Alex Poruchnyk is a Winnipeg video and installation artist. He has been teaching at the University of Manitoba’s School of Art since 1989. Alex’s research focuses on issues of multi-media, both 2-D and 3-D spaces expressed through video, 3-D animation, and sculptural constructions. These become the backdrop to investigate destructed/restructured narrative. His single channel video continues to be screened both at home and abroad, and his work can be found in collections including the Museum of Modern Art (New York).

Alex has been actively involved in the arts community in Winnipeg since 1978. He was President of Plug-In in 1981, and as an executive member of the original Artspace Board, he was responsible for the purchase and renovation the old Gault Building (now Artspace). This committee experience also included acting as a liaison between a number of arts groups and the Core Area Initiatives tri-level committee; Federal, Provincial and Municipal).In addition he is a co-founder of Video Pool, and is now a member of Central Canadian Centre for Performance.

Poruchnyk has been the recipient of grants from the Canada Council, Winnipeg Arts Council and in 1998 he was awarded a Major Arts Grant from the Manitoba Arts Council to research his subterranean multi-monitor video installation, “Any Port in a Storm”. In 2000 he shot and edited the video in Holman Island for Winnipeg Art Gallery’s Holman Graphics Retrospective Heritage Canada website Virtual Museum of Canada. In 2005 he worked on the video production portion of the “Virtual Hike” and “Living Memories” segments for the Living Prairie Museum entitled landscape change: landscape loss with the support of The Virtual Museum Canada, executive Producers Jonina Ewart and Richard Perron.