Born in Montreal in 1956, Rober Racine studied literature at College Sainte-Thérèse and pursued studies in art history at Université de Montréal. By the late 1970s, he emerged as one of the most important multidisciplinary artists of his generation in Canada. A musician, writer, visual artist and performer, he developed an approach rooted in the incessant search for liberating modes of creation and expression. In 1979, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal presented his installation and performance entitled “Décomprendre le sourire d’une perle.” Since the late 1970s, the artist has shown his work in Canada, the United States, Europe, Japan and Australia in some of the most important events of the contemporary scene, including the Venice Biennale (1990) and Documenta, in Kassel (1992). A major retrospective of his work was organized by the National Gallery of Canada in 2001. In 1999, he won the Prix Ozias-Leduc and the Prix Louis-Comtois. He also received the prestigious Prix Paul-Émile Borduas in 2007.