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Art Public

Ville de Montréal

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Rafael Sottolichio

La maison que nous avons bâtie

Presentation of the artwork
The work, painted on five plywood panels, is installed in the lobby of Centre Père-Marquette, a place for circulation and encounters.

It represents the space where it was installed, thus proposing a mise en abyme effect. Featuring a multitude of figures on dissimilar planes, this fresco portrays the historical aspect of the family by evoking different ages of life.

Built from photographic models, the mural displays a wide range of techniques, from photographic realism to abstract painting. The setting is punctuated with openings to architectural details such as the former Angus factory, a stained-glass window from the Botanical Gardens, and steel structures of buildings under construction.

Associated events
The project was created in the context of the L’art public dans les arrondissements de Montréal initiative launched as part of implementation of the City of Montreal’s Cultural Development Policy, with the goal of encouraging greater accessibility to arts and culture.
Rafael Sottolichio
After a year studying graphic design at the Catholic University of Chile, in Santiago, Rafael Sottolichio undertook a diploma in visual arts at the CÉGEP de Saint-Laurent in Montreal in 1991. He earned a BFA in 1996 and an MFA in 2009 at the Université du Québec à Montréal. Sottolichio has had work in numerous solo and group exhibitions. He has produced a number of murals, including the one for the Patro Le Prévost community and recreation centre, Ensemble, in Montreal in 2009.
Awards and honours
  • Bourse de courte durée du Conseil des arts du Canada , 2003
  • Bourse de courte durée du Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, 2002
  • Bourse de courte durée du Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, 2000
Fine Arts
Collection name
Integration with architecture
Mode of acquisition
Public commission from the Ville de Montréal
Paint; fireproofing
Plywood; acrylic; oil; hard varnish; fireproofing coating; latex
General dimensions
193 x 545 x 5,08
  • Acrylic
La maison que nous avons bâtie
Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie
Centre Père-Marquette
Civic address
1600, rue De Drucourt, Montréal, Québec H2G 1N6