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Profile: Kent Monkman

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Visual Artist:


Kent Monkman is a visual artist who works in a variety of media including painting, film/video, performance and installation. As a boy growing up in Winnipeg, Monkman was keenly interested in art and he began drawing constantly and also pouring through various art books. He became intensely aware of his own Aboriginal heritage -- both through his extended family and through observing and absorbing the contrasting worlds around him.

As an adult, Monkman's work is continuously inspired by his Aboriginal background and the works themselves often explore the impact of Christianity on indigenous peoples.

He is a member of the Fisher River Band in northern Manitoba and is of Swampy Cree and English/Irish descent.

Monkman's work has exhibited across Canada and appeared in art exhibits internationally, and his award-winning short film and video works have been screened at various national and international festivals. His work is represented in many public collections including the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

Kent returns to Winnipeg several times a year, but currently he lives and works in Toronto.


Kent Monkman