Kuzy Curley

Kuzy Curley

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Cape Dorset, Nunavut

Inuit Carver

Koomuatuk Sapa Curley, known as Kuzy, is originally from Cape Dorset, Nunavut Canada. Coming from an artistic family that began with the renowned Pitseolak Ashoona, he was taught to carve at a young age by his grandparents Qaqaq and Mayureak Ashoona at their outpost camp Satuqhituu. He continues to honour them and carve the deeply rooted Inuit themes they taught him yet with a fresh vision that is all his own. He left Cape Dorset as a teenager to continue school in Yellowknife, and over twenty years has established a successful career as an artist while living in Toronto and Ottawa. He believes strongly in carrying forward his family legacy and Inuit cultural heritage. Technically proficient in diverse materials, from the local Cape Dorset stone called serpentinite, to sea ivory, caribou antler, musk-ox horn, baleen, and a wide range of northern materials as well as marble, alabaster and granite, Kuzy creates sculptures of arctic wildlife with astonishing life-like precision and grace. As an artist who has been carving for twenty years, he continues to challenge himself, balancing naturalism with striking compositions.

Kuzy was awarded the Paul Qayatinuaq Award for Artistic Excellence in 2010. In 2014, he travelled to New Delhi India with artist Bill Nasogaluak to create an inukshuk outside of the Canadian Consulate which was inaugurated by the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General, as a gift from the people of Canada to the people of India. In addition to continuing his art, he was the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Mobilizing Inuit Cultural Heritage grant at York University from 2014 to 2017.  While working on the grant, he brought together a team of four artists to create a collaborative sculpture that was gifted to the Inuit Circumpolar Council.  He next invited Ruben Komangapik to work together on a monumental sculpture in granite, Ahqahizu, as part of the Pan Am Games held in Toronto 2015. Most recently, in 2017 he won 1st place in the prominent art competition for the Canadian High Arctic Research Station, and received an Ontario Arts Grants to continue his art.