Kuptana, Floyd

Born: February 14, 1964 Male

Born in Cape Perry, then moved to Paulatuk, NWT, now resides in Toronto

Floyd draws his inspiration from inuit legends he heard as a child. He incorporates "shamanism" and transformations into much of his work. Like his famous cousin, David Ruben, Floyd spends a lot of time in Toronto gaining insight into the modern world. 

“Kuptana is looking at the spiritual life of the Inuit and he’s reinventing the myths for the modern eye. His view is comic, tragic, surreal, strange, and it’s pulling Inuit art out of an old cliché into a current reality”

(Joseph McLeod in Inuit Art Quarterly 2008:19).



2007 In the Shadow of the Midnight Sun: Sami and Inuit Art 2000-2005, curated by Jean Blodgett, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, Ontario

2006 Inuit Sculpture Now, curated by Christine Lalonde, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario


Inuit Art Quarterly (IAQ)?2008 “Floyd Kuptana: Reinventing Myths,” vol. 23, no. 1 (spring):18-24.

2002 “Dealer’s Choice: Floyd Kuptana,” vol. 17, no. 1 (spring):44-45.

Lalonde, Christine?2005 Inuit Sculpture Now. Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada.

Maslak McLeod Gallery?2010 Floyd Kuptana. (accessed on May 12, 2010).