David Ruben Piqtoukun

shaman Inuit Art Sculpture in soapstone

David Ruben Piqtoukun was born on May 10th, 1950 in Paulatuk, Northwest Territories. At age 5, he was sent to boarding schools until 17 years of age.
He has lived in Southern Canada since he was 18.

It was his brother Abraham Anghik Ruben, a very well known artist, who introduced him to carving in 1972. Expressing himself in sculptures, drawings, prints and paintings he is exhibiting since 1973 in Canada and internationally. In 1998 he became the first Inuit artist to be appointed to the prestigious Sculpture Society of Canada.

His pieces can be found in prestigious collections, such as The Amway Environmental Foundation Collection, Ada, Michigan, U.S.A. , The Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull, Quebec ,
The Confederation Centre of the Arts, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island , The Inuit Cultural Institute, Rankin Inlet, Northwest Territories ,The Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia,  and The Staatliche Museum fur Volkerkunde, Munich, West Germany.