"My desire is to create art with positive imagery, capable of communicating the joy of life to the viewer."
once stated that in sculpturing there is an "unspoken pact" between him and the act.
He is an outstanding sculptor.
Born in 1951 in Long Island, New York, Liardi obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Syracuse University and a post-graduate degree at L'Ecole des Beaux Arts, Geneva, Switzerland.
It was during this time that his
sculptures changed from a minimal, clean surfaced, machine-like style to a more spontaneous, emotive look with elongated proportions and a clear sense of humor.
He received his Degree de Perfection, and stayed in Europe for two more years.
During this time he
studied, taught and exhibited under the encouragement of architect Pascal Hauserman.
then returned to Canada in 1979 and became a Canadian citizen and also won first prize for his
work "La Danse", in the "Sculpture for the 80's" exhibition put on by the McMichael Collection.
In 1980 he
was elected a member of the Sculptor's Society of Canada.
During 1980-81, Liardi
gave workshops and lectures at Queen's University
of Kingston, Ontario.
received important recognition in 1982 when the Gairdner Foundation
commissioned him to sculpture "Le Coeur", an award presented for outstanding achievement in Medical Sciences.
This leading sculptor has exhibited his
work throughout North America and Europe and is represented by fine art galleries around the world.
uses both human and animal forms, celebrating the expressive spirit of both through movement.
exaggerates the key elements of the human form, elongating the outstretched limbs in exuberant, joyous expression and combines these elements with realistic, delicate detail.