Michel Goulet lives and works in Montreal. During his career in the arts, his work has been part of many important exhibitions in prestigious venues in Canada and abroad. His work can also be found in public and private collections. In 1988, he represented Canada at La Biennale di Venezia, the most important contemporary art event in the world. In 1990 he received the Paul-Émile Borduas Award, the highest prize for visual arts in Quebec.
In 1997, the CIAC (the Centre international d'art contemporain in Montreal) welcomed Michel Goulet with an exhibition of his major work, Un signe de la main, with Gilles Daigneault as the curator. In 2004, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, with curator Josée Bélisle, held a solo exhibition: Part de vie, part de jeu. In 2006, he was invited by Claude Gosselin to participate in the first Biennale de Montréal and was also the guest of honour at the Biennale nationale de sculpture contemporaine in Trois-Rivières.
Known locally and internationally for his contribution to public art, he has created over sixty permanent pieces during his career. In 1990, he was the first Canadian artist to be invited by the Public Art Fund to show one of his pieces on the Doris C. Freedman Plaza in New York; and, in the same year, the City of Montreal commissioned a monumental sculpture, Les Leçons singulières, an important public piece for Place Roy and the belvedere of the Lafontaine Park. He recently created, in collaboration, a major public piece for the Belvédère Abbé Larue in Lyon (France), a permanent piece for downtown Toronto, and an in situ piece on Sunset Beach in Vancouver for the Open Spaces event. He has also participated in Artefact 2004:Sculptures urbaines (Le beau côté) and recently created two remarkable projects in Montreal, one for a roundabout on Nun’s Island (Le carrousel de l’île) and the other for the International Quarter (Tables) near the old port.
Many awards, such as two Masques from the Quebec Academy of Theatre (1994 and 1999), bear witness to Michel Goulet’s contribution to the world of theatre.