Réal Calder completed an MFA at the Université du Québec à Montréal in 1996. He has been a professor at the Université du Québec à Hull since 1984 and has received several grants from the Canada Council for the Arts as well as the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. In 1997, he participated in Dix Jours de l’art contemporain in Paris and in Saint-Malo’s Étonnants Voyageurs Festival. He has exhibited his work over the past few decades in Quebec, Ontario, France, Israel and the Netherlands. Though best known for landscapes that are at once figurative and abstract, stirring both attraction and apprehension, Calder has also created installations such as Peinture en friche ou du dépaysement et de l’idée de nature (2007) at the Musée des beaux-arts de Mont-Saint-Hilaire. His work as a whole explores the relationship between artistic creation and the creative forces of nature.
« Real Calder : peinture en friche ou du dépaysement et de l’idée de nature » by Monique Langlois, ESPACE #80, p. 38.