Marcella Maltais studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Quebec, from 1949 to 1954, with the Masters Jean-Paul Lemieux and Jean Dallaire. His first works are figurative. It will exhibit them at the Café de la Paix in Quebec City in 1952-53 and thereafter, for more than fifty years, it will continue to manifest itself in important exhibitions on both sides of the Atlantic. In 1956, she became interested in the abstract research of the time and for ten years she expressed herself in this trend, which earned her enormous success in Mon
treal. But that can not satisfy her. Turning her back on this notoriety too easy, she leaves Quebec for Paris in 1958, where soon she will question everything. The lyrical abstract will continue for a few years, but the necessity of renewal, of a new dimension of painting, never ceases to torture it. After four-and-a-half years of working "in the dark", she found Hydra in Greece around 1967-68, the luminous solution to her quest: it was to leave the abstract for a more abstract figurative painting, because motivated Initially by the unitive light. Since then, Maltais has never left this path, through of course an evolution still alive. Rejected overnight by the "Quebec circles" of painting, it convinced not only the Parisian circles, but also the faithful collectors who supported it. Marcella Maltais shared her time and her work between Paris, Hydra and Quebec. Currently, she lives mainly in Paris but she wants to keep a workshop in Quebec City, in the old town so dear to her heart.