Biography of André Lapointe
André Lapointe was born in 1956 in Mont-Louis, Quebec. In 1976, he was awarded a certificate in sculpture by École Bourgeault in Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, Quebec, in 1985, a Bachelor’s degree in visual arts by Université du Québec à Montréal and, in 1988, a master’s degree in visual arts by the same institution. He became professor of sculpture at Université de Moncton, New Brunswick, in 1989.
Lapointe has exhibited solo at Galerie Sans Nom in Moncton (1987), at the Musée régional de Rimouski (Quebec, 1988), at Galerie Daniel in Montréal (1989), at the Galerie d'art of Université de Moncton (1990 and 1999), at the Galerie d'art de Matane (Quebec, 2000) and at the Sir Wilfred Grenfell College Art Gallery in Corner Brook, Newfoundland (2007). He was a participant in group exhibitions at Broome Street Gallery in New York (1991), for the event O infinité des possibles held at Galerie Occurence in Montreal (1998), at the Festival d'art contemporain des Laurentides, in Quebec (2003), at the Musée de la mer on the Magdalen Islands (2004), and at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton, New Brunswick.
Nature is intimately linked to Lapointe’s work, in its materials as well as in its form and content. In this vein he was a participant in the sculpture event within the Mois du Québec in Saint-Malo, France (1984), at the 3 + 4 sculpture symposium in Baie-Comeau, Quebec (1987), at the international sculpture symposium in Drummondville, Quebec (1992), at the Expression/impression urbaines sculpture symposium in Gatineau, Quebec (2000), at the contemporary art symposium Les islomanes on the Magdalen Islands, Quebec (2004) and at the international symposium of the Fondation Derouin in Val-David, Quebec (2007). He created environmental sculptures for the Fédération des Caisses populaires acadiennes, in Caraquet, New Brunswick (1997) and the Town of Dieppe, New Brunswick (2004). In 2006, he created La forêt sculptée, an art work located in the woods close to the highway between Moncton and Shediac.
In 2005, Lapointe was awarded the Strathbutler Prize by the Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation. Starting in 2001, he has directed the artistic component of Université de Moncton‘s ecological park where, in 2004, he organized the Symposium d'art nature de l'Acadie. From 2001 to 2003, he represented the southeast region in the New Brunswick association of Acadian professional artists (AAAPNB). He was the acting director of the Galerie d'art de l'Université de Moncton in 2002-2003.