Born in Montreal, Sylvie Dagenais was always deeply interested in painting and art in all aspects. After graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) University, she took over the family business and was for 20 years the president of the Dagenais group of companies, which owned and operated five automobile dealerships.
First woman automobile dealer principal for Lexus in North America, she also assumed the presidency of many important business associations. She obtained from her University the “Prix Releve d’Excellence” award ( selected for that year as their alumni with the most accomplishments) and was recognized by her peers in the industry by receiving the Canadian Time Magazine Dealer Emeritus award.
In 1992, she went to China to adopt her daughter, Chloe. Since then, she has immersed herself within the Asian Culture and Art and has traveled the world. Over the years, after 2003, she worked more and more as an artist in producing commissioned art paintings for many businesses and homeowners. In 2008, when her son in law, Philippe, committed suicide at the age of 25, she decided to devote her life totally to Painting and the Arts.
Sylvie has created an art studio first in Rosemere, Quebec, which she recently moved to Old Montreal, where she has created both her commissioned art paintings and other works of art. Sylvie’s work is sold at Galerie Le Luxart on St-Paul street in Old Montreal, under the name “Solo”. Sylvie also participates, with other artists, in the collective Triad, who donate all of the profits from their work to three charitable organizations.
In 2009, while taking numerous painting courses at the Art School of the Boca Raton Museum of Art, Sylvie discovered and perfected the monotype technique (printmaking that creates a single and unique work of art) and won the “Prize of the jury” of that School for one of her monotypes. She then opened an art studio in Boca Raton, Florida, where she now also creates new paintings.
Jointly with colleagues from Triad, and interested in donating the resulting profits to charitable causes, Sylvie contributed her monotype paintings to a book, published in Quebec, in which works of arts are matched with the lyrics from songs from one of the greatest and most known singers in Quebec, Jean- Pierre Ferland. In August 2011, Sylvie attended in Paris a workshop on new art techniques by a professor of ‘Les Beaux Arts de Paris”. She is currently completing a Master in Fine Arts degree online at the Academy of Arts University in San Francisco.
From now on Sylvie is spending all of her time on studying and improving herself and her career within the world of Fine Arts and Painting.