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.


Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019 Folds in Space; 12 Degrees, 15 Beverley, Toronto (September 20 – December 12, 2019)
  • 2018 Shedding Memories | Hangars dans le temps; The Andrew & Laura McCain Art Gallery, Florenceville-Bristol, NB (February 3 – Mars 15 2018)
  • 2017 NBIISH-EAU-WATER; Galerie du nouvel Ontario (GN0), Sudbury, Ontario (October 13 – November 15, 2017)
  • 2013 “Constructs”; Katzman & Kaman Gallery, Toronto, Ontario (March 8 – April 20, 2013)
  • 2009 “Fitted”; Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Ontario (October 17 – November. 7, 2009)
  • 2007 “Construcciõn”; Galeria de Arte Universal, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba (June – August 2007)
  • 2005 “Conundrum”; Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
  • 2003 “Traffic”; Durham Art Gallery, Durham, Ontario
  • 2002 “Fast Lane”; Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
  • 1999 Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
  • 1999 “Champs de ville”; Centre d’art de l’Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 1998 “Autonyme”; Glendon Art Gallery, York University, York, Ontario
  • 1995 Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, Ontario
  • 1995 Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston, Ontario
  • 1994 Gallery Workscene, Toronto, Ontario
  • 1993 Galerie Les trois points, Montreal, Quebec
  • 1993 Artcite Inc., Windsor, Ontario
  • 1990 Galerie Les trois points, Montreal, Quebec
  • 1988 Kingston Artist’s Association Inc., Kingston, Ontario
  • 1987 Galerie Noctuelle, Montreal, Quebec
  • 1987 Zack Gallery, York University, Toronto, Ontario
  • 1985 Galerie Skol, Montreal, Quebec
  • 1985 Art Gallery of University of Moncton, Moncton, New-Brunswick
  • 1984 Galerie Sans Nom, Moncton, New-Brunswick

