Roland Poulin was born in 1940 in Saint Thomas, Ontario. His family moved to Montreal in 1944. He has lived in Saine-Angèle-de-Monnoir (Québec) since 1986. He studied at l’École des beaux-arts de Montréal from 1964 to 1969. In 1975, he designed Parachute magazine’s graphic identity. He has taught at Université Laval in Quebec City (1973 – 1981) and in the Visual Arts department at the University of Ottawa (1987 – 2005).
Roland Poulin has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards: the Canadian Governor General’s Award for the Visual Arts (2005), the Quebec’s Government’s Prix Paul-Émile-Borduas (2001), the Toronto Chalmers Foundation’s Jean-A. Chalmers Prize (1998), the Canada Arts Council Victor-Martyn-Lynch-Staunton prize (1996) and the Fondation Émile-Nelligan’s POzias-Leduc prize (1992).
“I am concerned with working the horizontal plane, to integrate it as a part of the work. My sculptures seem to be emerging from or sinking in the ground. This ground is no longer a neutral space: it is a space shared by both the sculpture and the spectator.”