Born 1977, Alert Bay, British Colombia, Canada
Rande Cook, a Kwakwaka'wakw carver and printmaker, was born in the northern Vancouver Island town of He spent his formative years in Alert Bay before moving to Victoria in 1991 to graduate at Victoria High School in 1995. His cultural heritage includes N'amgis, Ma'amtagila and Mamalilikala tribes. His grandparents Gus and Florence Matilpi raised him with strong cultural views and ties to this rich heritage. His grandfather taught him the essential elements of Kwakwaka'wakw design and impressed upon him how the art can connect him to his culture. Mr. Cook learned that by creating art he is helping to maintain and preserve a flourishing culture. The influence of his family has helped in another direction. He credits his daughter, Jazmine Merelle (Maya), as the most important influence on the way he lives, works, and creates every day.
In addition to learning and experiencing art in a traditional way, Mr. Cook complements his work by exploring various new media such as gold, silver and mastodon ivory. Early mentors were Will Cook Jr.William Wasden Jr.and Beau Dick. As a result of these influences he developed an appreciation for Northwest Coast art and its many variations of style and expression. Since January 2002, Mr. Cook has been apprenticing under John Livingston. This opportunity has allowed him to explore woodcarving, mask making, box making and numerous other forms of Northwest Coast art, encouraging Mr. Cook to experiment with new techniques as well as to continue his lifelong growth as an artist.
For more information, go to http://www.randecook.com/