Réal Bérard

Studies

Born at the Rivière-aux-Rats, in south-east Manitoba, in 1935, Réal Bérard, son of Antoine Bérard and Léonna Hébert. After completing his schooling in the Rivière-aux-Rats, Réal Bérard studied in Saint-Boniface and Winnipeg before specializing in fine arts at the «l’École des beaux-arts de Montréal» and at the University of Manitoba. After graduating, he apprenticed in Mexico with reknowned muralist, José Gutiérrez, and then accepted a position as illustrator in the Parks Department of the Ministry of Tourirsm, Recreation and Cultural Affairs of Manitoba. In Mexico, he met and married Eva Navarrete.

Works

Réal Bérard’s illustrations have appeared in numerous magazines, newspapers, books and other publications, and he has created many posters and logos. He has also distinguished himself as a sculptor and painter who is equally at ease with watercolour, acrylic and oils, print making and collage, wood and snow carving and papier mâché.

Awards

His original artworks have been exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions within Manitoba, and are represented in both public and private collections throughout Canada and abroad. His work has been awarded medals by the Art Director’s Club of Winnipeg and the Manitoba Historical and Scientific Society. Recent honours include «le prix Saint-Éxupéry»and «le prix Riel», as well as a number of awards for his animated film «Jours de plaine». He has also garnered many awards of excellence for his snow sculptures, placing first time and again at national and international snow sculpture competitions.

Inspiration

The creation of Réal Bérard’s artworks begins far from the studio. It begins on his travels, a spirit of adventure leading him to explore his dear Manitoba first-hand. Armed with compass, sketchbook and pencil, he heads off – charting his course, taking visual notes and collecting all manner of objects along the way. Herein lies the source of inspiration for his artwork, in the discovery of new landscapes, of wildlife, of native legends and customs. Back at home again, with a wealth of material to draw upon, Réal Bérard sets to work at creating artworks which reflect the romance of a tradional way of life.

Today

Since he left the Ministry of Tourism in 1990, he devotes himself to illustrating canoe trails.

A «Bérard», a Cayouche, a «Jour de plaine»,a sculpture, an illustration…