Simon Belleau

Taking an animist approach to the material world, Belleau's work borrows from the tropes of theatre and cinematography, using such diverse media as sculpture, installation, painting, and video. The mechanisms that define theatre and politics are often catalysts in the work, with a particular interest in the dramaturgic negotiations that occur between the visible realm of the spectacle and the hidden partitions of the backstage. Historical texts, places, screenplays, and events often function as starting points from which the projects further explore the philosophical implications of narration, translation, montage and time.

Simon Belleau’s studio was sponsored by the generous support of the Audain Foundation in 2019-2020.




Belleau holds a BFA in Studio Arts & Art History from Concordia University, and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He was a Prix Pierre-Ayot finalist in 2018, and he was awarded the Prix Jeune Tête d'Affiche from Centre Dazibao in 2016. From 2015 to 2017, he co-directed the alternative exhibition space jeux d'été in Chicago. He is also one of the leading members of the alternative space in Montreal.

Recent exhibitions


[TBT], solo show, AXENÉO7, Gatineau, QC

Everything Merges, Emerges, then Fades Again, Group show, Fonderie Darling (Place Publique), Montreal 

COMÉDIE, solo show, Cassandra Cassandra gallery, Toronto, ON
La Machine Qui Enseignait Des Airs Aux Oiseaux, group show, Musée d'art Contemporain de Montréal, Montreal

Champs Élysées, Solo exhibition at Parisian Laundry gallery, Montréal

May West, Group show at Vicki, Newburgh NY, USA 

Chicago Invitational Art Fair, Presented by NADA
Parasian Laundry, Chicago (IL)


Laboratorio Aperto, group show, Asilo Sant’Elia, Fondazione Antonio Ratti, Como Lake (IT)
Du Côté de chez Soon, group show, Galerie René Blouin, Montreal
In practice: Another echo, group show, Sculpture Center, New York (US)
When things become thoughts: a sinkhole in my terraformed mind, group show, MAW Gallery, New York (US)


Bronze près d’or entendit les fersabots, cliquetacier, Raising Cattle, Montreal
Minimal(ist) efforts, group show, Angel Gallery, Toronto, ON
Glimmergate, group show and publication, Marsèlleria Gallery, New York (US)
Indice Éternité II, group show, Ottawa School of Art Gallery, Ottawa, ON
Cas d’absence, group show, Regart, Lévis, QC


SOIF, Optica centre d’art contemporain, Montreal
La Vie d'Ange, group show, VIE D’ANGE, Montreal
INDEX, group show, Gallery 295, Vancouver, BC