Born on 28 February 1935 in Le Goff Reserve, Cold Lake Indian Reserve (now Cold Lake First Nations), Alberta, Janvier has made an enormous contribution to art in Canada, and his long and prolific career has added much to the cultural fabric of the nation. A Member of the Order of Canada, Alberta Order of Excellence and Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts, he has achieved a level of success that is exemplified by the sheer number of his works, awards and important commissions. Heavily collected in his home province of Alberta, the artist’s works can be found in galleries and private collections across Canada, and have been purchased by collectors around the world. Janvier’s paintings have had international exposure since the very beginning of his career, when he won a prize in an exhibition at the Vatican in Rome in 1950. International audiences admired his mural for the Indians of Canada Pavilion at Expo 67 in Montreal as well as his works shown at solo and group exhibitions since the 1970s in Canada and in other countries such as Belgium, China, France, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden and the USA.
Excerpt taken from National Gallery of Canada website, www.gallery.ca