Born in 1942 in Sainte-Marthe, Saskatchewan, Joe Fafard is one of Canada’s most famous artists, although he is not as well known in Quebec, where his family roots are. During the early days of his career, he made kinetic sculptures. Starting in 1968, he did satirical portraits of famous artists. From 1968 to 1974, he taught sculpture at the University of Saskatchewan in Regina. He began working in clay in 1972 and enlarged his subject base to include life in the community of Pense, Saskatchewan. His portraits and animals have brought him great success at home. In 1984, he won a commission from the Toronto Dominion Centre in Toronto, for which he created The Pasture . In 1985, he opened his own foundry, Julienne Atelier Inc., in Pense. That same year, The Pasture was put on permanent display in downtown Toronto. Fafard has been awarded numerous prizes and was named Officer of the Order of Canada in 1981. The artist has lived and worked in Regina since 1987.

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