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Niviaqsi, RCA

Photo: Pitseolak Niviaqsi
Credit: Photo by H.G. Jones
Niviaqsi, RCA


printmaking, sculpture/carving, stone

Artistic Community:

Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU



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.

Kanngia outpost camp, NU
22 January 1947

Date of Death:

Artists may have multiple dates of death listed as a result of when and where they passed away. Similar to date of birth, an artist may have passed away outside of a community centre or in another community resulting in different dates being recorded.




Pitseolak Niviaqsi, RCA was a carver and printmaker from Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU. Niviaqsi was renowned for his talents as a lithographer, transferring hundreds of drawings into prints at the Kinngait Studios and was credited in nearly every Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection from 1975 to 2011. Niviaqsi’s works are held in the permanent collections of multiple prominent institutions, including the Winnipeg Art Gallery in Winnipeg, MB, the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, QC and the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, ON. In recognition of his work Niviaqsi was invested as a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
The Art and Artistry of Mother and Child May 8, 2020 Roger Catlin
Celebrating 30 Years of Supporting Inuit Artists Fall 2017 Alysa Prodica
Tribute: Pitseolak Niviaqsi (1947-2015) Spring 2016 William Ritchie


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
The Voiced Plate: Contemporary Inuit Prints Dec 2016-Jan 2017 Marion Scott Gallery
Art Forms Winter 2015 December 2015 Marion Scott Gallery
Animal Power: Images in Contemporary Inuit Art Apr-June 2013 Marion Scott Gallery


View All Achievements and Details
Achievement Year Organization
Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection 2011 Dorset Fine Arts
Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection 2010 Dorset Fine Arts
Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection 2009 Dorset Fine Arts


View Filmography and Details
Title Release Date Role
Cape Dorset printmaker Pitseolak Niviaqsi at work December 09, 2010 Featured Artist

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Canadian Museum of History Gatineau, QC, Canada
Indigenous Art Collection at Indigenous Affairs and Northern Development Canada Gatineau, QC, Canada
La Guilde | The Guild Montreal, QC, Canada

Edit History

February 15, 2018 Create by: Rebecca Gray