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Memorable Manitobans: Robert Theodore Kost (1936-2003)


Born at Lac du Bonnet on 6 July 1936, son of Anthony Kost (1912-1966) and Tena Kost, his interest in art began in 1957. Two years later, when he co-owned a service station with his father, he decorating the building with his art, turning it into a travel destination for art aficionados. In 1966, he sold the station following the death of his father and began making art full-time. Kost was known for paintings of people and places around Manitoba, as well as portrayals of prairie life and landscapes highlighted by unique views of Lake Winnipeg. He sold over 300 pieces to large corporations, the federal and provincial governments, and private collectors. He partnered with Walter Zarecki to establish the Granite Hills Golf Course. He and wife Grace Nejedly had three children: Karen Kost, Anthony Kost, and Jonathan Kost. He was a skilled fiddler and performed with his two sons as The Buddy Bluegrass Band. He died on 13 May 2003.


Obituary [Anthony Kost], Winnipeg Free Press, 8 April 1966, page 25.

“Almost famous” by Bill Redekop, Winnipeg Free Press, 3 February 2002, pages D1 & D2.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 16 May 2003, page B10.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 22 April 2018

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