A skilled sculptor in both stone and bone, Padlaya Qiatsuk’s sculptures are recognizable for their expressive faces—often with wide eyes—and forms full of movement and life. Born in 1965 in Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU, Qiatsuk is the son of well-known artist Lukta Qiatsuk and his wife, Pudlo. At the age of 12, Qiatsuk learned to carve from his father and other Kinngait artists. His father’s stylistic influence is evident in Qiatsuk’s numerous owl sculptures, for which he is known. In addition to owls, Qiatsuk’s work has featured images of shamanism and transformation, a subject for whom he credits his grandfather Kiakshuk as inspiration.
Qiatsuk served as the mayor of Kinngait from 2013 to 2017 and was instrumental in building the new Kenojuak Cultural Centre and Print Shop, which opened in 2018. Since retiring as mayor, Qiatsuk has continued to make highly polished sculptures, exhibiting regularly in Canada as well as internationally since 1986.View Long Biography and Citations