Jean-Guy Rioux was born in 1949, in Saint Quentin, New Brunswick. From a very young age, Jean-Guy showed a great interest in the arts. Around the age of nine, he started painting by numbers on canvas. During the same time, using the small family camera, he developed an interest in photography.
During his second year of Teacher’s College, Jean-Guy chose plastic arts as a personal program of studies.
During Jean-Guy’s 30 years of teaching Social Studies in New Brunswick, he did not produce much art, but his interest in photography was always prominent. Then, from 1996 to 2000, his School Director asked him to teach plastic arts to Grade 8. Re-discovering the arts was an experience that revived his interest in art. From that, Jean-Guy decided to improve his knowledge, to be used during his retirement years.
In 2001, Jean-Guy moved to Quebec City, where he registered in an acrylic paint class, given by the Quebec City leisure department. From 2003 to 2016, he attended two 25 hour-long painting classes every year. At the same time, he joined an amateur photography group, for a few years. The link between photography and painting is very important to Jean-Guy. From his photographs, Jean-Guy paints his works on canvas. Indeed, his painting production is done mostly from his own photos, taken during his numerous travels. Most of these come from his native area: from northern New Brunswick, Gaspesia, and from Quebec City (where he currently resides.)
I consider myself primarily a « scenery » painter, but some abstract ones that I have done, are considered interesting. Being on a learning process, I am also interested in other painting styles. I try to put on each canvas a certain character while keeping some realism. Painting for me remains a hobby and I am always happy to see that it is appreciated and liked by many people. This is the reward from the arts.