Maria Luisa Segnoret

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It was with deep regret that Gibert Héroux announced the passing of former teacher Maria Luisa Segnoret on November 7, 2011. An artist and painter Maria Luisa worked at Vanier College as part of the Creative Arts Dept. (now Communications, Art, Media and Theatre) from 1974 to 2004.

Our sympathies go out to her family. A funeral ceremony was scheduled to be held at a later date. Read the full obituary below.

SEGNORET, Maria Luisa 1920 - 2011

It is with great sadness that we announce that Maria Luisa Segnoret passed away on Monday, November 7, 2011. She was a great artist and painter of Chilean origin who taught fine arts at Vanier College, as well as in Chile and California (USA).

She leaves behind 3 children, Marilu, Dominique and Octavio, her seven grandchildren, Nicolas, Violeta, Sofia, Gerardo, Dominique, Gabriel and Emilio, her nephews and nieces, grandnephews and grandnieces, other relatives and numerous friends. Her strength and courage made her an extraordinary woman. The family would like to thank Mrs. Helena Gomez for her care and compassion and the wonderful people of pavillon 1er Ouest of the Institut de Gériatrie de Montreal.

A ceremony will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, your testimonies of sympathy can be shown by a donation to the Foundation of Institut de Gériatrie de Montréal.

The late Henry Lehmann posted the following bio which appears on Maria Luisa's Facebook page: "Maria Luisa Segnoret's art navigates somewhere between the Jungian oceanic unconscious and the shores of so-called reality. Her work, at once playful and sophisticated, dovetails a deeply personal vision and major European currents, all this seasoned with a sense of the absurd. This much-traveled daughter of a Chilean diplomat grew up in Santiago; she eventually worked at the Museum Fine Arts of Santiago, where she curated shows and organized activities. When she arrived in Montreal in the violent wake of the coup that removed Allende, Sengoret was not only an expert museum administrator and an astute critic of art, but also a sublimely talented and accomplished artist in her own right. Her work is well known and much exhibited in her homeland as well as in parts of Europe."


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The photo at left is of Maria Luisa as a young woman, the montage was displayed at her memorial.
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Maria Luisa Segnoret with friends


1999 Atelier Còte des Neiges, Montréal, Canada
1998 Atelier Xativa, Madrid,España 1996 YMCA Vieux Québec, Québec, Canada
1995 Galerie du 22 Mars, Montréal, Canada
1994 Kultur Cafe, Gross Gerau, Deutschland
1992 Banco Industrial, Caracas, Venezuela
1991 Casa de la Cultura Alcorcòn, Madrid, España
1991 Exposición Xylon, Museo de Bellas Artes, Mendoza, Argentina
1991 Exposición Xylon, Instituto Cultural de las Condes, Santiago de Chile
1987 Exposición Xylon, Galerie M. Broutta, Paris, France
1986 Bois Pluriel 2, Paris, France
1986 Latin American Graphic Biennale, New York, USA
1983 Galerie Convergence, Montréal, Canada
1983 Galerie Les Cahiers de la Peinture, Paris, France
1983 Galería Claustro. Santiago de Chile
1981- 1988 Museo Minigravat, Barcelona, España
1979 Galería Coabey,San Juan, Puerto Rico
1979 Galerie Motivation V,Montréal, Canada
1973-1981 San Juan Graphic Biennale, Puerto Rico
1974 58th National Print Concordia University, Montréal, Canada
1974 Riyeca Graphic Biennale, Yugoslavia
1974 Galería Taller Cucubano, San Juan, Puerto Rico
1972 Casa de la Luna Azul, Santiago de Chile
1971 Instituto Chileno-Checo, Santiago de Chile
1967 Museo del Grabado, Buenos Aires, Argentina
1965 Sala Libertad, Santiago de Chile
1965 Museo de Bellas Artes, Santiago de Chile
1963 Universidad de Chile, Santiago de Chile
1963 University of California, Davis, USA
1962 Pasadena Art Museum Biennale, California, USA
1962 Sylvane Simone Gallery, Miami, Florida, USA
1961 Los Angeles and Vicinity County Museum, California, USA
1957 Bachelor's Art Gallery, Miami, Florida, USA
1955 Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Santiago de Chile
1954 Sao Paulo Biennale, Brazil
1952 Galería del PacĂ­fico, Santiago de Chile

Many of Maria Luisa's wonderful paintings can be seen from her Facebook page.

Note: If you have either info or photos of anyone listed on our Memorial website, we'd appreciate your sharing them with us. Send digital photos by email or hard copies by internal mail to Denis Lafontaine, N215. They will be treated with care and quickly and safely returned.You can email written memories to the following email address. Thank you.