Joe Fafard

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Joe Fafard : biography

September 2, 1942 –

Joseph Fafard, (born September 2, 1942) is a Canadian sculptor.


  • Officer of the Order of Canada, 1981
  • Medal in Allied Arts, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, 1987
  • Honourary Doctorate Degree, University of Regina, 1989
  • Saskatchewan Order of Merit, 2002
  • National Prix Montfort, 2003
  • Lieutenant Governor’s Saskatchewan Centennial Medal for the Arts, 2005
  • Honourary Doctorate Degree, University of Manitoba, 2007
  • Saskatchewan Arts Board Lifetime Achievement Award, 2007


Born in Sainte-Marthe, Saskatchewan in 1942 to Leopold Fafard and Julienne Cantin whose families both date back centuries in Canada. Joe is a descendant of Jacques Goulet. He received a B.S.A from the University of Manitoba in 1966 and a M.F.A. from Pennsylvania State University in 1968. From 1968 to 1974, he taught sculpture at the University of Saskatchewan, Regina Campus (now the University of Regina). He was visiting lecturer at the University of California, Davis in 1980-1981. Recognized for his outstanding contribution to the arts in Canada, he was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1981; awarded the Architectural Institute of Canada Allied Arts Award in 1987; and received an Honorary Degree from the University of Regina in 1989

Fafard sculpted in plaster and ceramics in the early part of his career, but switched to bronze as his primary medium in the 1980s. In 1985 he opened the Julienne Atelier foundry in Pense, Saskatchewan. His art is heavily influenced by his Saskatchewan surroundings, and includes life-size bronzes of cows, horses and pigs.

Fafard’s works were featured on a series of postage stamps issued by Canada Post in 2012. The National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa installed his colourful Running Horses (2007) in 2011 adjacent to the Sussex Drive entrance.

Public works

File:Urban cows.jpg|Joe Fafard’s sculptural work, "The Pasture" (1985), Toronto Dominion Centre, Toronto, Ontario Canada File:Joe_Fafard_The_Pasture_01.jpg|Joe Fafard’s sculptural work, "The Pasture" (1985), Toronto Dominion Centre, Toronto, Ontario Canada File:Edmonton Paskwamostos.jpg|Joe Fafard’s sculptural work, Paskwamostos, Edmonton, Alberta File:Joe Fafard – Nurture Nature 01.jpg|Joe Fafard’s sculptural work, Nurture Nature (1993), Toronto, Ontario Canada File:Sculpture (2338343973).jpg|Joe Fafard’s sculptural work Bonnie Buchlyvie (1999) is at the University of Saskatchewan’s agriculture building File:Fafard horses Ottawa.jpeg|Joe Fafard’s sculptural work, Running Horses at the National Gallery of Canada Ottawa, Ontario Canada

  • Oskana-Ka-Ashteki, downtown Regina, Saskatchewan (1997)
  • Claudia, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (2003)