Sonny Assu is Liǥwildaʼx̱w (We Wai Kai) of the Kwakwaka’wakw nations. He graduated from Emily Carr University (2002), and was the recipient of their distinguished alumni award in 2006. He received the BC Creative Achievement Award in First Nations art in 2011, and was long-listed for the Sobey Art Award in 2012, 2013, and 2015. Assu is an MFA candidate at Concordia University; currently he works and lives in Campbell River, BC.
Assu’s work is in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, Seattle Art Museum, Vancouver Art Gallery, Museum of Anthropology at UBC, Burke Museum at the University of Washington, Hydro Quebec, Lotto Quebec, and in various other public and private collections across Canada, the United States, and the UK. Recently (May 6, 2016), the Canada Council Art Bank acquired Assu’s piece Selective History (2012) for its permanent collection.