Aristide Gagnon was born in the Matapédia Valley. Born in 1931, he moves to Quebec City in 1948. He studies at the École des Beaux-Arts from 1952 until 1956. He earns a salary by selling his first paintings, starting as low as 10 $ at the time. In 1958, he wins the first price for his paintings while he participates at the Concours National du Québec. This price is the beginning of a very successful career. From 1960, the Zanettin art gallery in Quebec represents his work, as those of successful painters like Jean-Paul Lemieux and Albert Rousseau.
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The primary work of Gagnon is mostly figurative, while it tends more to abstraction around 1967. In 1970, he discovers the joy of the medium of sculpture, which leads him to acquire his own foundry.
A retrospective of his whole career is made by the Centre culturel Yvonne Bombardier in 2010. It is possible to admire few of his art pieces in the Quebec Parliament. Moreover, many other pieces are kept in private as well public collections in Quebec, Canada, through Europe and United States as well.