(1922 - 2011)
Canadian Grand master painter, Pierre Gauvreau was born in Montreal in 1922 and studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Montreal after having made the cycle of Letters at the College Sainte-Marie. He is an automatist painter and a signatory of the Refus Global (as, among others, his brother Claude - fundamental poet and playwright). Pierre Gauvreau has remained true to the spirit of surrealism throughout his life especially considering the vastness of his cannon.
After his automatist period, Gauvreau joined the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation where he became one of the most important Canadian directors. From the early 1950s, we see less of his painting, though he does not completely neglect the practice of painting. He makes a remarkable return in 1975, with an exhibition composed of works that renewed his artistic language without losing the essence of automatist and the spirit of the surreal. In addition, the exhibition was enhanced by his other professional and creative activities at Radio Canada and the National Film Board of Canada. In his later productions, Pierre Gauvreau became known for is use of aerosol, which gives his work a raw character free from artifice. Painter, writer, director, author, filmmaker, the creative endeavours of Pierre Gauvreau have marked Quebec across all its media.
The artwork of Pierre Gauvreau can be found in several major private, public and corporate collections. In 2014, a major exhibition organized by the Museum of Civilization in Quebec honoured Pierre Gauvreau.