Kooyoo Peter

dancing bear Inuit Art Sculpture in Serpentine

Born: 30 November 1966 in Cape Dorset                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Kooyoo Peter started carving at the age of 18. He learned to carve from his late brother Joanasie , who would ask Kooyoo to carve beside him. Joanasie taught Kooyoo how to use the axe and file and which part of the stone to remove first. He also told him that he had potential. Kooyoo’s favourite subjects for carving are bears , people in action, and transformations. His pieces are described as strong, well executed and challenging with a sense of movement.

Kooyoo’s work has been exhibited in galleries in Canada, the United States, Switzerland and Germany since 1987.