David Ruben Piqtoukun

Born in Paulatuuq (Paulatuk, NT), David Ruben Piqtoukun is a renowned sculptor and printmaker who started carving at age 22. His work is deeply connected with his Inuit identity and is often inspired by ancestral stories from his parents and elders. In 1989, he was appointed to UNESCO's Canadian Committee for the World Decade of Cultural Development and, in 2000, he was the first Inuit artist to be appointed to the Sculpture Society of Canada. In addition to being part of several solo and group exhibitions in Canada and abroad, his work is part of important public collections, including those of the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Toronto, and the Staatliche Museum für Völkerkunde (Munich, Germany).