Léon Rivard, artiste-peintre
1385, ch. William Malo, Ste-Mélanie
(Québec) Canada, J0K 3A0
Téléphone et télécopieur : (450) 889-5610
e-mail : leon.rivard@sympatico.ca

Canadian painter Pierre-Léon Rivard was born in Montreal on June 4, 1947. He began painting at the early age of 12, his talent soon catching the eye of painter Georges Widiez who helped him perfect his technique.

In the late 1960s, after obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree, a teaching certificate and a Bachelor of Education degree, Léon took on the position of teacher at a public school while continuing to pursue his passion-painting. In 1975, he gave up his teaching post to open his own painting school, where he has been sharing his experience and love of painting with hundreds of students for more than two decades.

Over the years, Léon has had numerous showings, not only in Montreal but throughout the province of Quebec. In 1982, his exhibitions took him to Switzerland where he was warmly welcomed and where he has had many showings since.

Today Léon continues to teach and exhibit his works, while pursuing his never-ending quest for beauty and light in his paintings.

Major exhibitions
1976Group exhibition at the Mount Royal Centre for the Arts in Montreal.
1983Solo exhibition at the Head Office of the Swiss Credit Bank in Zurich, Switzerland
1984Solo exhibition at Centre Culturel de Lachute, Lachute.
1985Solo exhibition at the Royal Bank of Canada in Geneva, Switzerland.
1985Selection of two of the artist's works for the “Seetal” International Biennial in Meisterschwanden, Switzerland.
1985Group exhibition at the Swiss Bank Corporation in Toronto.
1986Solo exhibition at gallery Max Boucher, Joliette.
1988Unveiling of a painting commissioned by the International Olympic Committee on the occasion of the World Curling Championship in Lausanne, Switzerland, and solo exhibition at the Malley Centre.
1989Solo exhibition at Mecanic Art Museum of Ste-Croix, Switzerland.
1990One of the selected artists for the Agenda International Paper Domtar Canada in Montreal and Toronto.
1992Group exhibition at Galerie Hérouet in Paris, France.
1992Solo exhibition at for the French Group ISBI, Paris, France.
1993Participation at the International Biennial of Paris in Paris, France.
1993The artist is awarded the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada by the Governor General of Canada.
1993Solo exhibition at La Grappe d'or in Lausanne, Switzerland.
1994Solo exhibition, Kantonsschild, Gempenach, Switzerland.
1995The painting “La Route des Glaces” is use for the label of the prestigious Riesling Ice Wine 1985 of Domaine Lucien Albretch, Alsace, France.
1996Solo exhibition,cave from XVII century at Domaine Albretch, Orschwihr, Alsace.
1998Solo exhibition, Gallerie Ramseier, Berne, Switzerland.
1999Solo exhibition, Centre de Loisirs des Franches-Montagnes, Saignelégier, Switzerland.
2000Solo exhibition at Swissair, Geneva, Switzerland.
2001Solo exhibition at CIMA,Lausanne, Switzerland.
2001Solo exhibition at CJRC, Le Noirmont, Switzerland.