Enriching the Arts

Featured Artist, Ronald Kostyniuk, MFA, RCA, ASA

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Ronald Kostyniuk, Untitled


Relief Structure

Ronald Kostyniuk, Relief Structure

From the small community of Wakaw, Saskatchewan, Ron Kostyniuk began his career as a teacher of biology. He studied at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, receiving his Bachelor of Art in Biology and a Bachelor of Education in 1963. During that time, Kostyniuk became interested in the analytical writings of the artist, Charles Biederman, which prompted an artistic chord with Kostyniuk’s interest in science. Later, while teaching in various high schools, Kostyniuk commenced his career as a constructivist artist. Kostyniuk’s fashioned his reliefs, based on the early twentieth-century Russian movements that was concerned with space, time, colour and the relationships between geometric shapes. By 1970, he attended the University of Wisconsin in order to earn both his Master’s degrees in Biology and Fine Art. Kostyniuk’s knowledge of biology and by his experience on the prairies drove him incorporate geometric shapes, architectural forms, and prairie icons like grain elevators with themes of history and change in his works. Kostyniuk was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Art in 1975, and continues to create his experiences of Western subjects into sculpture.

Q&A with the ASA

ASA: Could you tell us about your influences?

Ron: Influences in my work?   Monet, Cezanne, Gabo, Mondrian, Gorin, Archipenko, Biederman, NATURE, NATURE, NATURE, NATURE…..

ASA: Which body of your work would you consider most successful to date?

Ron: I’m always excited by the NEXT SERIES but I think that my early Neo-Constructions were interesting to me.

Tilt No.2

Ronald Kostyniuk, Tilt No. 2


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Calgary, AB T2G 1R7
ASA Phone: (403) 265-0012
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