Sergei Traschenko (1964-2010).
Sergei Traschenko, a Russian-born artist, came to Canada in 1994 with no job prospects. He finally found work at a Richmond warehouse, but boredom set in after six months. And by chance, he found a classified ad looking for a sculptor, and he landed the job.
He used his skills to sculpt images from a variety of materials, including jade, from which he carved animal souvenirs. Hollywood North soon came calling, and Traschenko was designing sculptures for movie sets.
Also a master of fine art, Traschenko told The Richmond Review in 2007 that every sculpture should have something to say. “Like the old saying, if you don’t have anything good to say, don’t say anything at all.”