Michel Goulet, Quebec artist and sculptor born in 1944, lives and works in Montreal. In the Canadian cultural milieu, he is considered one of the outstanding sculptors of his generation. His works can be found in many important public and private collections, and in 2004, they were the subject of a large retrospective exhibition at the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal. He also presented a major exhibition at the CIAC in 1997.
Recognized for his indisputable contribution to public art, Goulet has created more than forty permanently installed works. In 1990, he produced a work for the Doris Freedman Plaza, Central Park, New York and that same year, the Ville de Montréal commissioned a monumental work that has become a seminal work of public art. His works can be found in such places as Havre (1 st Biennale du Havre), at the heart of a public square in Montréal, on Belvédère Abbé Larue in Lyon, along the central path of an urban park in Quebec City, in downtown Toronto or on the beaches by the sea in Vancouver. He also has collaborated with poets of the French-speaking world, bring together their texts with those of Arthur Rimbaud for a permanent sculptural installation in Charleville-Mézières, the poet's birth place and two years later, he created similar work to honour Henri Michaux, installing them in ten or so places in the city and province of Namur in Belgium.
In March 2016, on the occasion of the Printemps des Poètes, he created a permanent artwork in the gardens of the Palais-Royal for the Centre des monuments nationaux (CMN). Les confidents, created in complicity with François Massut, is composed of ten poetic causeries that allowed him to reinterpret the Palais-Royale’s historical chairs, those typical of a Parisian garden setting. Then, a book of images was published in which 70 writers, of every possible origin, wrote their comments about this unifying project. Two years later, at the CMN’s request, he and his accomplice François Massut inaugurated Dentelles d’Éternité, 18 poem-benches that are placed along the Colette and Cocteau pathways.
In 1988, he represented Canada at the Venice Biennale and in 1990, he received the Prix Paul-Émile-Borduas, the Quebec Government's highest distinction given to a visual artist. In 2008, he was presented a Governor General's Award in recognition of his exceptional career. In 2010, the University of Sherbrooke, awarded him an honorary doctorate. Recently in 2012, he was named a Member of the Order of Canada and recently in 2018, he is made Officer of the National Order of Quebec.
Numerous prizes also highlight his significant contribution to scenography. In 1993, he created his first work at the invitation of Denis Marleau of Théâtre UBU. Since then, he has conceived of many major set designs for theatre and opera with Marleau. He has also worked with directors Lorraine Pintal (Chants Libres, Théâtre du Nouveau Monde) and Gilles Maheu (Carbone 14).