Bruno Canadien

Bruno Canadien
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Bruno’s work is primarily focused on addressing issues surrounding the intersection of First Nation/Tribal sovereignty, resource exploitation and environmental concerns. His work strives to reflect his personal visual history within the larger complex and blended North American history, from aboriginal Plains and Dene visual traditions, to Modernism, to mass media, to powwow. Bruno uses collage, painting, drawing and adornment to present evidence of contemporary Indigenous presence.

His most recent work belies the concern aboriginal communities in western Canada and the U.S. have for their territories, including wildlife, in the face of aggressive oil and gas exploration and extraction. As a member of a northern First Nation (Deh Gah Got’??é K????, Deh Cho Region) and a resident of Alberta, this issue carries personal resonance for Bruno, especially in regards to the effects of the Athabasca Tarsands development, which is located within the MacKenzie/Peace watershed, upstream from his home community of Fort Providence.

Bruno received formal training at the Alberta College of Art and Design where he graduated from the four year painting program in 1993. He has participated in various exhibitions and his work can be found in international and domestic collections. He now lives in Black Diamond, Alberta.

 

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