Rodney Konopaki is an artist, printmaker and educator living and working in Vancouver, BC and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking from the University of Saskatchewan and a Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking from the University of Saskatchewan. Having worked as a Master Printer with Tyler Graphics Ltd. studios in New York, Konopaki has produced limited edition prints for artists David Hockney, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Motherwell and Frank Stella, among others. Konopaki currently holds the position of Assistant Professor at Emily Carr University of Art+Design and is Head of the print media department. His work has been extensively exhibited and is held in public collections such as the Edmonton Art Gallery, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and the Moose Jaw Art Museum.
Rhonda Neufeld was born in Abbotsford, British Columbia and currently resides near Armstrong, British Columbia. She completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design and a Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of Regina in Saskatchewan and has been a sessional instructor at various universities in western Canada, including Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops. Primarily working in printmaking, specifically through intaglio, but also through drawing and installation, her practice is deeply rooted in her relationship to the landscape of Armstrong. Her experience as an apiarist has lent a unique understanding and curiosity towards various natural phenomena which forms the basis for her printmaking, drawing and installation work.
Malaspina holds a collection of Konopaki’s collaborative works with artist Rhonda Neufeld. Intuitively responding to their surroundings, Konopaki and Neufeld produced a series of “walking drawings” where material and performance coalesce, culminating in atmospheric, happenstance mark-making.