November 20, 1933 - June 9, 2019 Those that touch our lives stay in our hearts forever.
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Maryon Kantaroff, an accomplished and respected Canadian sculptor with an international reputation. Kinsman Robinson is honoured to have represented Maryon Kantaroff for 27 years.
Maryon Kantaroff's work can be seen throughout Europe, Japan, Mexico, across the United States and Canada. Particularly accessible are more than twenty-five environmental sculptures and fountains that have been incorporated for public display into a wide variety of landscapes including a fifteen foot bronze fountain Kantaroff sculpted for the Canadian Embassy, Tokyo.
Kantaroff established standards of sculpture very early in her career by using a broad range of substances that stretch from natural to man-made materials such as concrete, steel, resins and bronze. As a collective, her works capture the essence of movement and range in size from minutely carved pieces of silver jewellery to towering bronze sculptures that shape the environment in which they are found.
Having spent over five decades as a professional sculptor, Maryon Kantaroff first gained recognition in Canada in 1968 with a solo show at Toronto City Hall. She launched her career ten years earlier when she left her position as Assistant Curator at the AGO to pursue post-graduate studies in sculpture in London, England. Three years later, she mounted a solo exhibit in Milan, Italy, the first of more than thirty solo exhibitions in her career. She received her first commission in 1968, a seven foot fountain in bronze and fiberglass for an estate in Inverness, Scotland. In 1992, she was recognized with the Sculptors Society of Canada's prestigious President's Award.
Reflecting on her illustrious career during her 35-year retrospective, Maryon wrote: "I went from archaeologist digging in the past, to student sculptor, building for the future. Neither then, nor now, can I account for this inner need or call, nor my unquestioning obedience in answering it."
Victoria University, UofT; Upper Canada College; IBM Canada; Greenwin Developments; Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care; Fairhill Development; City of Sarnia; Odette Sculpture Park, Windsor; Xerox Canada; JDS Investments; Delzotto Enterprises; Frederick Gans Memorial; P. Combe Estate, Scotland; Canadian Film Editors Guild; Canadian Embassy Mexico City; Canadian Embassy Tokyo