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Leslie Sasaki

Les Sasaki

Faculty, Art Fundamentals

Program Area: Material Arts and Design


Contact Info: Ext. 2033


Advertising Art from Red River Community College, Winnipeg, Manitoba; BFA Honours from the University of Manitoba; MFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (now known as NSCAD University)


Courses Taught

Leslie Sasaki has taught all levels of Drawing  and  Painting at the post-secondary level. He has particularly concentrated on Foundation Drawing and 2D Design.



Leslie Sasaki is a Sansei Japanese Canadian artist who was born in Winnipeg , Manitoba.  Artistic influences started early; his father being a sign-painter and his mother an advocate of art and drawing from an early age.

Mr. Sasaki completed studies at  Red River Community College after which he worked as a designer for Foster Advertising. He then attended the Lemoine Fitzgerald School of Art at the University of Manitoba and soon after became a drawing instructor at the university .

Mr. Sasaki then moved east to do his Graduate Studies at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. There he studied painting and developed his commitment to teaching while working with faculty such as John Clark, Ron Shuebrook, Gerald Ferguson and Garry Kennedy. One of many highlights from his time at NSCAD was facilitating a visit by Canadian Painter Jack Shadbolt to the College.

Over the duration of a twenty-five year teaching career Mr. Sasaki has taught at the University of Victoria, the University of Manitoba, NSCAD and Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. He spent eighteen years at the latter devoting much of his time to the development of Foundation  Studies .

Parallel to his teaching Mr. Sasaki has exhibited painting and drawing at commercial and university galleries throughout Canada.  His works can be found in the collections of the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the Canada Council Art Bank, Dalhousie University Art Gallery, the Province of Nova Scotia Art Bank, and The Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador  (The Rooms).