Canadian, Officer of the Order of Canada
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Joe Fafard was born in 1942 in Ste-Marthe, Saskatchewan. He obtained his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1966 from the University of Manitoba and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the State University of Pennsylvania.
He teaches from 1968 in Canada to the USA. After a few years of teaching, the considerable success of his works led him to devote himself totally to his art.
He is inspired by his environment, the agricultural world and develops a bestiary: horses, cows, foals ... His sculptures are striking of realism and contribute to its fame. They are always treated with a certain degree of humor or in a friendly way.
He won in the early 80s, a request for public art and incorporates a new material: bronze. He is developing his practice and is deeply involved in this technique, to the point where he will open his own foundry, Julienne Atelier Inc., in Pense, Saskatchewan.
This passionate artist was honored for his work, sculptures of the artist are found in many museums and corporate institutions. "Joe Fafard is a renowned sculptor for his works inspired by his environment and the agricultural world to which they pay tribute. Its complex portraits of artists, writers, theorists, politicians, strangers and friends "- National Gallery of Canada.
He was named Officer of the Order of Canada in 1981 in addition to numerous titles and awards throughout his career. The National Gallery of Canada held an exhibition in early 2008.