Ken Mayernik was born in Montana and raised on a central Montana ranch. Those roots in the agriculture and outdoors of Montana are evident in his sculpture. Bronzes depicting ranch scenes and the working and hunting people of the West are common in his volume of works.
His own horses give Ken the knowledge of movement, gesture and anatomy. Horses are one of his most often used subjects. The wildlife seen and hunted also give him inspiration for his wildlife bronzes.
Ken has a bachelor’s degree in fine art and taught high school art years ago. He also worked in a bronze foundry in his college years and now is involved with the various aspects of the mold, wax and bronze chasing of his art work which insures the quality and integrity of the castings.
Ken’s bronzes have won numerous awards through the years including 1993, 2008 and 2009 Calgary Stampede Collectors Choice Three Dimensional; 1999, 2006, and 2012 Calgary Stampede Artists Choice Three Dimensional; 2000, 2009 and 2012 Calgary Stampede Juror’s Choice Three Dimensional; 2009, 2011 and 2013 Calgary Stampede Artist Studio Best of Show Three Dimensional; and two Calgary Stampede Best Sales Salon awards. In 2009 and 2010 his work was awarded the Sculpture Category Award at the American Royal Western Art Show and Sale in Kansas City. His bronze was awarded Best of Show at Red Bluff in 2012 and 2nd in Sculpture in 2013. In 2015 his bronzes were chosen 1st and 3rd at Estes Park.