Julie René de Cotret was born in Montreal in 1976. She studied Fine Arts at John Abbott College, in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Montreal and received her B.F.A. from the NSCAD, in 2004. In 2005 she was guest student at the Meadows School of Art, SMU, Dallas, Tx. She has recently finished a two-year artist residency program with the School of Environmental Science at the University of Guelph. Her studio is located in Guelph. René de Cotret is a member of the Board of Directors for Ed Video Media Art Centre, and she also curates at the Elora Centre for the Arts.