Born in 1940, in Villeneuve de la Raho, a village in the South of France, Christiane Frenay is an artist of Catalan descent. Her father, Jean Malé, is an artist as well. A little garden is named “Espace Jean Malé” since January 1997.
After graduating from the École des Beaux-Arts in Toulouse, Christiane Frenay moved to Tunisia, where she lived for almost a decade. Her travels through the North of Africa, with its colours and mysteries, had a profound effect on her art.
Then, in 1970, Frenay established her permanent residence in Canada but continued to observe and investigate the diverse roots and rituals of various cultures, always relating them to the basic questions of existence. She feels that in every society, man uses different spoken or written words, religious beliefs and symbols to enrich life with meaning. Her philosophical approach to art and her spiritual quest for meaning is reflected in all her work.
Since 1965, Frenay’s work has been exhibited in many countries. Her work can be found among many private collections in France, Switzerland, Belgium, Tunisia, Sweden, Japan, the United States and Canada.