Laurent Lavaill was born in Quebec on July 14, 1967, the year of the Montreal World’s Fair, into a family of artists of Catalan origin. In 1972, his family returned to Europe when he was five years old. He was only 16 years old when he was admitted to the Beaux-Arts de Perpignan. Following his studies, Lavaill returned to Quebec to begin a career as an illustrator and graphic designer, which he has been pursuing ever since in parallel with his pictorial artistic approach. Laurent Lavaill’s work can be found on both sides of the Atlantic, in temporary exhibitions and in private collections.
Inspired by the expressionists, Chaïm Soutine, Chagall, Modigliani etc., and also influenced by Catalan artists such as Dali, Miro and Tapiès, Laurent Lavaill’s artistic and ideological approach is influenced by non-conformism. His work shows the gaze he puts on the soul, even the essence of people, melancholic portraits without words or resemblances, he is in the imperfection of gesture.