Gérardo Labarca's career is quite atypical for an artist-painter. He walked with success and brio in the restaurant industry in Montreal (Restaurants Pinxto, Zumaia, Bar et Bœuf and Mezcla), before embarking on the adventure of painting. His impetus in the field of visual art is the fruit of a completely unexpected encounter. ... and from there resurfaced a new life in him. He is still experimenting with certain media and several horizons are opening up to him! We can feel the joy that emerges from it through the history of his works. Self-taught portraitist, Labarca captures the soul and essence of the characters he chooses to bring to life on canvas. Attention to detail and perfection is present while looking light and carefree ... He likes to illustrate the intensity of the feelings that characterize his subjects, whether they are timeless icons or loved ones ... Through his works we learn to understand this artist. We feel his joy of living, and a certain wonder at his raw talent. The combination of the different techniques he uses is a nod to several aspects of his magnificent personality.