Categories: Male Authors - Francophone Authors - Poets - Southeast
Source: James Wilson
Born in Moncton on March 9, 1928, Roméo Savoie received his Bachelor of Arts from the Université Saint-Joseph de Memramcook (1950), then a Bachelor of Architecture from the École des Beaux-Arts de Montréal (1956). From 1959 to 1970, he worked as an architect, creating and building some fifty buildings in New Brunswick, houses as well as churches. He left this profession to concentrate on his artistic and literary production. Starting in 1976, he also created several set designs, mainly for various Acadian theatre companies. He has published five collections of poetry including Dans l’ombre des images (Éditions d’Acadie, 1996). He received his Masters of Fine Arts from the Université du Québec in Montreal in 1987.
In looking at Savoie’s work, both visual and literary, one finds that his work is linked to elements of the universal, while at the same time remaining profoundly attached to his Acadian culture. In painting, he has a predilection for abstraction, the conceptual as well as for that which is not obvious at first glance: his works require the involvement of the spectator. For Savoie, art is a process that allows the artist to transform himself or herself and then transfer this knowledge by and through the object he or she is rendering. He has received several prizes and awards, including the Miller Brittain prize (1994), the Strathbutler award (1998) and an honorary Doctorate in Visual Arts from the Université de Moncton (1999). He has been exhibiting regularly since 1971.
What is your favourite New Brunswick book, and why?
Chiasson, Herménégilde. Mourir à Scoudouc. Moncton: Éditions d’Acadie, 1974.
Because this book contains the poem “Eugénie Melanson,” which opens the door to a new kind of poetry that allows us to defy traditional academicism.
|Order of Canada - 2009|
|Honorary Doctorate in Visual Arts, Université de Moncton - 1999|
|Strathbutler Prize for Excellence in Visual Arts - 1998|
|Miller Brittain Award - 1994|
Une lointaine Irlande