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.
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.
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. In 2018 he was made Officer of the National Order of Quebec; in 2021, Commander of the Order of Montreal; in 2022, he received the Samuel de Champlain Prize.
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).