Pascal Catherin was born in Normandy in 1959, in this beautiful region of France, in the cradle of the Impressionists.
At eighteen he moved to Paris for work, during his days off, he visited the galleries around the museum of Modern Art “Beaubourg”, which in that historical monument,
is one of the hearts of art in the world. He remains fascinated by painting and decides to get closer through the courses of the Chilean painter René Olivares. First exhibitions in Paris.
After a certain period he returned to Normandy and decided to start an artistic career and participated in several exhibitions with a very promising outcome.
At the end of the eighties the first contacts with Sicily begin, where he will soon move. First, he studied anatomy, and over time the landscape, both urban and rural, which he completed with the learning of Engraving techniques at the Academy of Fine Arts in Palermo.
He also creates several stained glass windows with the “grisaille” technique for private interiors, chapels, churches, with a glassmaker craftsman
He studies gilding and uses its technique to prepare his pictorial supports which are mainly composed of wood, organic glue, canvas and plaster; medieval technique that paradoxically allows it “en plein air” a faster realization due to the fact that this support is slightly more absorbent than the canvas, but longer lasting, because it is rigid.
The knowledge of the materials used in addition to the mastery of the technique, allow him a great expressive freedom through a glimpse of the plant world transmitted by the local farmers, also the result of a great interest in oriental painting and the practice of yoga that allows him this harmonious fusion between object and subject.
His works are found both in numerous private collections across the world, and particularly prestigious places such as the Palazzo dei Normanni in Palermo, seat of the Sicilian Regional Assembly or at Palazzo Comitini, seat of the Province of Palermo.
A small museum is being created in the Sicilian municipality that inspired the novel “The Leopard” by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa with 55 watercolors which narrate the history of the town and its activities.
Sicily, with all its landscape and historical richness, has been its main subject of interest for more than thirty years.