Don Li-Leger

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Don Li-Leger
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Died26 April 2019
Alma mater
  • Vancouver School of Art
  • Simon Fraser University
  • Banff Centre School of Fine Arts
  • Painter
  • Videographer
  • Environmental arts organizer
Spouse(s)Cora Li-Leger
  • Honoured as Surrey Civic Treasures
  • Social Innovation Award

Don Li-Leger was a Canadian painter, videographer, and environmental arts organizer from South Surrey, British Columbia, Canada.[1]. His early work is characterized by realistic portrayal of wildlife.[2][3] His more recent work focused on abstract oil painting. He died on April 26, 2019.[4]

Don and his wife Cora Li-Leger, were honoured as Surrey Civic Treasures in 2015,[5] and they won the 2018 Social Innovation Award for Innovation in Community with their project, the Plot.[6][7]

He regularly collaborated with artist and curator, Zheng Shengtian, on several projects.[8] Notably in 2014, they produced a 43 minute video interview of the artist Ai Weiwei.[9]

Li-Leger Trained at Vancouver School of Art, Simon Fraser University, and the Banff Centre School of Fine Arts (Alberta, Canada).[3]

His paintings and videography have been exhibited at Surrey Art Gallery [10], the Belkin Art Gallery[11] in Vancouver, British Columbia.


  1. "Inside/Out: Convergences of Practice and Community". Sofia Collective.
  2. "Don Li-Leger - Biography".
  3. 3.0 3.1 Prokop, Carol (2004). Don Li-Leger: Great Blue Heron. Surrey Art Gallery. p. 9.
  4. "South Surrey Artist Remembered as 'gentle genius'". Peace Arch News. May 6, 2019.
  5. "Surrey Civic Treasures Recipients: Don and Cora Li-Leger".
  6. "The PLOT thickens at a new 'community sharing garden' in Newton". Surrey Now-Leader. June 2, 2016.
  7. "Surrey Announces Winners of Inagural Social Innovation Awards". City of Surrey.
  8. "Heart to Heart: An Interview Project with Chinese Artists". R Space Gallery.
  9. Biennale, Vancouver (December 8, 2014). "Ai Weiwei Talks About His Father In Exile" – via Vimeo.
  10. Surrey, City of. "Don Li-Leger: Counting the Steps to the Sun".
  11. "Ai Weiwei: New York Photographs 1983-1993". Belkin Art Gallery.

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