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This biography celebrates the voice, life, and art of this prolific prairie-based artist, Victor Cicansky. Nature, tamed or wild, informs everything he makes; worlds we recognize with pleasure, where cabbages are kings.

Written in a style that is informed by, yet not overburdened with, critical analysis, allowing the art to speak for itself.

For almost six decades, Victor Cicansky has been creating sculptures that are whimsical, elegant, surreal, and above all, profoundly unique.

Part biography and part photojournalism, the Garden of Art does not burden the reader with jargon-filled critical analysis, but lets Cicansky's distinctive brand of art speak for itself. Considering aspects of Cicansky's life that have most influenced his art, from his childhood growing up in east-end Regina as the son of poor Romanian immigrants, to his pivotal sojourn at art school in California in the 1960s, as well as his grassroots politics and passion for gardening, this is a compelling portrait of a distinctive Canadian artist.

The Garden of Art  
The Garden of Art: Vic Cicansky, Sculptor
by Don Kerr, published by University of Calgary Press, October 2004
ISBN-10: 1552381226, ISBN-13: 978-1552381229

Don Kerr is professor emeritus of English at the University of Saskatchewan and the poet laureate of Saskatchewan (2012). His strong sense of regionalism influences his interpretation of Victor Cicansky's work, in which he makes connections between the work and the artist's ethnic immigrant agrarian roots.

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