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Marc Bauer-Maison was born in Paris, France in 1961. He obtained his Baccalaureate in Mathematics and Natural Sciences in 1979. Always interested in nature and its wonders, Marc developed strong skills in hiking and mountain-climbing. He became the head of the mountain-climbing department of the University of Medicine (Université Paris V). Marc studied Architecture at l’Ecole des Beaux-Arts under the guidance of J-M Musso. After graduating from Architecture, Marc continued his studies in Media and Communication with P.Babin at the Université of Lyon in France before coming to Canada to teach at St. Paul University in Ottawa. It was there that he met Barbara Bauer. Marc and Barbara married in the summer of 1988 in Waterloo, Ontario. He later became a Canadian citizen. Marc and Barbara adopted three children from China: Naomi, Elisha and Natasha. In 2003, Marc was selected to exhibit at the prestigious Salon D'Automne in Paris. The following year, Marc’s work was featured in Paris’ equally famous Salon des Indépendants. Barbara passed away in August 2005 of breast cancer. Four years later during a trip to France, Marc encountered for the first time the renowned Sumi-e master painter Alain Bonnefoit—an encounter that can only be described as fateful in light of the profound influence that Bonnefoit would have on Marc’s own work.