RIOUX, Claude (1953)

Claude Rioux, SI-SEA-SCIE,2013. Acier et bois. 457 x 274 x 274 cm. Photo avec l’aimable autorisation de l’artiste.

Claude Rioux has devoted the past thirty years to sculpture and painting after studying 3D animation and composite material casting in college. In 1986, he founded a gallery/workshop in Montreal called 1000 azurs; he opened another upon moving to Rivière-à-Claude in 1993 called La Galerie magique du Dragon d’art. He quickly became an active member of the Gaspésie community, particularly at the Centre d’artistes Vaste et Vague in Carleton. His monumental sculptures, most of them symbolic of regional culture, can be found at numerous public sites, including Rivière-à-Claude (Dragon, 1994), Marsoui (Cavalier des flots, 2010) and Sainte-Anne-des-Monts (Coalition, 2011). In 2013, he created an immense fresco in honour of the 60th anniversary of the City of Murdochville.