Nicolas Grenier is interested in the often paradoxical connections between systems created by society and the social and ethical values they are supposed to be built upon. His works, mostly paintings but also drawings, architectural installations, artist books and digital prints, are as many attempts to translate these philosophical problems into something physical. Using the language of architecture and urban planning, he creates models and systems that are perfetcly functional yet fondamentally absurd or pervert. Nicolas Grenier proposes an ambiguous critique of society, a social psychedelia that hovers between irony, cynicism and political engagement.
He received his BFA from Concordia University in 2004 and his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 2010. His work has been exhibited regularly in Canada and abroad in solo and group exhibitions, particularly in Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa and Los Angeles. He lives and works in Los Angeles and Montreal, and is represented by Galerie Art Mûr. Recent exhibitions include Corner-Thru (Union gallery), The Subterraneans (Torrance Art Museum), Created Worlds and Altered Histories (JK Gallery), Between the Cracks / Picturing the Fourth Dimension (Oboro center), Communautés Unies (galerie Art Mûr), No Horizons (Art Platform Los Angeles 2011) and The Collective Show Los Angeles (995 N Hill St).