Valko, Andrew | 2009 Winner
For some time I have been exploring, in my work, the relationship between people and today’s technology and how the use of computers, digital cameras, camcorders, and cell phones has changed the way people communicate with each other and how they look at themselves and the world around them.
Born 1957 in Prague, Czechoslovakia. Came to Canada in 1968. Received his Diploma in Graphic Design and Applied Arts from the Red River Community College in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of The Arts in 1995.
Andrew has served or is serving on the board of the following organizations: Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba; Site Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba; Border Crossings Magazine of the Arts, Winnipeg, Manitoba; and, Martha Street Studio, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
The artist’s exhibition credits include numerous solo exhibitions in the following galleries: Galerie Franklin Silverstone, Montreal, Quebec; Nancy Poole’s Studio, Toronto, Ontario; Cardigan-Milne Gallery and Thomas Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba; Assiniboia Gallery and Susan Whitney Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan; NEWZONES Gallery, Calgary, Alberta; Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia; Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta; Gallery 1C03, The University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Manitoba; Rosemont Art Gallery, Neil Balkwill Civic Arts Centre, Regina, Saskatchewan; The Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Brandon, Manitoba; and Douglas Udell Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia.
He has also participated in many group shows, both nationally and internationally. His work has been shown at: the University of Manitoba; Memorial University of Newfoundland Art Gallery; University of New Brunswick; University of Minnesota; Winnipeg Art Gallery; Mayberry Fine Art, Winnipeg; Norman MacKenzie Art Gallery; Art Gallery of Greater Victoria; The Frederic Horsman Varley Art Gallery; Muttart Public Gallery; The Nickle Art Museum, The University of Calgary; Federation Gallery, Vancouver, BC; Thunder Bay Art Center; Duluth Art Center, Duluth, Minnesota; Duxbury Art Complex Museum, Boston, Massachusetts; Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, Massachusetts; Kolding Hal, Frechen, Germany; Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipan, Taiwan; R.V.S. Gallery, South Hampton, New York; and Kabatoja Gallery in Tokyo. In addition, the artist has been represented at numerous international Art Fairs in: Miami, Florida; Boston, Massachusetts; Seattle, Washington; San Francisco, California; New York; and Toronto, Canada.
Corporate and private collections include: The Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa, Ontario; Manitoba Art Council, Winnipeg, Manitoba; University of Manitoba Faculty of Law, Winnipeg, Manitoba; University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Manitoba; Memorial University of Newfoundland Art Gallery, St. Johns, Newfoundland; Nickle Art Museum, Calgary, Alberta; CKRC Broadcasting, Winnipeg, Manitoba; Alliance Français, Winnipeg, Manitoba; Aquatic Hall of Fame, Winnipeg, Manitoba; The Claridge Collection / Bronfman Collection, Montreal, Quebec; Elizabeth Taylor, Los Angeles, California; Canada Post Corporation, Ottawa, Ontario; Manitoba Government, Winnipeg, Manitoba; Assante Asset Management Ltd., Winnipeg, Manitoba; Investors Group, Winnipeg, Manitoba; PriceWaterHouse Coopers, LLP, Vancouver, B.C.; Esso Petroleum, Calgary, Alberta; Great West Life, Winnipeg, Manitoba; Via Rail Canada, Inc., Montreal, Quebec; Wajima Holdings, Ltd., Calgary, Alberta; Suncor, Inc., Fort McMurray, Alberta; Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP, Calgary, Alberta; Abex Financial Corp., Calgary, Alberta; Tecbau Technology, West Germany; Fairwood Foods Ltd., Hong Kong; Mahler Fine Art Inc., Seattle, Washington; West Coast Hotel Corporation, Seattle, Washington; and the Royal Canadian Mint, Manitoba Hydro, Winnipeg, Manitoba.