Yvon Gallant (1950- ) was born in Moncton, New Brunswick, and has lived there for most of his life. In 1976, he was one of the first artists to graduate from l’Université de Moncton’s visual arts program. While absorbing the teachings of modernism and contemporary art history as a student, Gallant’s Acadian heritage naturally attracted him to the folk art forms that were part of his upbringing and everyday life. Gallant began creating visual stories, full of wit and playfulness, using myths, superstitions, family rituals and social scenes for his subjects.
Since the 1970s, Gallant’s visual stories have accumulated to form a contemporary album of Acadian life. Signature features of his style include the blank faces of his figures, exaggerated hands, and vibrantly coloured shapes outlined in black. His work displays a strong relationship between life and art.
Yvon Gallant has worked for the National Film Board of Canada and the Galerie Sans Nom in Moncton. Over the course of his career, he has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Atlantic Canada and throughout Canada. In 1994, a retrospective of his work was organized by the Confederation Centre Art Gallery and Museum (Charlottetown, PEI). He has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the Miller Brittain Prize for Excellence in the Visual Arts (1992).