Born in 1958, René Donais is a Montreal artist printmaker fascinated with human and animal anatomy, enthralled with the bizarre. He studied art history and his first investigations in printmaking are on occidental paintings inspired by Japanese prints. After a two-year stay in China (1988-90), his creativity took the form of representations of flayed anatomy. He also became interested in human monstrosities, particularly hirsutism, and animal aberrations. His engravings were selected for the 14th, 15th and 16th Biennales of Sarcelles (France), the Second International Mezzotint Festival - 2013 (Ekaterinburg, Russia) and the Taiwan International Mini-Prints Exhibition -2012 (Taipei, Taiwan). He won the "Quebec prize" at the 6th Biennale internationale d'estampe contemporaine (Trois-Rivières, Canada) and the first prize at the 4th biennale "Voir grand" (Montreal, Canada). René Donais is a self-taught engraver. He is a member of Atelier Circulaire since 1999.