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Memorable Manitobans: Giorgio “George” Barone (1916-1992)


Born in Italy in 1916, he came to Winnipeg with his family in 1951, after spending ten years as a sculptor at Rome’s School of Arts. After designing plaques and figurines for a local firm and working for several years as a set designer with CBC television, he set off on his own as a sculptor. He was responsible for several monuments around Manitoba. He developed a technique for creating statues using steel rods, air-filled foam, fibreglass cloth, and colour-impregnated resin that could withstand the Canadian climate. He also worked in wood and marble. In 1970, he was awarded a Manitoba Centennial Medal by the Manitoba Historical Society.

He and wife Maria Diana “Marina” Mauro (1918-2008) had two sons and a daughter, including Ermanno Barone (1941-2014), and lived at 117 Victoria Avenue East in Transcona. They moved to Kelowna, British Columbia in 1980 and he died there on 7 December 1992. He is commemorated by George Barone Bay in Winnipeg.

Some of his works in Manitoba included:





White Horse Monument

RM of St. Francois Xavier



Giant Viking Statue

Gimli, RM of Gimli



Hi Neighbour Sam

Regent Avenue West, Winnipeg



Tommy the Turtle

Boissevain, Municipality of Boissevain-Morton



Alpine Archie

McCreary, Municipality of McCreary



Sara the Camel

Glenboro, Municipality of Glenboro-South Cypress



Sharptail Grouse

Ashern, Municipality of West Interlake



The Miner Monument

Mystery Lake Road, Thompson




“Italian-Canadian artist paints crucifixion tableau,” Winnipeg Free Press, 14 October 1953, page 4.

“Classical sculptor shapes sand on Winnipeg Beach,” Winnipeg Free Press, 9 September 1961, page 70.

“New medium tops all says Winnipeg artist,” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 July 1966, page 10.

“Sculptor Barone, 78, near death,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 September 1992, page 40.

“Noted sculptor left mark on Manitoba,” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 December 1992, page 1.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Obituary [Mmaria Diana Barone], The Desert Sun, 30 September 2008.

Obituary [Ermanno Barone], The Desert Sun, 15-17 February 2014.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 24 September 2021

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