Christian Deberdt Artist Biography
Born in Paris in 1947, Christian Deberdt began his career studying printmaking and graphic arts at the Gametta Printing School and the Estienne Graphic Art School in Paris, followed by a stint as an illustrator on the popular comic strip Asterix.
In 1966, at the age of 18, with four years of experience in the graphic arts field, Deberdt decided to leave Paris and to start a new life in Montreal where his eldest brother was already established. Itching for adventure, Deberdt left Paris in 1968 for North America where, for the next seven years, he traveled extensively across Canada and the United States, absorbing the incredible landscapes. To support himself he took various odd jobs – cook, encyclopedia salesman - while sketching rigorously in his spare time. He settled in Montreal in 1975 where he began showing his work professionally and has since been represented in collections across Canada, the U.S. and Europe. Deberdt’s work reduces natural elements to their purest forms, creating a dream-like alternate universe in which characters, based on members of his own family, feature prominently.
Deberdt decided to become a full time artist in 1976. He was greatly influenced by the Group of Seven, in particular Lawren Harris' graphic landscape depictions. Around the same time he discovered the work of Tom Forrestal. From these influences his style and vision started to emerge.
For Deberdt the subject matter is rarely cerebral, intellectual or ideological. His thematics are simple although they are illustrated in meticulous detail. He observes the natural elements and simplifies them to their purest form. The subject matter is often landscapes and the celebration of the pastoral is evident in all his artworks.
A longtime resident of Eastern Townships in Quebec, Deberdt’s hyperrealist landscapes have enriched art lovers for over thirty-five years. He passed away peacefully at his home in the Eastern Townships on November 4, 2011.
Christian Deberdt is represented across Canada and in the United States and his work can be found in numerous public and private collections.