Aristide Gagnon, born in Amqui in 1930, is a multidisciplinary artist known for his bronzes. After graduating of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, where he was a pupil of Jean-Paul Lemieux, Gagnon practiced painting, glass, enamel and sculpture. He also learned stained glass, allowing him to execute the stained glass windows of St Joseph's Oratory.
In 1958, he won the National Contest of Quebec for an oil on canvas, which gives him a good visibility. This painting is now part of the Musée du Québec's collection. In 1972, he acquired the James Hezel Foundry and transformed the site into a permanent creation workshop. He still works there and realizes his bronze sculptures, from the smallest size to the monumental format.
Gagnon made several public art sculptures and is in various public and private collections.