Ulysse Comtois was born in Granby in 1931 and studied at the École des beaux-arts de Montréal. Affiliated with the Automatists, he participated in two of their exhibitions: La matière chante (1954) and Espace 55 (1955). In 1968, alongside Guido Molinari, Comtois represented Canada at the Venice Biennale. The retrospective exhibition Ulysse Comtois 1952-1982 was presented by the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal in 1983. Comtois died in Montréal in 1999. Two years later, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec presented the exhibition Dessins inédits.