Ysabel Le May

Born: Quebec City, Quebec, 1966
Price range: $6700-$12,000

Ysabel Le May was born in Québec City in 1966. After obtaining a diploma in graphic design and communications she moved to Vancouver, where, between 1986 to 2002 she worked for several prominent advertising agencies. She eventually owned a successful agency for nine years and studied as an independent student in the art and painting program at Emily Carr.

Upon her return to Montréal, Le May reoriented her career toward her first passion: painting.

She began studying painting under the tutelage of international artist painter Carmelo Blandino with whom she was able to learn and work as his studio assistant. Le May began selling her art immediately to various private and corporate clients in Canada, which helped her attain notoriety as a young and dynamic artist. In the summer of 2004 she produced her first solo exhibition at the Galerie Espace in Montréal. Since then she has participated in several group shows as well as solo shows in Canada, United States and Italy. Her work can be currently seen at the Montréal Museum of Fine Art Gallery where she has been represented for the last five years. She was also the recipient of the prestigious artist’s grant from Le Conseil des Arts et des Lettres of Québec in 2006.

Ysabel Le May is an artist who possesses the ability to evoke beauty through the art she creates. In paintings she chooses to work with oil and polymer as a medium. In a contemporary style, Le May’s work offers an expressive and contemplative approach which leaves the viewer room for interpretation…

Ysabel Le May now resides in Naples, Florida where she works full time as a painter.


1998 - 2000 Art and Painting Program, Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver, Canada

1983 - 1987 Graphic Design and Communications, College Sainte-Foy, Quebec City, Québec


1986 - 2002 Graphic Designer & Art Director, Québec, Montréal, Vancouver, Canada

1990 - 2002 President, Creative Director, LeMay Studio, Vancouver, Canada

2002 - present Visual Artist, Canada, United States


2017 THE GATEWAY, 2017 commission for the American Institute in Taiwan

U.S. Department of State’s Art in Embassies Program

2015 Represented Texas at the Women to Watch 2015 Exhibit

at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC

2011 Winner KiptonART 2011 Rising Star Program, New York

2010 Selected for 2010 Open Portfolio, Chelsea Art Museum, New York

2003 Grant Recipient, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Québec, Canada


2018 Instructor, Santa Fe Photographic Workshop, Santa Fe, New Mexico


2015 AZUL, 2011, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, California

2017 ARCHEUS, 2015, Morris Museum, Morristown, New Jersey


State Department, art in Embassies program, United states

Texas state University, art collection, Austin TX

Chevron Corporation, Calgary, Canada

Bacardi Corporation, Miami, Florida

Johnsonville Corporation, Wisconsin

Bloomingdale’s Corporate, New York, New York

Devmont Corporation, Montréal, Canada

The Epic Hotel, Miami, Florida

Wasmer, Shroader Financial, Naples, Florida