Born: 1974, in Timmins, Ont.
Paul Bruneau is a full-blood Ojibway native and a member of the Mattagami First Nations Reserve. He and his brother were adopted by Gaetan Bruneau and Nancy Command in 1984 and raised on a small farm in Ferguson’s Falls. Paul Bruneau is very proud of his native heritage and his adoptive parents always encouraged him in keeping his native heritage and traditions alive.Bruneau is an accomplished native dancer and attends ceremonies and pow wows to participate and perform in costumes he made himself. He excels in carving animals, people as well as abstract pieces. He works with serpentine, marble, soapstone, ivory and deer and moose antler. His Art has been sold all over the world in Italy, Germany, the United States, the Bahamas and Mexico Australia and Denmark.
Paul Bruneau: “My culture has a huge impact on my Art, and I try to bring as much of it as I can to each thing I create. I prepare the cleansing ceremonies that involve the burning of sage and sweet grass. I am also a men’s traditional dancer and participate and perform in intricately detailed regalia that I have made myself. Dancing is something I truly love and enjoy, It takes a lot of energy and I get a great sense of happiness when I perform for others. It’s very inspiring”.