COSMO BARRANCA
untitled, 1979, watercolour on paper
6.5 x 6.5 in, 16.51 x 16.51 cm


DENIS JUNEAU
Born in Verdun, Quebec, 1925
Denis Juneau studied at the École des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, under the guidance of Alfred Pellan, amongst others. He became an important figure in the new wave of artists in Quebec during the late 1950s and early 1960s.

The third child of 5, Juneau suffered from total deafness as a result of meningitis contracted at the age of 18 months. Despite this handicap, and having a paralysed right leg from poliomyelitis contracted at age 3, he went on to study in Italy at the Sculoa di Disegno di Novara from 1954 to 1956.

After his return to Montreal in 1956, he took part in a collective exhibition at the Denyse Delrue gallery. Two years later he had his first of many solo exhibitions at the same gallery.

Denis Juneau became recognized as one of the plasticien (or hard edge) painters such as Guido Molinari, Fernand Toupin, Claude Tousignant and Fernand Leduc. All through the 1960s, 1970s and part of the 1980s, he is faithful to this style of painting. In 1982, when in Paris, he slowly turns to a more fluid and free style of expression. A prolific artist, he also produced many sculptures, designed symbols and logos, such as the one for the Université de Montréal. His work has been shown in museums worldwide.

In 1986, he was the first artist to be awarded the Gershon Iskowitz prize. In 1987, he had a solo exhibition at The National Gallery of Canada. The Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec held an important retrospective exhibition of his paintings and sculptures in 2001.

Denis Juneau received the Prix Paul-Émile-Borduas, awarded by the government of Quebec in 2008. He lives and works in Montreal.