Ruben Piqtoukun

Credit: Photo M.J. Crete
Ruben Piqtoukun


printmaking, sculpture/carving

Artistic Community:

Paulatuk, NT

Date of Birth:

Artists may have multiple birth years listed as a result of when and where they were born. For example, an artist born in the early twentieth century in a camp outside of a community centre may not know/have known their exact date of birth and identified different years.


The Igloo Tag Trademark
The Igloo Tag Trademark is an internationally recognized symbol that denotes handmade, original artwork made by Inuit artists in Canada. Established in 1958, the Trademark is now managed by the Inuit Art Foundation. The appearance of the Igloo Tag on an artist profile means they have had the Trademark applied to their artwork.




David Ruben Piqtoukun is a celebrated sculptor and printmaker from Paulatuuq (Paulatuk), NT. Piqtoukun is known for his complex works, incorporating materials ranging from metal to bone, and varying in scale from intimate to monumental. Inuit mythologies are central to Piqtoukun’s practice, and in 1975, Piqtoukun began compiling ancestral stories from his parents and elders. He has been the subject of several successful solo exhibitions, including Between Two Worlds at the Winnipeg Art Gallery (1997–98) in Manitoba. He also participated in numerous group shows in Canada and abroad. Piqtoukun’s works are included in several major public collections, notably the Winnipeg Art Gallery in Manitoba and the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, ON.View Long Biography and Citations


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Title Year Author
Aabaakwad 2020 NIRIN, A Three Day Program Focused on Indigenous Arts and Cultures will Launch the 22nd Biennale of Sydney in March 2020 February 14, 2020 WebWire
David Ruben Piqtoukun: 'Through stone carving, I learned a lot about my people' January 11, 2017 CBC Arts
Inuit Art: Markers of Cultural Resilience Spring/Summer 2010 Heather Igloliorte


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Name Year Gallery
Qua’yuk tchi’gae’win: Making Good 2016 Winnipeg Art Gallery
Rock, Paper, Scissors 2016 Art Gallery of Guelph
Human Nature 2015 Carleton University Art Gallery


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Achievement Year Organization
Cover of the Inuit Art Quarterly Spring 2007 Inuit Art Foundation
Cover of the Inuit Art Quarterly Winter 2003 Inuit Art Foundation
Member of the Sculptors Society of Canada 2000 Sculptors Society of Canada

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Art Gallery of Ontario Toronto, ON, Canada
Canadian Museum of History Gatineau, QC, Canada
City of Ottawa Art Collection Ottawa, ON, Canada

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November 1, 2017 Edited by: Rebecca Gray
October 18, 2017 Created by: Borja Calonga