“In his daily creation practice, Robin strives for continuity with his ancestors through intensive study of Haida ancestral works.”
Robin Rorick is descended from the Yahgulaanas Raven Clan of the Haida Nation. He is a left-handed artist. His works range from large to small scale cedar carvings and large cedar and canvas ceremonial dance screens to limited edition prints and drums as well as some ceremonial items that will not appear in his artist portfolio. He was raised on Haida Gwaii and Hornby Island. His Haida name is Sk’uyuu.
Robin’s mother is renowned Master Spruce Root Weaver, Isabel Rorick. To paint her weavings, Robin trained under his Uncle Robert Davidson. Robin previously learned from his Uncle’s series of design workshops for Haida artists on Haida Gwaii. He apprenticed under Master Canoe Carver Joe Martin to make a traditional Nuu-chah-nulth dugout canoe, and apprenticed under Ben Davidson for the carving of a 30 foot totem pole.
Robin’s maternal great great grandparents were Haida Artists Charles and Isabelle Edenshaw, his great grandparents Robert and Florence Davidson, and his grandparents Victor and Primrose Adams. His paternal great grandmother was Selina Peratrovich.
Robin represented Haida in an arts and culture exchange “Strengthening the Ancient Spiritual Trade Routes” with the Indigenous Mayan people at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. While in attendance, Robin shared his art and performed Haida songs and dances in exchange with the Mayans.
Robin is most influenced by the Classical Haida art of Charles Edenshaw. In his daily creation practice, Robin strives for continuity with his ancestors through intensive study of Haida ancestral works.
Robin Rorick is a Haida carver and printmaker from Masset, Haida Gwaii in British Columbia.