Of Denesuline and Saulteaux descent, Alexandre Simeon Janvier was born in 1935 on the Le Goff Reserve in Alberta, where he had a traditional upbringing speaking the Dene language. At the age of eight, he became a pupil at the Blue Quills Indian Residential School, where he was encouraged to pursue art.
A prolific artist for over 50 years, Janvier has devoted himself to the development of Indigenous art as an artist, activist, educator, and government consultant. Celebrated and honoured on many occasions, Janvier received a National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002 and was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 2007
Alex Janvier has produced thousands of paintings and continues to paint in his home and studio in Cold Lake, Alberta.