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Quebec artist Michel de Broin is the 2007 winner of the $50,000 Sobey Art Award.

De Broin, 37, lives and works in Montreal and Berlin.

He is represented by Galerie Pierre-Francois Ouellette Art Contemporain and was selected from among five shortlisted candidates from across Canada.

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The jury panel for the award says de Broin's work "raises questions of the body and society while engaging sculptural tradition."

The panel describes it as "highly individual, inventive and original."

The Sobey Art award, announced Monday in Halifax, goes to contemporary artists under 40 years of age who have shown work in a public of commercial art gallery within 18 months of being nominated.

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