Opening: October 16, 6 to 10 p.m.
Artist Talk: October 18, 2 to 4 p.m.
The Beyond our Roots 2014 Visual Arts Exhibition is a contemporary multi-disciplinary Visual Arts Exhibition presented by the Latino Canadian Cultural Association that shows the fusion between the different cultures and roots of the Latin American and artists from other parts of the World and the influence of the multicultural society where they work and reside. The artists' starting point is their own cultural background and experiences, going through the discovery first, and then the sharing of other cultures, to finally, develop and transform them into a new and original product.
Co-Curated by Alejandro Freeland and Hugo Ares
ALEJANDRO FREELAND – CURATOR
Born in Buenos Aires. Freeland established himself as an artist in Toronto. He is the executive director of Latino Canadian Cultural Association. Freeland received his formal training in photography, film and video at the Ontario College of Art & Design. During the past few years, Alejandro has been programming and curating for different festivals and visual arts exhibitions including: "Latin-Afro Fest II" (2008), "Latin-Afro-First Nations Festival", "Latin-Afro-South Asian Festival" (2010) and "Rhythms of the Earth Festival" (2011). He has showed his work in several contemporary art events in Canada and abroad such as: Light Bringers Art Show (Collective) at Gallery 1313, Alter Toronto (Collective) in collaboration with Georgeta Marcus at Gallery 1313, Beyond our Roots (Collective) at Gallery 61, EBB & FLOW (Collective) at Gallery 1313, AlucinArte (Collective) at Gallery 1313, Gothic Buenos Aires, with painter Gustavo Ferreira, at Danish church, Buenos Aires, Argentina and Latin American Group(Collective) at OCAD.
HUGO ARES – GUEST CURATOR
Hugo is an independent visual art curator, programmer and art administrator based in Toronto, Canada. I completed my degree in Multimedia Arts at the National Institute of Art, at the University of Buenos Aires City and a Post-degree in Visual and Critical Studies at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). I have been working as a curator, and programmer and art manager for artist-run centres, arts collectives and cultural associations like: Espacio Ecléctico; Southern Currents Film and Video Collective, aluCine–Toronto Latin Media Arts Festival, "Digital Event" by -e-fagia-Visual & Media Art Organization; and ArtsXplosion Cultural Society.
www.gildamonreal.blogspot.com / www.essenciartcollective.com
I carry in my blood legends that echo passionate love, unity, terror, loss and hope. I have in my blood the stories that my mother and father shared with me about their home, about their lives, about why I am here and not there. I have in my blood, in my voice, and in my gaze, our stories of survival. I have in my blood the beautiful colours of this land. And here I am, with my feet standing firmly on Canadian soil, while my hair dances along with Andean winds. To those southern winds that knot my hair, I thank you for your truths and for your folklore. It is with your truths and your folklore that I have become this woman. I am a Canadian Chilean storyteller, multidisciplinary artist, community builder, and strong believer in equalitarian values. I am the living dualities, contrasts and contradictions that exist between the North and the South. I wish to create atmospheres that will transcend viewers into a world of magical realism. By creating stories, characters and new worlds I take them on a dark and mysterious voyage, where different thresholds of meaning and value systems can be explored. The various mediums I work with include: video, performance, writing, sound, costume making, puppetry, muralism, graffiti, street art, and installation. My artistic work speaks through these various mediums to create spaces that question the truths and beliefs that surround me; their subtleties, and the boundaries of their generally assumed connotations. There are questions that must be asked, so that we do not take for granted where we came from, and so that we know where we are headed. It is a responsibility, a privilege and a gift to question this vast and ever changing reality.
