Born in Grand-Mère, Mauricie, Leblanc studied in art at Cégep de Sainte-Foy and graphic design at Ahuntsic College. A painter for more than 25 years, Sylvain Leblanc draws his inspiration from everyday life and his relationships with other human beings. His abstract, figurative images exude a feeling of serenity, prompting the viewer to think deeply about what lies behind them.
Through his creative approach, Leblanc invites the viewer into his world where the subject and everyday objects are intertwined - sometimes at a distance, sometimes closely together. The compositions - whether realistic, imaginary, grotesque or pleasing to the eye - are evidence of Leblanc's intimate, artistic approach. His intense, dazzling colours are a counterpoint to the delicate lines of the people and objects that are the subject of his work.
"I'm interested in the duality of human nature," explains Leblanc. "It's something that defines us, pulling us in opposite directions - forwards and backwards - but in the end, despite doubts and fears, leads us to accept ourselves, flaws and all."
When he creates his art on wood panels or canvas, Leblanc employs a range of materials and techniques. They include acrylic paint, lead pencils and image transfer.