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The artist Gabriel Bonmati (1928-2005) is a man of many cultures, a painter without boundaries; in his universe, the imagination draws on elements borrowed through-out time and history. Each Bonmati painting has a title, the finishing touch. The viewer must search for the prose fragments at the back of a fold, or in the middle of fabrics, but they are always present. The painter does not borrow the short phrases, he invents them. No attempt is made to transmit a message. Instead, the painter invokes serenity. Bonmati is a modern surrealist.
Growing up in Morocco, educated in France, and inspired by Quebec, Gabriel Bonmati dismisses noting he was exposed to. His romantic paintings are an accumulation of his travels and experiences. He often paints women of nobility that are adorned with bejeweled headdresses in a middle-eastern décor, seemingly set in the mountains of Charlevoix. Every so often, he incorporates symbolic royal elements like kings and horses into his pieces. Most striking are his delicate female figures that seem to invite the viewer into the Bonmati world. In this imaginary world, they are the queens and we are their subordinates.