Quvianatuliak Tapaungai is a master sculptor who lives and works in Cape Dorset in the southern region of Baffin Island in Nunavut. Kov is one of his nicknames, from the English spelling of his name. His name also appears in the literature in the form of Takpaungai, but the artist prefers to write his name as Quvianatuliak Tapaungai.
He was born in 1942 and learned to carve by watching the elders and then by experimenting on his own, guided by traditional Inuit education. His wife, Neevee, and their two sons also carve. Kov has participated in many art exhibitions since the 1970’s and was one of the youngest artists to be selected for the important exhibition “Sculpture of the Inuit: Masterworks of the Canadian Arctic,” which toured the world (1971-73). He has continued to produce work that is both powerful and memorable, often on a large scale. He is a keen hunter, and his respect for the land shows in his carvings of wildlife, but his wide-ranging sculptures also include figurative and transformational themes. His work has been widely exhibited.
Kov is a respected elder among the Inuit, and is a permanent member of the Seniors Advisory Committee of the Ministry of the Environment (Department of Environment Elders Advisory Committee). This committee advises the Government of Nunavut on ways to incorporate Inuit knowledge into wildlife and environmental management. Hide artist biography