Ronald Kostyniuk and his Neo-Constructivist Style
3 CRATES / 1 ARTIST / 16 ARTWORKS / 50 RUNNING FEET
Available: September 2011 to August 2012
Curated by Todd Schaber of The Art Gallery of Grande Prairie
Ron Kostyniuk’s innovative approach to the visual arts has won him critical acclaim both in Canada and abroad. Informed by the natural and applied sciences as well as philosophy, Kostyniuk is an artist who is truly dedicated to working with the Neo-Constructivist/Neo-Structuralist style. His work is based on the principles of Constructivism – the early 20th century Russian avant-garde movement – that was concerned with space, time, colour, and the relationships between geometric shapes.
Born in 1941 in Wakaw, Saskatchewan, he attended the University of Saskatchewan and graduated in 1963 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts (Biology) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. Subsequently, he continued his academic studies in the United States at the University of Wisconsin, where in 1970 he received a Master’s Degree in Science and a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts the following year. In 1971, Kostyniuk joined the University of Calgary’s teaching faculty in the Department of Art in the area of sculpture.