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Cédric Houin

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Cédric Houin is an explorer, observer, photographer, filmmaker, visual artist, writer and music composer.

He is known since 1998 as Varial* in the visual art world, and as Bastián de Luka in the music industry


He was born in Paris in 1978.

He lived and worked 10 years in Montreal, Canada as a multi-plateform visual artist where he produce over 400 images for the advertising industry.

Since 2010 he has been travelling around the planet as a nomadic author helping communities and foundations with his photographic, film, design and communication skills and vision.

His work has been published in several languages in National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, The Smithsonian Magazine, The New York Times, the Globe and Mail, Wider Magazine, BBC, CNN,

His image Butterfly from Afghanistan won the 2012 Annual Photo Contest of National geographic Traveler.




NextGenClimate, Barefoot College, Karuna Shechen, Hutan Project, Smithsonian Magazine, National Film Board of Canada, Telefilm Canada,TV5, Fonds Bell, Ubisoft, 7 Fingers, MUTEK, Quebec Council for Media and Arts, the Society for Arts and Technology, Louis Vuitton, Rihanna, Mercedes, Spotify, Philippe Dubuc, Marie St-Pierre, Piknicelectronik, Mutek, Montreal en Lumières, Igloofest,Patrick Watson, GSI Musique AGENCIES Ogilvy, Publicis, CLM-Bbdo,Taxi, Sidlee, Bos, Bluesponge

Supported by

Arsenal Contemporary Art Center, Nikon Canada, Impossible Project, The Québec Government Office in New-York, Duggal Visual Solutions, Artnet Auctions

Gallery Representation : Arsenal Contemporary Art

Featured Films

Legends of a Pirate



I am Maya


Short Films



Documentary Photography

Wakhan another Afghanistan

The Kemperi Clan - The tale of Bameno, Ecuador Amazon

The Last Nomadic Penans of Borneo

Traces of Time, Memories of the Afghan Pamir.

The Nature Conservancy - I am Maya

Doña Luz Mexico / Guatemala / Belize / Salvador / Ecuador

Barefoot College India

Karuna Shechen Nepal and India

World Vision Canada - Nepal

Next Gen Climate Michigan / Ohio / Colorado


Traces of Time

Doña Luz : Solar Mama Stories from Latin America



2015 - ETONNANTS VOYAGEURS Film Fest - Selection and listed as Best of Show

2014 -RENDEZ-VOUS DU CINÉMA QUÉBÉCOIS - Best 1st or 2nd documentary


2012 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVELER -1st Place Winner, World

2012 - PDN ANNUAL - Photo District News - USA

2011 - EXPOSURE - Artist Wanted - USA

2011 - APPLIED ARTS  - Canada

2010 LUX - Québec

2010 APPLIED ARTS - 3 Prizes - Canada

2009 LUX  - 1 Grand Prize + 4 Prizes  - Quebec

2008 LUX - 1 Prize - Québec

Conceptual - Illustration

2010 PDN PIX - Photo District News - USA

2010 LUX - Québec

2010 APPLIED ARTS - 4 Prizes - Canada

2009 CREA - Annual Québec Advertising

2005 FELIX - Best CD sleeve - Quebec Music Awards

2003-04-05 - ONETOP - 7 Prizes + Best of Show 2004 - Quebec


2009 - CANNES LIONS - shortlist - World


2008 - BOOMERANG - Grand Prize + 1 Prize b2c  - Quebec

2008 - FWA  - site of the day

2008 WEBBIES - nominee - World


From Darkness to Light

in supportof/with the Barefoot College

Geneva 2016 - London 2016


April - August 2014, Arsenal Contemporary Art, Toronto

October 2013 - March 2014, Arsenal Contemporary Art, Montreal

January 2013, United Nations, New York

May 2012, Milk Gallery, New York

April 2012, Traces of Time, Impossible Project, New York

November 2012, Buddha Bar Gallery Paris

May 2012 , Impossible Project Gallery, New York

April 2010, eXcentris Gallery, Montreal

October 2009, eXcentris Gallery, Montreal

2012 Contemporary Art Fair St-Lambert , Québec

2012 Vaste&Vague Gallery - Québec / 2011 Oeil de Poisson - Québec ( video)

2011-12 Its Happening, Paris / 2010 W hotel, Montreal

2009 Punkt Atelier, Montreal / 2009 ART & DESIGN, Montreal

2009 Lipstick, Montreal / 2009 Pecha Kucha #12 & #14, Montreal


NPR the story (listen) , Radio Canada , New York Times,

CBC, Huffington Post, National Geographic,

Smithsonian Magazine,  National Film Board of Canada,

Telefilm Canada, TV5


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