BIOGRAPHY & STUDIES
Born in Montreal in 1943, Sydney Menkes studied with Sara Diskinson and Adam Sherriff Scott from 1956 to 1958. He then studied at Montreal's Ecole des beaux-arts before leaving for Mexico where he studied Aztec art for a year. Menkes has been represented by Galerie Valentin since 2007.
1943 Born in Montreal
1956-1958 Studied with Sara Dickinson and Adam Sherriff Scott
1959- 1960 École des beaux-arts, Montréal
1961 Resided in Mexico to study Aztec art
1962 School of Art Award, Sir George Williams University, nowadays Concordia University
1963 Studied graphic etchings with Moe Reinblatt, Montreal Museum of Fine Art, and graphic design with Alan Harrison, Sir George Williams University
1963 Taught art classes to children under Christopher Lackey, Sir George Williams University
1963 Robert Simpson Award, Sir George Williams University.
1965 First Prize (furniture design), Cyanamid of Canada Ltd.
1967 Gave private art instruction
1969 Windows display, photography and architectural rendering
1970 Taught at the Artist's Workshop Studio, Montreal
1975 Toy design and construction, fun Company, Montreal
1976- 2001 Owned and operated Magnum Opus, Montreal
THEMES /SUBJECT / MEDIUM
A great collector of antique toys for more than twenty-five years, this artist incorporates these exceptional objects in his paintings by reproducing them with great accuracy.
2003-2007 The Children's Toy Series
Sidney Menkes works with oil and polyurethane acrylate on canvas as well as carbon pigment on paper. Each painting is framed with precious wood, made by a craftsman.
2012/11/10/09/08 Artists’ Choice, Group exhibition, Galerie Valentin, Montreal
2012/11/10/09/08/07 Small Size Works, Group exhibition, Galerie Valentin, Montreal
2007 Children’s Toy Series, Solo , Galerie Valentin, Montréal
1964 Mount-Royal Centre, Montreal
1964 Maisonneuve Recreation Centre, Montreal
1966 Galerie Libre, Montréal