Group Exhibitions

  • 2015 “Bent-Lines and Folded Space”; The Latcham Gallery, Stouffville, Ontario Two-person exhibition | Curator Chai Duncan (January 31 – March 14, 2015)
  • 2014 “Glam North”; Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto, Scarborough, Toronto, Ontario | Curators Jennifer Rudder & Alexander Irving (Februart 26 – April 26, 2014)
  • 2014 “Orford: Territoire Insulaire / Orford: Insular Territory”, Tate Gallery, Chatham ON (January 24 – March 9, 2014)
  • 2012 “60 Painters”; Humber College’s Arts and Media Studios, Toronto, Ontario | Curator Scott Watson (May 18-June 19, 2012)
  • 2011 “Transitional Movement”; Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto, ON (November 26, 2011 – January 14, 2012)
  • 2011 “Degrees of Abstraction II”; Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto, ON (June 11 – July 23, 2011; August 17 – September 3, 2011)
  • 2010 “2 > 1”; Site Specific Intervention in collaboration with fellow artist Sandra Rechico; “Art +School [DISMISSED]”; Toronto, ON | Curator Heather Nicols
  • 2009 New work by: Colette Laliberté, Angela Leach, Dyan Marie, Monica Tap, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto, ON
  • 2009 Daimler Financial Services, Canadian Headquarters in Mississauga
  • 2008 “La Galerie Trois Points a vingt ans”; Montreal, Quebec
  • 2007 XXVII Festival of Caribbean Culture, Salon International, Galerea Oriente, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
  • 2005 “Informal Ideas: 05-04: (Fait); Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
  • 2005 “Informal Ideas 04:05 (please press landscape)”; Summer group exhibition, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
  • 2004 Triangle Artists’ Workshop 2004, Brooklyn, New York
  • 2003 “Blender”; Mix Magazine, An exhibition of 17 of Canada’s Hottest Visual Artists celebrating MIX Magazine’s MIX Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
  • 2003 Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 2003 “Regard”; Touring exhibition | Curator Annie Molin Vasseur:
  • 2003 Galerie vaste et vague de Carleton, Carleton, Quebec
  • 2003 Glendon Art Gallery, York University, York, Ontario
  • 2003 Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario, Sudbury, Ontario
  • 2000 “INFORMAL IDEAS : 00.3 (Play); Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
  • 2000 “Fresh Paint”; Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
  • 1999 INFORMAL IDEAS : 99.1 (Preview 1999); Wynick /Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
  • 1999 “TSA30”; Toronto School of Art 30th Anniversary Faculty Retrospective, York Quay Gallery, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Ontario
  • 1998 “Invitational”; Cold City Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
  • 1998 “Layers”; Wynick /Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
  • 1998 INFORMAL IDEAS : 98.2 (Degrees of Abstraction); Wynick /Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
  • 1997 “espace ï objet, colette laliberté & sandra rechico”; The Art Gallery of Peterborough, Ontario
  • 1996 “Azul”; Painting Installation within the space of the Wynick/Tuck Gallery, ARCO, Madrid, Spain
  • 1996 “INFORMAL IDEAS : 96.5 (Moving Planes)”; work in situ “Still-Blue”, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
  • 1996 “INFORMAL IDEAS : 96.3 (The Middle Show)”; Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
  • 1996 “Atopia”; Video Installation, collaboration with Ron Loranger, François Déchesne Symposium on the topic of “Exiguity” organized by the Bureau des regroupements des artistes visuels de l’Ontario –Bravo, 1996Darling Building, Toronto, Ontario | Curator Jeanne Musiol
  • 1995 “Tourism”; Art Gallery of Peel, Brampton, ON | Curator Andrew Hunter
  • 1996 Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
  • 1994 “An Emerging Presence”; Gallery ArtSpace, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON | Curator Joseph Wyatt
  • 1994 “Gallery Artists”; Galerie Les Trois Points, Montreal, Quebec
  • 1991 The Drabinsky Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
  • 1988 “Trois artistes autour d’une table”; Galerie Les trois points, Montreal, Quebec
  • 1987 “Femmes-Forces”; Musée du Québec, Quebec
  • 1986 “Mémoires Différentes/Different Memories”; Language Plus, Alma, Quebec (two-persons exhibition)
  • 1986 “5 Artists”; Gallery 76, Toronto, Ontario
  • 1985 “Dislocation”; Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff, Alberta | Curator Lorne Falk
  • 1984 “Hiver De Force; Hommage à Réjean Ducharme”; Galerie du Vieux Palais, Saint-Jérôme, Quebec
  • 1981 “Art et Société”; Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Quebec
  • 1980 Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario
  • 1976 Galerie Media, Montreal, Quebec
  • 1975 Galerie Laurent Tremblay, Montreal, Quebec
  • 1975 Comme Galerie, Quebec City, Quebec
  • 1975 “Art-Femme”; Musée d’art contemporain, Montreal, Quebec

Screening Work

  • 2009 “The Barn is on Fire”; Foreman Art Gallery, Bishop’sUniversity, Lennoxville, Qc; Video documentary where five members of my family speak of the 1995 fire that destroyed the barn, the herd of cattle and the summer and fall harvest; produced for the exhibition The Rustification of Henry Thomas Brown | Curator Andrew Hunter with the collaboration of Crystal Mowry.
  • 2008 “What’s the Name of It?”; Interactivos : Vision Play, MediaLab-Prado, Madrid, Spain; Interactive video projection produced in collaboration with artist Simone Jones and presented at the entrance of the Medialab-Prado, Madrid on opening night. The projection changed configuration and intensity as the daylight waned.

