Gilles Charest was born in Montreal, Canada in 1947. He studied education, literature, and administration at the University of Montreal. He taught for a few years before changing his career in 1975 when, along with two associates, he founded an advertising agency and assumed the role of creative director.
An art collector and enthusiast, Gilles has been devoting much of his time to painting since 1990. Today, painting is his way of life. Charest's technique and his search for unconventional textures find expression in his personal vision of still life. His mastery of colour enables him to create brilliant, fundamentally sensual paintings where harmony transcends. His purity of composition and unusual formats further enhance his ability to breathe more life into his subjects than nature has, herself.