Corey W. Moraes

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Lax Kw’alaams
Surrey, British Columbia

Corey Moraes is of Tsimshian heritage (Lax Kw’alaams Band) and belongs to the Raven Clan. His work can be seen in many publications, museums, galleries and private collections in North America, England and Japan and his designs have gained international recognition. In 2010, Moraes was the recipient of the Aboriginal Traditional Visual Art Award from the Canada Council for the Arts. A largely self-taught artist, he explains, in his own words: “As far as I know, there weren’t any artists in my family. When I was about twenty-five, I started to look back at my own culture, in an exploration of who I was. So I did research in museums, galleries, and books and I had a moment of epiphany — the old pieces spoke to me in a certain way. It’s my hope that every time I create a piece, it will live on long after I’m gone from this earth.”

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