Artist Residency

  • 2016 The Wickwire Artists Guests House; English Harbour NL (June 21 – July 12, 2016 )
  • 2016 2 Rooms Contemporary Art Residencies, Duntara NL (June 2 – June 20, 2016)
  • 2015 The Latchman Gallery, Stouffville ON (January 26 – January 30, 2015)
  • 2012 Banff Art Centre, Banff Artist in Residence (BAIR), Banff, Alberta (June 25 – July 14, 2012)
  • 2011 Camac, Centre d’art Marnay Art centre, Marnay-sur-Seine, France (May 2 – June 30, 2011)
  • 2011 Banff Art Centre, Banff Artist in Residence (BAIR), Banff, Alberta (March 3 – 30, 2011)
  • 2008 Cape Farewell Youth Expedition 2008; Expedition to study the impact of climate change on the Arctic, British Council, Ottawa, Ontario
  • 2008 Interactivos: Vision Play; MediaLab-Prado, Spain
  • 2004 Triangle Artists’ Workshop; Brooklyn, New York
  • 2004 Paris Studio, Cité internationale des arts, Paris, France
  • 2004 Cité Cézanne à Pontoise, École nationale supérieure d’art de Cergy-Pontoise, France
  • 1984 Banff Centre of the Arts, Banff, Alberta
  • 1984 Professional training workshops, Paris, France

Public/ Private Commissions

  • 2000 “Place to Place”; On-site painting installation at the residence of a private art collector, Toronto, Ontario
  • 1995 Projet d’Intégration des arts à l’architecture; Ministry of Cultural Affairs, commissioned piece for École Saint-Patrice, Magog, Quebec
  • 1992 Projet d’intégration des arts à l’architecture; Ministry of Cultural Affair, commissioned piece for École Sainte-Cécile, Lac Mégantic, Quebec

Curatorial Projects

  • 2008 “Penance and Devotion”; Gareth Bate, Glendon Gallery, Glendon Campus, York University, Toronto, Ontario
  • 1992 “August and Portrait Oval”; John Armstrong and Ben Wamsley, Artcite, Windsor, Ontario
  • 1991 Valérie Gill and Barbara Claus; Mercer Union, Toronto, Ontario

Artist Talks

  • 2016 Spaces: Shaped |Reshaped |Transformed; School of Creative Arts, Windsor University, Windsor, Ontario (April 6)
  • 2016 Installation and Site Specific Practice; St-Mark School, King Clove, NL June 9, 2016
  • 2015 2015 “In Conversation”, The Latchman Gallery, Stouffville, Ontario, January 31, 2015
  • 2011 “Work in Progress”, Banff Art Centre, Banff, Alberta (March 23)
  • 2011 “Work in Progress”, CAMAC, Marnais sur Seine, France, (June 21)
  • 2011 “Le Monde dans la tête”; Guelph University, School of Fine Arts and Music, Studio Arts, Guelph, Ontario (Nov. 2011)
  • 2009 “Drawing in Contemporary Art Practice »; John B. Aird Gallery, McDonald Block, Toronto, Ontario.
  • 2008 “Interactivos : Vision Play”; Medialab-Prado, Madrid, Spain
  • 2008 Guelph University, 4th year drawing class, Guelph, Ontario
  • 2007 Galeria de Arte Universal, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
  • 2005 Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
  • 2005 Durham Art Gallery, Durham, Ontario
  • 2002 TV Interview; “Fou D’art”; Mega TFO, Toronto, Ontario
  • 2000 Collector’s Residence, Toronto, Ontario
  • 2000 Waterloo University, Waterloo, Ontario
  • 2000 Guelph University, Guelph, Ontario
  • 1998 Glendon Art Gallery, Glendon College, York University, North-York, Ontario
  • 1997 The Art Gallery of Peterborough, Peterborough, Ontario
  • 1996 “How the Painting Deserted the Easel”; Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario
  • 1994 Bravo Sud, Toronto, Ontario
  • 1994 Sheridan College, Oakville, Ontario
  • 1993 “Imaging the Urban”; Windsor Postcard Project, Windsor, Ontario
  • 1993 University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario
  • 1988 Language Plus, Alma, Quebec
  • 1988 K.A.A.I. Gallery, Kingston, Ontario
  • 1987 J. Zack Gallery, York University, Toronto, Ontario
  • 1987 University of Moncton, Moncton, New-Brunswick
  • 1987 University of Quebec at Montreal, Montreal, Quebec