For over 20 years she has been a Notorious Deluge of Paintings and Illustration that often conspicuously feature a rag tag cast of young Misfits rockers Oddballs and cute Monsters and obsessive love to detail modified physiques. Operating a busy art studio, showing in galleries and selling at the Art Fairs of Toronto since 2009, born in Ottawa she has also left her mark on New Orleans Montreal Ottawa and SF/Oakland. Her work is sold at a number of Galleries in Toronto and around the Continent. Her work has been featured at Ryerson University 2014, contemporary pop art factory SuperWonderGallery 2012-2014, The Gladstone Hotel 2013, Gallery Videofag 2013, Morgan Page's and Michael Mackid's Projects at Buddies in Bad Times 2012, Come As You Are 2011, and Unit2 2011. From 2005 to 2008 she founded and administered the Termite & Vine Artist's and Musicians Homesteaders Studio Collective Co-operative Association in New Orleans Louisiana and was Collected and Shown by Barristers Gallery. Trained in parade float construction by Julian Schnable from Royal Floats, she has Moonlighted a tech for giant group sculpture performance projects including Rockaway Armada 2007, The Cult of The Little Lambs Trash Noise Rock Band 2008. See her Portraits of North American Traveling Strippers and Punk Rock Freight Train Culture, 91 foot longCommissioned Historical Mural for the Church Wellesley Village/ World Pride 2014, 11 foot wide triptych depicting a "Window Girl" fight in Amsterdam, and work with Bipolarbear Productions Animated Cartoons on her Epicly Enormous Website.
Born in Mexico City in 1971, I was always preoccupied with drawing and painting. I grew up as an only child within an abusive but artistic family. I was a very solitary, odd and curious girl and painting was not only my escape but also the only way in which I gained some attention and recognition. I confronted my emotional situation through art. I was told that I had that gift and spent my childhood and early adolescence always trying to be close to artistic forms, whether it was an alternative movie or an art book or a painting show. In 1988, being only 17 years old, I formally started my inception into the Arts participating in the now extinct counter-culture performance group "El Sindicato del Terror" (The Syndicate of Terror) and a few months later opening an underground art gallery "El Ghetto". Some of the artists I curated at the time are now well known and respected - such as Francis Alÿs, Nahum Zenil, Alejandro Arango, Adolfo Patiño, etc. After three years of University level Communications studies in Mexico City, I moved by myself to Toronto and applied to the Ontario College of Art (now ODADU) with my drawings and paintings and was accepted. Originally, I wanted to pursue a painting career but became fascinated with Toronto's flourishing cyber culture of the 90´s. So I joined the Integrated Media program earning my Honours Diploma in Fine Arts four years later. In 1999 I received a grant and completed a Masters program in Barcelona in Digital Arts. I have just received a grant by the OAC to produce first documentary and I enjoy sporadically making my own experimental videos and working in collaboration with other artists. After all these years I decided to return to OCADU to complete my degree and obtain a BFA. Further, after all these years the experience of being back in a creative environment stirred in me the desire to accomplish what originally inspired me to study Art but that I never did: painting. Subsequently, I am currently entering my second career as a painter under the mentorship of two Toronto based professional painters. These are some of my first paintings, arising purely from the core of my naivety and my lack of style or experience. They are the beginning of an exploration of multiple layers of interest and self-expression and the beginning of a much-desired personal journey.
Jennifer Humphries won first place in the Toronto-wide Graphix Art Competition Scholarship in 1992. She then graduated from OCADs' 4-year Drawing & Painting program and has an upcoming solo exhibition entitled "The Shining Series." Jennifer also paints commissioned portraits, often of client's dogs. The paintings in this show capture iconic villains taken from stills in classic horror films. By delving into the paradoxes of existence both terrible and beautiful, powerful, yet sublime, these three paintings centre around the philosophy of Nietzsche's concepts of evil, the will to power, the necessary destruction and overcoming before creation and the affirmation of life in the face of great suffering. This body of work also addresses one of the unique features of our time, the domination of the screen, be it a television, Smartphone or computer. All three images have been painted directly "from the non-life" of a television screen reflecting both the isolating factor of a viewer removed from the characters and drama on the screen and the replacement of direct contact with a virtual reality, which has become not only a replacement for reality, but also a main factor of today's reality itself.
www.aramika7ra.blogspot.ca / www.zorachk.wix.com/aramika
Aramika Kliavin, was born in Eastern Europe, Belarus, is a Toronto based contemporary visual artist and sculptor. She received her BFA in Fine arts at OCAD University in 2012. In her work she employs traditional European techniques and ongoing western traditions and concepts. Presently Aramika exhibits around Toronto and does public commissions, as well as artworks for private collectors. I create conceptual, at times surrealistic artwork that captures the essence of my imagination. I combine traditional European techniques in new and innovative ways. I approach my work with a unique perspective that takes into account your needs and your individual style. My style and technique are broad and flexible, developed over years of training and experience.
