Guido Molinari was born in 1933, in Montreal, where he studied from time to time between 1948 and 1951 at the École des beaux-arts and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. He had his first solo show in 1953, at the L’Échourie restaurant, and three years later exhibited in the United States for the first time. This self-taught artist quickly became the acknowledged master of abstract painting in Canada.
In 1965, he took part in “The Responsive Eye”, the major exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, prior to representing Canada at the 34th venice Biennale in 1968, where he won the major prize awarded by the David E. Bright Foundation. In 1976 he was given a significant retrospective exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada, whereupon he also published a compendium of his writings on art. In 1980, he was the youngest-ever winner of the Paul-Émile Borduas Prize. A last retrospective exhibition was organized by the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal in 1995. Guido Molinari died in Montreal in 2004.