada, France, Italy and Switzerland. Most of his art can be seen online on DeviantArt where his work is updated on a regular basis, and on Artbreak and Facebook where he announces his expo events. As an illustrator, Amoxes has also participated in various book projects: Paul Stroff, a French-language noir poetry book published in 1999; and another book of poetry, Eddy Cibel, on a Native American shaman’s journey, published in 2000. In 2008, a test press of Ventcour was published. This latter project would, two years later, become Les Cahiers de Ventcour, a book of short stories featuring twelve different international authors including Amoxes, and illustrations by Amoxes.
In his art portfolio one will find various artistic explorations where shamanism and voodooism mix together, creating a very interesting style of work. His family roots and his personal experiences have always influenced his curiosity on these topics, not to mention anything related to the occult and its history. These interests are exclusively aesthetic and do not involve any participation whatsoever in any group, cult or religion. As he likes to say: “We can be the mug without drinking the tea”.
In 2005 Amoxes obtained a 3D arts degree from College Bart, a private college in Québec City. After months of unsuccessfully trying to make his way in the 3D art industry, he decided to return to his first real love, traditional art. Nonetheless, that full year of intensive leaning in college was not lost as he would use all the knowledge he acquired to complement his future work.
From 2005 to 2009, his work centred on creating a collection of erotic paintings and illustrations. These pieces convey an interesting perspective on the female, portraying feet, hair and nude poses with unprecedented femininity and originality. In 2010 he decided his erotic exploration was exhausted and moved on to other topics.
Today he is still working on many artistic projects, expos and is always on the lookout for new ways to improve himself in his work. When asked what style would fit his art he simply replies: “I paint people, that is all”.
Note: Profile biography modified and updated by the contributor June 2010.
Contributions to SomethingDark
article: “Does Miss Erotica sleep with Mr Porn?”; acrylic on canvas: La Chambre 1
acrylic on canvas: La Chambre 11
acrylic on canvas: Slap Mes Fesses 2
acrylic on mat board & Photoshop: Be Quiet; coloured pencil & Photoshop: The Toxic Foot
acrylic and gold leaf: Private Moments
interview: “Amoxes: SDk unveils the life and work of an artist enamoured with the erotic”
2008 Public launch event for the illustrated international short story anthology, Ventcour: Québec, Canada.
2000 Public launch event for the poetry and native art book, Eddy Cibel, Bibliothèque de Charlebourg: Québec, Canada.
1999 Public launch event for the illustrated book of dark poetry, Paul Stroff, Bar le sacrilege: Québec, Canada.
Education & Training
2006 Attestation d’études Collègial (AEC), 3D & 2D animation, modelling & 3D game character design: Collège Bart (Québec).
1992–95 Sculpting exhibition and workshop: Atelier Céramique, Toronto.
1990 Sculpting studies, Totem Poles: Québec and north of Ontario.