Artist Ronald Apangalook is a Siberian Yup’ik, Eskimo artist from the village of Gambell, located on St. Lawrence Island. Situated in the icy, fog-bound waters of the Bering Sea, St. Lawrence lies 40 miles from the Siberian shores of the Chukotsk Peninsula in Russia and 120 miles from mainland Alaska. The Siberian Yupik people, who continue to practice a subsistence lifestyle, are recognized for their unsurpassed artistic creativity.
Ronald, whose Eskimo name is Qaygeghutkaq (shortened to Qay) literally meaning “put on top”, was born in 1968. In 1984, he was a member of the Gambell High School team that participated in a nationwide competition dealing with future problem solving and his team came in first in the nation. Ron works primarily with ivory and bone and is noted for his figurines which include otters, bears, cormorants, puffins, rookeries, hunters and dancers. His bone sculptures depict Eskimo dancing, polar bears and walrus.