Fair Market Value $5,000
Informed by natural and applied sciences as well as philosophy – particularly evident in his expressive body of work executed in Neo-Constructivist/Neo-Structuralist style – Ron Kostyniuk is one of literally few contemporary artists truly dedicated to this international avant-garde style in this country. Born in 1941 in Wakaw, Saskatchewan, he enrolled in the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon and graduated in 1963 with a B.A (Biology), followed by a B.Ed. In 1971 he received a Master’s Degree in Science and, later, in Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin. Kostyniuk’s constructed reliefs and other sculptural projects are based on the principles of Constructivism – the early 20th century Russian avant-garde movement that was concerned with space, time colour and the relationships between geometric shapes. These works have always been tied to the artist’s knowledge of biology as they reflect, in his mind, nature’s forms and process, without actually imitating them. Still inspired by the Constructivist tradition, Kostyniuk is now exploring – in his recent Saskatchewan Road Map Series – the images and cultural traditions surrounding the vanishing elements from Western Canada’s prairie landscape by blending the elements derived from the regional sensibilities with the international style of art, as evidenced in his “Prairie Sentinel”. Kostyniuk’s works have been featured in several solo and group exhibitions in Canada, the United States, Europe and China, and are in numerous museum and private art collections across Canada and abroad.
Donated by the artist