Originally from Saguenay, Marcellin Dufour was hooked by art from an early age.
His artistic journey includes brief studies at the École des Beaux-Arts in Montreal. John Barrett, his teacher, will direct him and help him start his career in the art world. Marcellin Dufour began his artistic career with figurative art. At the beginning of the 80s, he leaned towards rather abstract modern art, judging his figurative career amply explored. His work is thus divided into 2 main parts, the figurative and the abstract.
His first exhibition took place in 1966, and for more than 30 years Marcellin Dufour participated in several exhibitions in Quebec and Europe. During the 90s, Marcellin Dufour exhibited several times in Europe, particularly in Switzerland.
His artistic career includes participation in several radio and television programs. He also created illustrations to accompany a series of poems by Félix Leclerc. A book on the whole work of Marcellin Dufour was published in 1995, the same year when the artist decided to take a break from art. It was only in 2009 during an exhibition in Valcourt, tracing Marcellin Dufour's entire career, that new creations were unveiled to the public to demonstrate his return to the art world.
His work is included in numerous public and private collections across Canada and in Europe.