SONNY ASSU is Ligwilda'xw (We Wai Kai) of the Kwakwaka'wakw nations. He received the BC Creative Achievement Award in First Nations art in 2011 and was long-listed for the Sobey Art Award in 2012 and 2013. Through museum interventions, large-scale installations, sculpture, photography, printmaking, and paintings, he merges the aesthetics of Indigenous iconography with a pop art sensibility in an effort to address contemporary, political and ideological issues. His work has been accepted into the National Gallery of Canada, the Seattle Art Museum, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Museum of Anthropology at UBC and in various other public and private collections across Canada and the United States. He currently lives and works in Vancouver.
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