Benoit Paillé (b.1984) is a self-taught photographic artist currently roaming the remote and extreme conditions of Quebec, Canada. In 2013, he made a radical decision to live a life on the road, leaving behind a career in medicine to turn his attention towards photography and creative expression.
Benoit’s work seeks to challenge social hierarchies and the status quo. By choosing to travel nomadically, in a custom converted van, with his faithful companion, Gigi, he is exposed to situations and experiences that both inspire and confront his practice.
The surreal, eccentric and unique style that Benoit has developed over the past 10 years, has become a fascinating autobiographical record and depiction of a radical disruptor. With a tendency to depict ordinary lives and locations, kitsch landscapes, fences and strange parking lots, he draws our attention to the unexpected and the unseen.
“I often see myself like a hyper realist painter. My pictures document an altered state of mind. Everybody can shoot beautiful scenery or sunset, but I would rather be a pataphysician, to think about what others don’t. I want to create work that deconstructs reality and that is theatrical… but with minimal effort.” – Benoit Paillé, 2022
Benoit Paillé has been exhibited internationally, including InnerSect (Shanghai, 2021), Machinima Festival (Milan, 2021), Maison de la culture Côte-des-Neiges Montréal (Québec, 2020), Scope Art Fair, (Miami, 2020) and Art Beijing (China, 2019). His work has been published and featured in the New Yorker, Fisheye Magazine, Feature Shoot, Gup Magazine, Wired, Booooooom, Hi-Fructose, Aesthetica, Vice, Vogue Italia, It’s Nice That and Le Monde.
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Open Doors Gallery represents Benoit Paillé in the UK and Europe
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