Denise Préfontaine lives in Winnipeg, Canada where she creates artworks and sculptural installations featuring the beauty of colour and light. She excels at creating art for a specific site or context, where her background in architectural design enables her to create fully-integrated artworks. Each project is an exciting opportunity to create an artwork that captures the unique features inherent in the situation and is tailored to its physical setting. Writing is an important part of her practice, as is her interest in public engagement. Her experience as a curator and art educator enrich her approach to creating collaborative and participatory art projects, where she succeeds in drawing the public into the creative process while promoting arts development and building community capital.
Denise graduated with honours from the Faculty of Architecture, University of Manitoba in 1984 (Bachelor of Interior Design), going on to work as a designer-maker, art educator, and curator before bringing all of these experiences together in her work as a public artist. She has received many awards and grants for her work and has been commissioned to create a range of public art projects. Her work has been exhibited across Canada and is represented in public and private collections.