Gagnon, René

Technique: Oil


René Gagnon was born in Chicoutimi (Québec) in 1928.

Since 1967, the art of this self-taught artist , René Gagnon, has travelled around the world. As passionate and dedicated as he was then, his art remains today spontaneous and rich with colours. Using a palette knife, he layers colours with great artistry capturing the luminous quality particular to northern landscape.

Media coverage

  • Magazin’ Art, biennal guide of Canadian artists in galleries, 2002-2003 and earlier years
  • Magazin’ Art summer 2001 edition, article pg.82 (French version) and pg.109 English version
  • Progrès-Dimanche, articles, 03-95, 03-98
  • Le Quotidien, articles, Chicoutimi, 10-72, 11-95, 11-98
  • Du Saguenay à Tasman-Negara, documentary film, Production Vison Mode, 1998
  • Le Matin Maghreb, article, 1997
  • Straits Times Kuala Lumpur, article, 07-1996
  • René Gagnon, lbook, Broquet, ed., 1972


  • Air Canada, Montreal
  • Akwa International, Montreal,Maroc
  • Alcan, Montréal
  • Distacum Communications, Hong Kong
  • Distilleries Corby, Montreal
  • Fondation Pierre Cardin, Paris
  • Groupe Afriquia, Maroc
  • Power Corporation, Montreal
  • Québécor, Montreal
  • Yayasan Seni Berdaftar, Malaisia

Prizes and distinctions

  • Prize of the Commonwealth Cultural Festival, Kuala Lumpur, 1998
  • The Sun Kuala Lumpur, quotidian, article, 1996
  • He received the Medal of the Quebec National Assembly on June 21st, 2012
  • He also received the Commendation for Recognition of Excellence by the municipality of Sacré-Coeur-on-the-Fjord-du-Saguenay


  • Économusée of Valleyfield
  • Contemporary Museum of Montreal
  • Joliette Museum
  • Saguenay Museum, Lac St-Jean