“I am here today because there was one seal that saved my family from starvation”

Ruben Anton Komangapik
Ruben Anton Komangapik is an Inuit jeweller, sculptor, carver, metalworker, performing artist, and musician. Growing up in Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet), Nunavut, Ruben absorbed traditional Inuit culture, language, and art from his grandparents and parents. Ruben helped decorate the new Nunavut Legislative Assembly building in 1999, and his sculptures and carvings belong to permanent collections across Europe and Canada, including that of the National Gallery in Ottawa. In 2010, he received creation grants from the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec and the Canada Council for the Arts to create a life-size seal hunter for the entrance of Forillon National Park. And in 2013 and 2014, he received a Canada Council grant to produce a series of sculptures based on Inuit legends, using both traditional materials and digital technology. Ruben currently lives with his family in the Gaspésie, Quebec.

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