Nicolas Ruel was born in Montreal in 1973. Since 2006, the photographer traveled seventy cities scattered across forty countries and five continents to produce his main series, Cityscape, Civilization and Industrial, featuring emblematic cities with a futuristic angle; a tribute to historial sites, architectural splendors and lifestyles of the earthlings of the 21st century.
The artist has developed an in-camera double-exposure method—a prevalent feature in his work—to create unique visual signatures. The large-format stainless steel prints, dedicated to Cityscape and Industrial series, highlight the monumentality of his subjects, which bring the metallic surfaces to life with shimmering inks. Bronze first appeared as a photographic support in the series Civilization, which revisits the historically charged vestiges of archeological sites, sanctuaries, and ancient cities. More recently, prints on paper were introduced in new series featuring palaces and castles around the world.
His works have been featured in solo and group exhibitions in Montreal, Toronto, New York, Paris, Tokyo. His photographs are part of numerous public and private collections, namely, Air Canada, Cirque du Soleil, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Museum Europäischer Kulturen, Power Corporation, Microsoft and The Rothschild Group. He has also collaborated to international magazines such as Vogue and National Geographic. He is represented in Canada by Galerie de Bellefeuille.Download the artist biography