Guest Lecturer

  • 2016 “Discussion Evening”; jurying process and the selected works for the Exhibition “Resonance”, The Latchman Gallery, Stouffville, Ontario (April 13)
  • 2009 “Cape Farewell Youth Expedition 2008,” Key Speaker at the CIS Independent Schools Visual Arts Conference, McMichael Gallery, Kleinberg, Ontario
  • 2009 “Drawing in Contemporary Art Practice,” John B. Aird Gallery, McDonald Block, Toronto, Ontario
  • 2003 Panellist; L’AGAF, National Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario
  • 2003 Guest Artist; Fourth year painting group, final critique, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario
  • 2003 “Drawing in Contemporary Art Practice,” John B. Aird Gallery, McDonald Block,Toronto, Ontario
  • 1992 “What is painting?”; University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario
  • 1991 “Painting in the 80’s”; University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario
  • 1990 “French Contemporary Art”; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario
  • 1989 “L’art de Borduas et les Automatistes”; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario


  • “Colette Laliberté | Traces du Mont Orford”; Blurb Publication. Artist book produced for the exhibition, Orford: Insular Territory, Geneviève Chevalier January 24-March 9, 2014
  • “The Culture of Climate Change” co-written with Larissa Kostoff, OCAD Sketch Magazine, Winter 2009

Awards/ Grants Selected

  • 2017, 2015, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2005, 2003, 2002, 2001, 1991 – 1997, 1989 – 1988
    Ontario Arts Council: Visual Art Grant – Mid Career, Established Artist Grant, Exhibition Assistance Grant
  • 2010, 2004, 1999, 1998, 1996, 1985, 1975
    Canada Council for the Arts: Travel Grant, Mid-Career Grant, Paris Studios Grant, C Grant, Project Cost Grant, Exhibition Grant, Research Grant
  • 2002 Sheridan College, Professional Development Grant
  • 1999 Toronto Arts Council, Visual Artists Grant
  • 1992 Ontario Grant Studies, Ministry of Education
  • 1992 University of Windsor, Ontario, Material Grant
  • 1991 Education’s Award for “Beyond the Museum” course, AGO, Art Galleries Ontario Association
  • 1990 Ministry of Culture and Communications, Ontario/Quebec Cultural Exchange Program Grant
  • 1990 Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Quebec, Accessibility Grant
  • 1984 First Prize ex aequo, “Hiver de force, Hommage à Réjean Ducharme”, Saint Jérôme, Quebec
  • 1973 Best in Print Making, “Les Amis de l’art”, U.Q.A.M., Quebec
  • 1972 Prize from Prime Minister, Quebec – Robert Bourassa


  • Public Collections: Canada Council Art Bank; Banque de prêts d’oeuvres d’art du Québec; Musée des Beaux-Arts de Sherbrooke; Toronto Dominion Bank; Dan Donovan Collection, Toronto
  • Private collections: Canada; France; Germany; Spain


  • 2016 Jury Member: The Latchman Gallery, Stouffville, Ontario; Group Exhibition Resonance, March 8
  • 2014 Jury Member; Grants to Visual Artists: Established, Ontario Arts Council
  • 2011 Jury Member; Fonds québécois de recherche; Société et Culture, funds allocation for “Post Doctorate Research-Creation, New Professors in Research – Creators and Support to Research-Creation, Montreal, Québec
  • 2010 Jury Member; Curatorial Program 2010-2011, Glendon Gallery, York University, North York, Ontario
  • 2009 Jury Member; 10th Drawing Show,” John B. Aird Gallery, McDonald Bloc, Toronto, Ontario
  • 2008 Jury Member; Curatorial Program, Glendon Gallery, North York, Ontario
  • 2004 Jury Member; Grants to Visual Artists: Senior, Ontario Arts Council
  • 2003 Jury Member; Grant to Visual artists: Emerging Level, Canada Arts Council, Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1998 Jury member; Scholarship for Best Female Painter, Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, Ontario
  • 1998 Jury member; “B” Grant, Manitoba Arts Council, Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1998 Jury member; group exhibition, Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff, Alberta


MFA University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario

B.F.A., University of Quebec at Montreal, Quebec

Professional Activity

  • 2004 – present Associate Professor, Faculty of Art, Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, Ontario