Born in Quebec and a professional artist since 2003, Gaëtan D’Arcy practices the art of mosaic and sculptor full time. He was introduced to mosaics in 1996. The first pieces were made from small fragments of ceramic cut with pliers. In 2003, he experimented with a new technique to create a work designed with pieces of varying sizes, cut and assembled to produce a figurative pattern. Since 2010, he embraces the Florentine mosaic style. This is a method, which juxtaposes, with virtually nonexistent space, pieces of sawn semi-precious stones.
In 2009, Gaëtan D’Arcy won the Sculptura prize, a recognition given to a professional artist and sculptor for its artistic value. In 2011, he was appointed the title of Academician, a tribute to an artist for his artistic approach and the quality of his pictorial work, two distinctions judged by his peers and received by the International Academy of Fine Arts of Quebec. Likewise, he holds several awards from the public and has participated in Art 2009 in Toronto and at the Academia XXI-2011 exhibition in Laval. His works can be viewed at exhibitions and events mainly in the Eastern Townships.
As the stone, which serves as medium, the works of the artist are steeped in history and perpetuity. He transforms the raw material to give it life immortalizing through the image a true story or anecdote meaningful for an individual, a family or a nation, hence the title of the exhibition « Histoire pétrifiée/Petrified history. » Visitors can view a diversity of works with various mosaic techniques and the universe of a few illustrated adventures, including his most recent project "Le bal médiéval/The medieval ball," a large size table made with stones in their raw state, and then polished. Just like his other works, no artificial colouring or paint is used only the natural colours of the stones serve as a palette.