Yvon Jolivet is a self-taught artist born in the village of Saint-François de Montmagny on the South Shore of the Saint-Lawrence River. From the end of the 1970s, he was mainly interested in Indian ink and pastel drawing, to which he devoted a good part of his time and exhibited his work in various cafés in Quebec.
And then, his natural curiosity and his need to acquire in-depth knowledge of our environment led him to study on a university academic course that would last a decade. From 1985 to 1996, he studied science in several disciplines such as physical geography, biology and astrophysics from where he obtained a Bachelor's degree in Physical Geography and a Master's degree in Geography specializing in microclimatology and climatology applied to the Sherbrooke University.
He will work as a scientific popularizer (1988-1991) for the AQLPA (Quebec association for the fight against atmospheric pollution) and especially as a research professional in microclimatology applied to viticulture in cold climates for certain companies through the National Council of Research of Canada and CORPAQ (Quebec Fisheries and Agri-food Research Council). Several of his research in viticultural microclimatology will be published internationally in the International Journal of Physical Sciences of Vine and Wine in Bordeaux.
His in-depth scientific expertise in microclimatology and his ability to develop specific instrumentation led him to continue to work as a research professional for more than a decade for the Coastal Erosion Research Chair (UQAR), hence a publication in the prestigious journal Environmental Science; Earth Surface Processes and Landforms reports the development of specialized instrumentation for coastal erosion, and sporadically, he will be an instrumentation advisor for the Inhabited Forest Research Chair (UQAR). In recent years, he has worked partially as an agroclimatology advisor with an agronomy consulting company to help agricultural producers face the challenge of climate change. Yvon Jolivet is still an active member as a scientific advisor to the CEN (Centre d'études nordiques du Québec).
From these years as a field scientist, when his photography was mainly dedicated to archiving, art was only a step away. It was not until 2016 that Yvon Jolivet developed and implemented light his first collection of photographs entitled "Marine Art" which will be presented in several art galleries in Quebec and some of which will earn international honorary mentions. Since then, he works, develops and refines his photographic and artistic approach continuously. His unique photographic work are now recognized internationally.