Rupert Scow was born in 1957 in the village of Alert Bay, British Columbia, an area located near the northern tip of Vancouver Island, known for its long-standing tradition of producing and nurturing powerful carvers. Rupert’s brother, Barry Scow, is also an accomplished carver. His grandfather was a Chief and as a result of this, Rupert Scow grew up with a strong sense of his cultural heritage. Interestingly, his uncle was the first British Columbia Supreme Court Judge of Native origin. Rupert’s family crests include the Sisiutl, or double-headed sea serpent, and the bear.
Rupert began to carve in his twenties under fellow Kwakwaka’wakw artists, Wayne Alfred, Vince Shaughnessy and Steven Bruce. He continues to skillfully carve masks that tell the stories of his cultural heritage.