WHO IS ARO?
The first time Aro, also known as Caroline Bergeron - applied a palette knife to a canvas, she felt transformed. Born in Quebec in 1975 in a family of entrepreneurs, she is awakened at a young age in the world of business and art. His father owned several restaurants and her mother was a ceramist. She began working in the restaurant business at the age of 13 during the summers and at her mother's shop during the winter. This was her first contact with painting and brushes. At the age of 19, she began her career as a representative for Campbell Soup Company, which led her to live in Montreal for 8 years and to be the Business Development Director for Quebec. At the same time, she’s studying at the HEC in marketing and management.
In 2005, her desire to return to Quebec City encouraged Caroline to buy the family restaurant, Spag & tini, an institution since 1984, located at the bottom of Château Frontenac in Petit-Champlain. Diagnosed with cancer in 2006, she undergoes an operation that requires a long convalescence. It’s at this moment that a friend introduce her to collage and scrapbooking. A creative approach that allows her to explore her composition skills. She also done a few contract of interiors decorations, being recognized for her ability to visualize the big picture and her taste.
Her big interest for learning and her need for validation led her to enroll in the Elite program of the School of Entrepreneurship of Beauce, a process of 2 years. It’s at the "Dream and Create" theme that she’s first introduced to painting on canvas, during a workshop designed to help students explore their creativity and express their emotions. This is the revelation ... a revolution for Caroline, who has never stopped painting since that night. She signs Aro, a diminutive of her first name, and a declination of 3 words that has always inspired her: Authenticity, Romanticism and Originality. She considers herself an entrepreneurial artist, leading her to build a very strong marketing image from the start.
Experimenting with several mediums, but primarily acrylics, Aro explores the interplay of complete surrender to her creative muse and tightly maintaining control of her technique, creating vibrant pieces filled with bright color and subtle textures.
Aro’s talent was quickly recognized by renown galleries and the Mondial Art Academia in France, and she received awards from the Cercle des artistes peintres et sculpteurs du Québec (CAPSQ). She joins the ranks of Art Zoom in October, 2018, a collective of international artists. Her art is included in impressice number of private and corporate collections and has also been displayed at several international art fairs in Canada, the United States, and Europe.
In August 2018, she opened her own art gallery in Stoneham, beside her creative studio. She works full-time on her creations and development of her international artistic career. Having permanent exhibition in her restaurant, in her art gallery, also in Montreal, Cincinnati and Fort Lauderdale, Aro advances with confidence towards the realization of her wildest dreams! Her mission in life? Communicating through art, writing and workshops, wishing to be an inspiring leader in making a difference in people's lives.
When she’s not painting, she enjoys taking long walks in nature with her husband and daughter at their home in Lac-Beauport or at their cottage in Lac St-Jean.
Each day, facing a blank canvas in my studio with paints and palette knife in hand, I ask myself, “How can I communicate my passion and inspire people today?” My best work happens when I find the balance between fighting to maintain control over how I present myself and letting the process of creation wash through me.
Coming from a corporate background where everything revolves around predicting the future and painstakingly planning each forward step, my intuitive, spontaneous painting process – and the result – transports me to a state of grace and wonder. But having found my passion for creating art, I cannot ignore the call to deep-dive into my curiosity and see what my soul has to say.
During my childhood, both my handicapped sister and my mother, suffering from illness, needed extra care. To cope with this, I became a high-achiever, constantly struggling to prove myself. Even as an adult, I have felt the need to show that I can perform beyond anyone’s expectations. When I first began to paint, that competitive drive was still there.
But now when I face the canvas, my goal is not to create something that “everyone” will like, but to be introspective, paint my truth and how I see the world, and show my innermost heart and vulnerabilities. As a person, I am the sum of all the people I have ever met. That has made me who I am, shaped how I create, and how I define myself as an artist.
Through painting, I explore my passion for life and can shake off the influence of my childhood. I’m inspired by the abstract work of the abstract masters, Pollock, Kandinsky and Riopel, and contemporary artists Patrick Pepin and Jean-François Caron. My paintings, through texture and color, express my experiences with emotion, light, movement, and sensation. Through this process I am able to define my own rules and challenge convention. Every canvas represents the release of repressed emotions, and a step toward gratefully embracing the abundance and fullness of life without fear.
2019 ParÊtre, Aro Gallery, Stoneham, Québec, Canada (Spring 2019)
2018 École d’Entrepreneurship de Beauce in Montréal (artist in residence)
2018 Urgence de vivre, Aro Gallery, Stoneham, Québec, Canada (Fall 2018)
2018 Spag & Tini, Old-Québec, Québec, Canada (artist in residence)
2018 Un voyage au cœur de mon âme (Journey to the Heart of my Soul), Château Laurier, Québec City, Québec, Canada
2018 La Somme de mes rencontres (The Sum of my Meetings), Québec Art
Gallery, Québec City, Québec, Canada
Group Exhibitions and Art Fairs
2019 7th edition of Rivière-Éternité Contemporary Art Symposium
2019 ADC Fine Art, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA , Group exhibitions (May-June 2019)
2018 ADC Fine Art, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA , Finalist at Artist Come Alive Contest
2018 Spectrum Miami, represented by Art Blend Gallery, Fort Lauderdale, FL
2018 49th International Exhibition of Cercle des artistes peintres et sculpteurs du Québec (Québec’s Circle of Painters and Sculpters), Galerie Miejskiego Domu Kultury, Mikolow,Pologne
2018 48th International Exhibition of Cercle des artistes peintres et sculpteurs du Québec (Québec’s Circle of Painters and Sculpters), Fontdouce Abbey, Saint-Bris-des-Bois, France
2018 Art Shopping at Carrousel du Louvre, represented by Mecenavie, Paris
2018 Art Expo New York, represented by MJ Laberge Gallery, Montréal
2019 Un fauteuil pour deux, Québec
2018 ADC Fine Art, 310 Culvert St. 5th Floor, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
2018 Art Blend, 2736 East Oakland Park Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
2018 Galerie Aro, 2682, boul. Talbot, Stoneham, Québec
2018 Art Majeur.com
2018 Saatchi Art.com
2017 Mondial Art Academia, France
2017 Galerie Québec Art, 40 rue Notre-Dame, Québec, Québec
2018 49th international exhibition of Cercle des Artistes Peintres et Sculpteurs du Québec (Québec’s Circle of Painters and Sculpters)
at Galeria Miejskiego Domu Kultury, Mikolow in Pologne, medal of honor of the show for the quality of his works and his
contribution to the promotion of the art of his country, on the international scene.
2018 ACA Contest, Art Design Consultant Fine Art, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Artwork Tornade selected for exhibition among more than 2000 applications.
2018 48th international exhibition of Cercle des Artistes Peintres et Sculpteurs du Québec (Québec’s Circle of Painters and Sculpters)
at Fontdouce Abbey in France, Gold Medal for her distinct technique in Viser l’impossible (Reach for the Impossible)
2017 38th Gala-Contest of Cercle des Artistes Peintres et Sculpteurs du Québec (Québec’s Circle of Painters and Sculpters), Silver
Medal in the category of Abstract Art for her Exotisme (Exoticism)
Since 2018 Collectif international d’artistes Art Zoom (CIAAZ)
Since 2018 Regroupement des artistes en arts visuels du Québec (RAAV)
Since 2017 Mondial Art Academia – France
Since 2017 Cercle des Artistes Peintres et Sculpteurs du Québec (CAPSQ)
Private & Corporate Collections
Mrs Michelle Obama, First Lady of USA, Chicago, USA
Scenic Eclipse, Yacht from Scenic Cruise Line
Château Laurier, Québec, Canada
M. Claude Lafleur, Anges Québec, Canada
M. Alain Winter, Ile d’Orléans, Québec, Canada
M. André Lachance, Proludik, Québec, Canada
Construction Gératek, Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada
Linda Dallaire, Groupe Dallaire, Québec, Canada
Jacques Talbot, Restaurant Cosmos, Québec, Canada
Jean Martin et Brigitte Clavet, Restaurant St-Hubert, Québec, Canada
Michael Connelly, Toronto, Canada
Dasya Katz, New York, USA
Mr Kao Yun Hwa, New Tapeï, Taiwan, Chine
Deborah Shelton et Francisco Durazo, Beverly Hills California, USA
Construction Parox, Beloeil, Québec, Canada
Pompco, Victoriaville, Québec, Canada
Selected Press and Media
2019 TVA News, September 24th, 2019 L'artiste Aro crée une toile pour Michelle Obama
2019 Magazin’Art, Volume 31, No 124, Summer 2019 Carburer à l’énergie de la vie, Portrait de Galerie
2019 TV Show Vu d’ici, CCAP Cable, Aro Artiste Peintre de Stoneham, Mai 2019
2019 TVA News, show of du 29 mai 2019, Une entrepreneure d’ici qui connait un succès fou dans le monde de l’art
2019 L’Écho du Lac (journal), La collection ParÊtre d’Aro, Mai 2019
2019 Arts et cultures, 7 mai 2019, ParÊtre, une exposition humaine et percutante d’Aro
2019 Info-culture.biz, 7 mai 2019, ParÊtre, une exposition humaine et percutante d’Aro
2019 Magazine des arts,7 mai 2019, ParÊtre, une exposition humaine et percutante d’Aro
2018 L’Écho du Lac (newspaper), Aro, Une image marketing très forte (Aro, A very strong marketing branding), November 2018
2018 TV Show Parlons-en , CCAP Cable Québec, Canada Loan of the artwork Crazy 24 x 48 for the decoration
2018 Journal de Québec, (Québec City’s Newspaper), Inspiration sans bornes, 26 octobre 2018
2018 Magazine’Art, Volume 30, No 120 Summer 2018 : Aro en exposition au Caroussel du Louvre à Paris,
2018 Magazine’Art, Volume 30, No 119, Spring 2018 : Éclectisme (Eclectic), Québec Art Gallery
2018 Magazine’Art, Volume 30, No 118 Winter 2018 : Éclectisme, Québec Art Gallery
2018 Journal de Québec (Québec City’s Newspaper), Un talent éclate au grand jour (Talent Bursting out into the Light),
February 2, 2018
2018 Pleins Feux sur Québec (Spotlight on Québec City), March 24, 2018 program
2018 TVA Nouvelles (TVA Network News, Montréal, Québec, Canada), March 22, 2018, La Riopelle des temps modernes
(The Riopelle of Modern Times)
2017 L’Écho du Lac (newspaper), Quand une femme d’affaires se transforme en artiste
(When a Business Woman Turns into an Artist), December 2017
2019 Blink, Your art resource, ADC Fine Art, Cincinnati, Ohia, USA
2019 The Art Book 2019, ArtBlend Artist Agency, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA
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