Contemporary Native Art to Russia

This website shows the art and artists involved in the June-July 2012 Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Art and the September-October 2012 Novosibirsk State Museum of Art biennial.

lessLIE (Leslie Sam)

Born in 1973, Duncan, British Colombia, Canada


lessLIE's "colonized, Catholic, Canadian name" is Leslie Robert Sam. His "decolonized artist's name" is lessLIE. Picasso once said that "art is a lie that tells the truth." lessLIE is living this perspective in the spirit of trickster traditions. lessLIE has a Bachelor of Arts degree in First Nations Studies from Malaspina University-College. While working on this undergraduate degree, lessLIE began to study Coast Salish art in 1995. lessLIE is currently working on a Master of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Coast Salish art at the University of Victoria.

Works by lessLIE can be found in the collections of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Canada, and the Westfalisches Museum fur Naturkunde (Landesmuseum und Planetarium) in Munster, Germany. The Two Rivers Gallery in Prince George, British Columbia, presented a solo exhibition of his work in 2009, and Alcheringa Gallery has presented three solo exhibitions of his work so far. In late 2009, lessLIE participated in the groundbreaking international exhibition Hailans to Ailans.

lessLIE, Salmon Circle, serigraph, 2008

lessLIE, Thunderbird, serigraph, 2008

lessLIE, ife, serigraph, 2010

lessLIE, Words of Wealth, serigraph, 2006

lessLIE, Feed Humming Birds, serigraph, 2011

lessLIE, ConText, serigraph, 2009

lessLIE, Serpents, serigraph, 2010