Jean-Paul Riopelle was Born on October 7, 1923 in Montreal, Canada and is best known for his abstract landscapes. He studied at both the École des Beaux-Arts and the École de Meuble during the 1940s. Riopelle would apply paint by squeezing it straight from the tube and use a palette knife to craft his dense, large-scale mosaics. Since the 1960s, Riopelle created sculpture, lithography, and assemblages. He won the UNESCO prize at the 1962 Venice Biennale, and was given retrospectives at the Kölnischer Kunstverein in Cologne in 1958, the Musée du Québec in 1967, and the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg in 2006. The internationally respected 20th Century modern artist died in 2002 in Canada.