Leon Bellefleur was born in Montreal in 1910. At the age of 10 he was already an accomplished artist. His parents encourage him to be a teacher but his passion for art and print making never was far away. He taught elementary school for 25 years.
After retiring from teaching in in 1954 he went to Paris on a Canada Council Grant and was very heavily influenced by Paul Klee, Wassily kandinsky, and other surrealists. Appel, Miro, were influencers. In the early 50’s he exhibited with the Cobra Group in Belgium. In 1953 he became one of the Quebec Automatistes.
Bellefleur is a member of The Royal Academy of Arts and his works are held in many private and museum collections world wide. He died in Montreal in 2007.