Colette Laliberté


Colette Laliberté’s idea-based practice of abstraction encompasses drawings, digital prints, paintings, projections and site-specific wallworks. She links her work with the ideology that grouped Malevich, Lissitzky and Moholy-Nagy; an ideology grounded in their belief in the future, and a utopian view of art as a universal language with the power to instil change. She owes the genesis of her work to this legacy.

Contrary to the Constructivist, Laliberté does not qualify abstract art as a universal language, but she uses abstraction to toy with the perception of space and fuel her interest in movement, temporality, presence and absence.

Born in Sherbrooke, Quebec Laliberté moved to Toronto in 1985 following her residency as Young Artists in Residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts. She earned a BFA from UQAM University and an MFA from Windsor University. Her works have been exhibited in numerous solo, duo and group exhibitions in Canada and abroad. Laliberté has also participated in residencies in France, Spain, New York, and most recently at The Durham Gallery in Stouffville, Ontario and Duntara Newfoundland.

Laliberté is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Art at the Ontario College of Art and Design University, (OCAD U) where she teaches drawing, painting, installation and site specific art practices. She held the positions of Chair of First-Year Studies, Assistant Dean and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Faculty of Art. Laliberté has been a visiting artist and lecturer in several universities, galleries and art circles as well as the recipient of grants and awards from the Ontario, Quebec, local, provincial and federal governmental agencies.