René Taillefer graduated from the École des beaux-arts de Québec in 1963 and earned a Professional teaching certificate (Brevet en enseignement spécialisé) the following year. Between 1964 and 2004, he taught at the École des beaux-arts de Québec, the École d’architecture and École des arts visuels at Université Laval, and the École des métiers d’art at Cégep Limoilou. He also taught in Niger with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) from 1971 to 1974. Taillefer has exhibited his sculptures across Canada and completed a number of projects for the integration of art into architecture. Rooted in the principles of spatial organization with its counterpoint of order and disorder, each of his works is incorporated into its natural or manmade environment. Some geometric and others vaguely suggestive of forms found in nature (e.g. trees), his sculptures impel viewers to move around them and to explore the topology of their design.
René Taillefer, TOHU-BOHU, 2006. Aluminium brossé. 180 x 1420 x 610 cm. Piste cyclable de la Rivière St-Charles, Québec. Photo : Richard St-Marie.