Tristan Tondino

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Tristan Tondino
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Tristan Tondino photo circa 2014
Born (1961-07-03) July 3, 1961 (age 58)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Known formultimedia artist and writer

Tristan Tondino (born July 3, 1961) is a Canadian film art director and artist [1] living in Montreal, Quebec.

Montreal City in Quebec, Canada

Montreal is the most populous municipality in the Canadian province of Quebec and the second-most populous municipality in Canada. Originally called Ville-Marie, or "City of Mary", it is named after Mount Royal, the triple-peaked hill in the heart of the city. The city is centred on the Island of Montreal, which took its name from the same source as the city, and a few much smaller peripheral islands, the largest of which is Île Bizard. It has a distinct four-season continental climate with warm to hot summers and cold, snowy winters.



Tristan Tondino was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, in 1961. [2] He is the son of painter Gentile Tondino is married to Joséane Brunelle, and is the cousin of Richard Monette. Tondino has also worked as a charge scenic artist, art director and screenwriter. [3]

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Tondino, has used the term irrealism to describe his work as a visual artist. [4]

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One of Tondino's canvasses, consisting entirely of text, questions why entire societies ignore certain realities: "On any given day, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, approximately 35,600 children die of starvation. This tragedy does not make the six o’clock news. Approximately 13 million children die of starvation every year, never making it to OUR reality." (...) "When we are told to deal with reality, we are essentially being told to accept an ideology." [4]

“(Reality) must be created, opening one's own universe (...) to other realities, enlarging the concept of human rights (...)." [5]


He co-created the children series "Soso & Frieda" with Joséane Brunelle.[ citation needed ]

Notable works

On February 2, 2002, Tondino created a painting representing a Canadian 5-dollar bill (featuring the kingfisher) with the serial number ANR2312049 that he titled Where Is It?. The painting included the statement "I spent this 5 Dollar Bill on Feb 02 2002." Tondino then began to hang posters offering a $1000 reward to the person who found the bill. [3] [6] [ better source needed ] The story was picked up by The Montreal Gazette's Bill Brownstein, The Suburban's Bernie Mendelman, The Hour, CBC radio and Raymond Saint-Pierre of Radio Canada. [6] [3]

A second painting was created representing another 5-dollar bill (featuring children at play), entitled Where Is It II. This was donated to The Trevor C. Williams Kids Foundation[ citation needed ] [6] and was sold at Empire Auction to an unknown buyer. [6]

In 2008, Tondino was invited by designer Yves Jean Lacasse to prepare painted clothing for Manneken-Pis on the occasion of the 400 anniversary of Quebec [7]


Tondino has had numerous solo exhibitions and taken part in many group shows, including ones at Nelligan: Le Vaisseau d’or Maison de la culture Mercier, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (2014 [8] , and Dada [9]


Tondino co-authored and co-directed two short films which premiered at the Montreal World Film Festival in 2012 and 2013. One of the films titled Crainte et tremblement is about World War 1. [10] Crainte et tremblement was available on Radio Canada's website from 2012 until 2015. The second film is called Cell From Hell.[ citation needed ]

Tondino was the art director for Someone is Watching. He has worked on many film and theatre productions, including Le Confessional, Jesus de Montreal, The Whole Nine Yards, and Where the Money Is.[ citation needed ]

Education and affiliations

Tondino received his Bachelor of Arts in philosophy at McGill University in 1985 and his MA in philosophy at University of Montreal.

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