Presenter/Artist: Ahmoo Angeconeb
Angeconeb taught himself how to paint at an early age, and had sold his first painting by the time he was only 13 years old. Four years later, he participated in an art exhibition at the Sault Ste. Marie Public Library and by the time he was 22 he had his first Toronto art exhibit at York University. By then, Angeconeb had spent time in southeast Asia with Canada World Youth and was studying art at York University. He went on to obtain a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay.
For over twenty years, Angeconeb has concentrated his artistic talent on printmaking, and is considered one of Canada's finest printmakers. In the book "Roy Thomas - The Spirit of Anisnabae Art", author James Stevens comments that Angeconeb's "bold spiritual images are often presented in stark black and white codes that have a haunting and eye pleasing quality". While Angeconeb is a world traveller with an interest in the artwork of indigenous peoples of other cultures, he remains firmly rooted in the forest tradition of his forefathers and mothers. He says "I am glad to be a part of the Anishinaabe visual tradition that comes from our ancestors who have created art for a thousand years".
Angeconeb's work has been displayed in shows and galleries in Europe, the United States, and Canada. Throughout his career as an artist, Angeconeb has also worked as an educator, teaching both children and adults about traditional and contemporary modes of art practise while educating them about the ways of the Anishnaabe.