In addition to studying in Europe and at the Banff Centre (1982-1983), Violette Dionne earned a BFA and an MFA (1988) from the Université du Québec à Montréal. Her interests lie in Christian art and architecture and in the concept of monuments in both sacred and commemorative contexts. In her installations, she draws inspiration from the Bible when creating imaginary figures and prophets, and from gothic statuary when inventing outlandish saints, all while poking fun at positions of power throughout the ages (kings, viziers, dictators, ministers…). Her work includes projects for the integration of art into architecture, notably at the Musée de Charlevoix in Pointe-au-Pic (1990) and at the École primaire Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes in Verdun (1992). In 1986, she was invited to the Quinze jours d’arts visuels à Saint-Léonard symposium. She was awarded the Prix d’excellence at the Salon international du design de Montréal in 1997 and the Prix du public at the Trois-Rivières Biennale nationale de céramique in 2000.
« Incontournable : La sculpture » by Serge Fisette, ESPACE, vol 5 #2, p.5-8.
« Les sculptures de Violette Dionne ou la monumentalité réinvestie » by Michel Paradis, ESPACE #23, p. 37.
« Femmes, corps et âme », ESPACE #37, p. 40.