Lot 64 Details
SELF PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST
signed, dated 95
15 ins x 13 ins x 14 ins; 38.1 cms x 33 cms x 35.6 cms
Victor Cicansky was born in Regina, Saskatchewan in 1935. He developed a respect for the land at an early age as his family grew most of what they ate. He received his B.Ed. from the University of Saskatchewan in 1935, and was an elementary school teacher for several years. He went on to study art at the Hastack Mountain School of Art, Deer Island, Maine, and at the University of California, Davis, where he received his MFA in 1970. Strongly influenced by the funk art movement in California of the 1960‘s, he returned to Saskatchewan and began to create sculptures that reflected his strong connection to nature, depicting the sensuous quality of fruits, vegetables and the land. As Cicansky himself stated, his work is about the backyard garden, what he has seen, remembered, and experienced as a gardener, and translated this into his artwork.
Cicansky was a member of the Faculty of Fine Arts and the University of Regina for over twenty years. He was also a guest lecturer at universities in Canada and the United States, including the University of California, Davis. He also received numerous awards, including the Victoria and Albert Award for Ceramic Sculpture (1967); he was named as a member of the Order of Canada in 2009 for his contributions as an artist and educator. He was honoroured with the Saskatchewan Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Lifetime Achievement in the arts in 2012. He lives and works in Regina.