Kenneth Lavallee is of Metis descent, and lives and works in Winnipeg, Manitoba (Treaty 1 territory and birthplace of the Metis Nation). He attended the University of Manitoba and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2008. Kenneth has begun to create work that is directly influenced by his environment, specifically his city, beginning in 2013 with the painting of three large-scale graphic murals responding to the architecture and art of the historic Exchange District (Winnipeg, MB). Since then he has initiated an annual community mural painting project around the city’s core areas honouring people affected by missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. The Star Blanket Project has recently completed its fifth iteration, painting the entire exterior of the Helen Betty Osborne Building at the University of Winnipeg campus in the summer of 2018.
Kenneth also completed his first permanent art sculpture in the fall of 2018, a part of the Winnipeg Art Council’s Indigenous Artist’s Project at Air Canada Park in downtown Winnipeg. An ode to the traditional Metis jig, the 12 foot tall sculpture titled, The Square Dancers bold visual design hopes to engage viewers at all times of the year with its ever shifting light, colour and shadow effects, which will forever proudly dance at the heart of the city. Kenneth has also had a solo show at the Kelowna Art Gallery titled Man and Nature and more recently was a part of the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s largest contemporary Indigenous show, Insurgence/Resurgence in 2017. His five-story piece, Creation Story, was hung over the exterior façade of the WAG for 8 months.
Kenneth is currently working on a large-scale public art project in downtown Toronto, designing public art and features for a new city park dedicated to a local Indigenous Elder, Dr. Lillian McGregor. The 1.1 million dollar project is aiming for completion in fall 2019.