Born in Huntsville, Ontario, 24 December 1940
“Foremost I am interested in creativity itself, in the process of invention, and, then, in how it forms in a material expression”
Murray Favro has been one of Canada’s most distinctive and influential artists. His multi-disciplinary practice has yielded a significant body of work that includes drawing, sculpture, performance and installation, often incorporating slide and film projections, lighting effects, computer and electronic technology.
Favro moved to London as a teenager and is an important figure among a significant generation of artists – Jack Chambers, Greg Curnoe and Ron Martin among them – who became active in that city in the early 1960s and drew national attention as the London Regionalist School of artists. He is also well known as a founding member of the Nihilist Spasm Band, which was crucial to the development of his artistic approach.
His work is represented in every major public collection in Canada, and has been exhibited widely in Canada and abroad for the past five decades. He is the winner of the 2007 Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts.