After completing a teaching diploma (1953) and a BA (1957), Jean-Marie Laberge earned two Certificats des Grand Maîtres de Paris (general, 1960; portraiture, 1964), a postgraduate degree from Sir John Cass College in London (1967), an MFA from Washington’s Catholic University (1968) and a Certificate in art history from the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (1982). In 1980, he became a founding member of the Association des Créateurs en Arts Visuels du Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean. Following a sculpture internship in Bristol, England (1989), Laberge taught creative arts in Malawi in Central Africa; he continued to teach upon his return and participated in exhibitions in Canada, the United States and Europe. He has won numerous awards for his bronze portraits and aluminum murals, including the Prix Demos (silver, 2007) and the Prix Sculptura (gold, 2012) from the Académie Internationale des Beaux-arts du Québec. His public sculptures include an aluminum mural in the Hydro-Québec conference room (1989), a monument to Monseigneur S. Bluteau in Saint-Félicien’s Sacré-Cœur Park (1992) and a monument to Sister Françoise Simard in Chicoutimi (2012).
Jean-Marie Laberge, O guitare! O guitare!, 2003. Bronze sur base de granite. 62 x 95 x 35 cm. Photo avec l’aimable autorisation de l’artiste.