Artist Andrew Kiss

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Andrew Kiss

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Born in Hungary in 1946, Andrew and his family immigrated to Canada in 1957 after escaping the turmoil of the Hungarian uprising against the Russian invasion. After arriving on the east coast of Canada, their journey eventually led them to Vancouver Island, BC. Although Andrew spend his early adulthood employed as a topographical draftsman, his love of art was always wit him. He began working with oils and painting his surrounding landscape. A move to the interior of BC gave him more inspiration with the vast mountains, lakes and wildlife. In the early 1980s, he started to paint wildlife and sell his works through developing his own recognizable style.

Andrew considers himself extremely fortunate to be able to thrice in the constantly changing art world. Never changing his realistic style or subject material over the years has shown how dedicated he is to his work and his love of landscape.

Preservation of our world and the beauty that surrounds us is what this artist wants to convey wit every brushstroke. To be able to evoke one’s memory of a hike, family camping trip, or special place visited is the vision that Andrew has with his work. He hopes each painting will be a window to our precious world and a reminder that we should never take it for granted. The opportunity he has been given to make a living and convey an important message at the game time is what drives him to the next canvas. This is what makes his work unique and has enabled him to stand the test of time. Numerous one man shows and group exhibits have allowed Andrew to travel to Hong Kong, Switzerland, Germany, England, Austria, New Zealand, as well as throughout the US and Canada.

His work can be found in numerous corporate and private collections around the world. He has become one of Canada’s most recognized nature artists for a style that captures both breathless images and a reverence for realism.



2018 Wild Babies Children’s Book Selected to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
2017 Poster Artist Ponoka Stampede
2011 People’s Choice Medicine Hill Art Show
2011 Best of Show – Artist Studio Calgary Stampede
2010 Show in Hong Kong
2010 People’s Choice- Medicine Hills Art Show, Alberta
2007 Best of Show – Western Art Auction, Calgary Stampede
2006 Best of Show – Western Art Auction, Calgary Stampede
2005 Best of Show – Western Showcase, Calgary Stampede
2005 Collectors’ Choice Award – Western Art Auction, Calgary Stampede
2005 Chocolate Lily Book Award for Wild Babies 2004
2005 Collectors’ Choice Award – Western Art Auction, Calgary Stampede
2004 Best of Show Booth – Calgary Western Showcase
2004 “Cool Woods” winner of Skipping Stones Honour Award
2003 “A mountain Alphabet” – Official bestselling children’s book in Canada
2003 Three images for DU- National Portfolio
2002 Peoples’ Choice Award – Best original – Calgary Art Essential Show
2002 Selected from 100 artists – “Best of Show” at Spokane Western Art Show
2002 BCWF – Master Artist –“ Long Way Home print”
2002 DU Artist of the Year (1st. Ever 2 time winner)
2001 DU Canada stamp & print – “Soft Landing”
2001 DU print program – “Early Frost”
2001 BCWF Master Artist – “Thrill of the Catch”
2000 BCWF Master Artist – “Alert”
1999 People’s Choice Award- Art Essential Show – Calgary
1999 Saskatchewan Conservation Stamp
1999 Featured in “The Best of Wildlife Art” – North Light Books
1999 BCWF Master Artist – “Family Gathering”
1998 Two man show – Munich, Germany
1998 Canadian Collectible of the Year Award. – “King of the Hill”
1998 1st. Runner up – Wildlife Habitat Canada
1998 Orlando Wildlife Expo
1998 Prince Edward Island Conservation Stamp
1997 Featured in “The Best of Wildlife Art” North Light Books
1997 One man show – Zurich, Switzerland- also 1996, 1995, 1994
1997 Featured Artist – Artist Direct Show – Calgary
1997 Featured Artist – Pacific Wildlife Art Show – Seattle
1996 Selected for “Birds in Art” – Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum
1996 BCWF Master Artist
1995 Top 100 Artists – Art for the Parks – Jackson Hole, Wyoming
1995 Special Guest Artist Pacific Rim Art Show, Tacoma, Washington
1995 Runner up for Best of Show – southeastern Expo, Charleston, SC
1994 People’s Choice Award – Vancouver International Art Show
1994 DU Artist of the Year
1993 Canada Summer Games Official Artist

Rundle Sunset - Andrew Kiss
Takakkaw Falls - Andrew Kiss
Sunshine Creek - Andrew Kiss
Summer Basket - Andrew Kiss