Sofia (Sophie Lebeuf)

"Human expression looms through the shape of the animal body. These are interesting analogies that allow allegories for human and animal relationships (...). With this visual poetry, I can use painting as a form of expression to convey the subtle thoughts inhabiting me and to life itself by adding motion, curvature, volume and rhythm (...)." – Sofia
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Sophie Lebeuf was born in Chicoutimi and studied interdisciplinary visual art at the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, enabling her to explore several media and to experiment with incorporating bauxite into her paintings. Noteworthy encounters with Angémil Ouellet, Paul Laforest, Jérémie Giles and Jean-Paul Lapointe, who became a true mentor, were decisive for her artistic path. Her work has been shown in Canada, Belgium and France, particularly in art galleries and as part of major thematic events.

Since 2003, Lebeuf’s work has been the subject of nearly a dozen solo exhibitions and been included in nearly forty group shows. Her work can be found in major collections such as those of Arsenal Média and Rio Tinto Alcan in Montreal. Other works are on permanent display in various public spaces in Saguenay.

This multidisciplinary artist has been the recipient of several grants, awards and distinctions over the course of her career. Her work, signed Sofia, is on permanent exhibition at the Galerie du Vieux Saint-Jean in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu and at Galerie-5 in Jonquière, which is both an exhibition venue and a studio, enabling her to offer introductory and other artistic workshops to a broad public.

Artist’s statement

Acrylic paint has always been Sophie Lebeuf’s preferred medium. Very early on she explored the idea of incorporating bauxite, the principal ore in aluminum, into her work as a pigment. After several experiments to test bauxite’s sturdiness and its reaction to light, cold, heat and humidity on a variety of canvases and papers, she created a palette of colours deliberately limited in red oxide and blue cobalt. This experimentation, which underpins her entire body of work, made it possible for her to stand out by using an ore whose colour predominates in Saguenay, with its aluminum industry in particular. It is a way to record her belonging there.

Because her love of horses developed at the same time as her passion for painting, it was clear that horses would be her preferred theme. From 1997 to 2002 she created a series, part-way between hyperrealism and phantasmagoria, whose orangey-red tone brings a peculiar light to the colouration animating the drawing while enhancing the atmosphere.

The colours and the pigment, with its grain, shape the forms by leaving space for light while giving off a powerful sense of mystery. This is how Lebeuf’s conceptual work comes to life, with the relations between its masses and its contrasts, organised around fragility and strength, sensitivity and power, thereby suggesting an approach for reading each work. Her subsequent series of paintings, illustrating the metal and its transformation by human intervention, is another fine example. The same is true of the series Animaux et crânes, Expression dansée and Coke et bauxite.


Professional training

2002Université du Québec à Chicoutimi – Diploma, Interdisciplinary Visual Art
1994Cégep de Jonquière -Junior College Certificate, Interior Design

Gallery representation

2019Galerie-5, Jonquière (Canada)
2015Galerie du Vieux St-Jean, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu (Canada)
2003 – 2018Galerie d’art Jacques Lacroix, Chicoutimi (Canada)

Public collections (Quebec)

2022Arsenal-Média, Montreal
2022Rio Tinto Alcan, Montreal
2015Technosoude Inc., Jonquière
2010Clinique de médecine générale, Jonquière
2006Théâtre du Palais Municipal de La Baie
Several works are found in private collections.

Solo exhibitions (Canada)

2023La bauxite au cœur de l’art, Rio Tinto port facilities, La Baie
2022Coke et Bauxite, Galerie-5, Jonquière
2018Allégorie, Galerie du Vieux Saint-Jean, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
2016Rétrospective, CGI, Saguenay
2014Parad’Horse, Laoun, Saint-Denis St., Montreal
2014Paradoxe, Galerie Art-0, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
2011Rétrospective, Rio Tinto Alcan global headquarters, Montreal

Group exhibitions (since 2004)

2023Signature – collective exhibition, Odyssée des Bâtisseurs, Alma
2023Proprement sale, artists’ collective, Galerie-5, Jonquière
2023Signature – art contemporain, Galerie-5, Jonquière
2023Inspirations féminines, Galerie du Vieux St-Jean, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
2023Sémantique, Galerie-5, Jonquière
2022Syncope, Galerie-5, Jonquière
2019Mondes imaginaires, thematic exhibition – Espace contemporain, Quebec City
2019With the collective Bronze, Art et Fusion – Centre des loisirs, Inverness
2019Internation’Art, 9th edition, Georges-Henri-Lévesque library, Roberval
2018Bestiaire, thematic exhibition – Espace contemporain, Quebec City
2017Deux temps… Deux mouvements, Galerie Loft Gisèle Boulianne, Quebec City
2015Cat show, Galerie du Vieux Saint-Jean, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
2014Sofia & Mika, duo, Galerie Art-O, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
2014Sept femmes/sept passions, Galerie Espace, Plateau Mont-Royal, Montreal
2012Galerie du Presbytère, Berre-les-Alpes, France
2012Exposition Internationale de Jean-Paul Lapointe – Chicoutimi
2011Exhibition, Galerie Espace, Plateau Mont-Royal, Montreal
2010Exhibition, Georges-Henri-Lévesque library, Roberval
2008International Exhibition, Brouage, France
2008International Exhibition, Halle-aux-Draps, Belgium
2004 to 2021Rencontre des Arts, Dextraze pavilion on the Royal Military College, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
2004 to 2012Rendez-vous des artistes, Saint-Léonard, New Brunswick

Creations and projects (Québec)

2021Fresco, History Corridor at the Rio Tinto port facilities, La Baie
2014Fresco, Jonquière public library
2010Large formats on the theme of sports, Le Stade, Jonquière
2008Fresco, Hydro-Québec, Brisé and LG4, James Bay
2006Fresco Thérèse et Jos, balcony refurbishment at the Théâtre du Palais Municipal, La Baie
2005Fresco, Le Deauville, Chicoutimi
2003Fresco, Hydro-Québec, LA1, James Bay

Awards and distinctions

2023Honorary President, 10th Symposium d’art contemporain de Rivière-Éternité (Québec)
2023Honorary Mention, Mondial Art Academia (juried)
2021Mention and distinction in painting, Rencontre des Arts de Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu (juried)
2021Silver Medal, Académie des Arts Sciences et Lettres de Paris (juried)
2019Chevalier académicienne, Mondial Art Academia (juried)
2018Award for excellence in portraiture for the work « Dreamcatcher », 6th edition Grande compétition internationale d’œuvres d’art, Césure (juried)
2016Certificate, Gala Reconnaissance CNE, Centre national d’exposition de Jonquière
2016Bronze Medal, Académie des Arts Sciences et Lettres de Paris (juried)
2016Selected by a jury of peers for the Salon des artistes du monde with the association Com2Art, Salon du Vieux Port, Cannes
2015Selected by a jury of peers for the Salon SNBA, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris

Press kit (non-exhaustive)

Print press and art magazines

  • Le Quotidien, Progrès-Dimanche, Le Nouvelle Hebdo, Le Lac Saint-Jean, Le Plein Jour, Le Manic; AL13 le magazine de l’aluminium, Magasin’art, etc.

Radio / Television and Multimedia

  • ICI Radio-Canada; MaTV; NousTV; TVA; Podcast ArtZoom, Art Total Multimédia.

Documentary Film

  • Bâtisseurs d’hier à demain, for the 85th anniversary of the Rio Tinto Vaudreuil plant

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