Andrew Valko was born in 1957 in Prague, Czechoslovakia. He emigrated to Canada in 1968. He studied Graphic Design and Applied Arts at the Red River Community College in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He also studied printmaking with Toshi Yoshida, at Yoshida Hanga Academy in Tokyo, Japan.
His work, which sometimes incorporates mixed media, hints at the lives and stories of individuals, often women, and often their intimate moments. His works provide the opportunity for imagination to take over and complete the story.
He has had numerous solo exhibitions and has participated in an array of international art fairs. He has completed a number of commissions as well, one of whichwas for Canada Post Corporation to illustrate four Pan American Games stamps and the 125th Anniversary of the RCMP commemorative stamp. He also designed a fifty-cent piece for the Royal Canadian Mint.
He was the subject of a CBC arts program called ZigZag. In 2001 his work was featured in 'Postcard Fictions'.
His honours and awards include, membership in The Royal Canadian Academy of The Arts, Manitoba Arts Council grants, and The Kingston Prize in Canada's National Portrait competition, among others.
An active member of the arts community he has served or is serving on the boards of the The Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Site Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Border Crossings Magazine of the Arts, Winnipeg, Manitoba, and, Martha Street Studio, Winnipeg, Manitoba. He has also served as a juror on the Manitoba Arts Council Grand Juries.
His work is represented in a wide range of public, corporate and private collections internationally.
Currently he lives and works in Winnipeg, Manitoba.