Rosa Mindreau is a Toronto-based visual artist. A graduate of the Art Institute of Toronto, and she will be soon to be graduate at Toronto School of Art, Rosa specializes in multiple forms of printmaking such as Screen-printing, Block Printing and Etching. She also creates mixed media pieces that range from 2D to 3D, with elements of encaustic and acrylic painting, screen-printing, found objects and collage. She has exhibited and sold work widely across the city including at the Artist Project, Queen West Art Crawl, The Gladstone (as part of Come Up To My Room), North by Northeast, Whippersnapper Gallery, AWOL Gallery, and many others. Rosa is dedicated to alternative and accessible learning opportunities for emerging artists. She has conducted printmaking workshops at her own studio, as well as at PARC (a drop-in centre in Parkdale), Queen West Community Health Centre, Pathways to Education (in Rexdale), and Sketch Working Arts. She avidly supports social justice and grassroots community endeavors—Rosa has donated original artwork for exhibitions and auctions to support Sketch Working Arts, the United Way, and GBLGay Youthline, among others. Her work has been featured in the Toronto Star and online art forums.
Gomo George is a multi-disciplinary artist and writer who immigrated to Canada in the mid 1970's from Dominica. His academic achievements include a B.F.A. from The University of Manitoba and a M.F.A. from the University of Western Ontario. Gomo has shown his work in group and solo exhibitions in galleries across Canada for more than two decades. Gomo has worked as an art instructor (Red River College 1982-83, University of Western Ontario 1995-7), storyteller, and artists in the schools and in community settings as a counselor and program coordinator. Gomo has received grants from the Manitoba Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. The author/initiator of several developmental projects in the arts, notably curator of landmark exhibition X-Position 1983, the Project "Positive Manoeuvres" a African Canadian visual arts festival, and "The Last Stop" projects bearing the objective of promoting African Canadian Art and Artists. Gomo also founded and directed ColoLux Studios the first and only Alternative Art Gallery run by African Canadian artist, 1984-1987. Gomo's work is represented in various collections including the Canada Council Art Bank.
I am originally from South Wales in the UK. South Wales is a beautiful part of the world which I feel privileged to have grown up in and taken inspiration from. The Welsh are proud and passionate people. We're certainly not afraid to show our feelings. Most of my artwork represents mood and emotion. I often translate my feelings through eccentric colour palettes, but lately have been drawn to using textured white surfaces. All of my art creations have been created to catch the light and have impact. You will also notice that all of them of them use the colour black, which I think echoes the dark moods that often haunt me. I have always been one to wear my feelings on my sleeve, so recording my feelings on canvass was a natural step forward for me. Apart from a few key phrases to describe the theme of each painting, I always avoid giving away too much information. It really is half the enjoyment looking at a piece of art and finding your own interpretation. My piece "Lost" is about the re-occurring dream. Trying so hard to get back to you.
LUIS ANTONIO MONROY
Static Flow is an opportunity for me to showcase the images that I collect and compose on my day to day. They are reminders of the many wonders that surround us all the time, everywhere, and also of the possibilities of what the ordinary can become when you look through the window of your imagination. These images are a sampling of the work that I have done so far. I hope you enjoy them and come back soon as I will be updating the site from time to time. Please visit Static Flow Imaging on Facebook at and if you see something that you like please press the "like" icon or leave a comment.
John Nobrega is a Toronto-based artist best known for accomplished figurative paintings that engage with art- historical imagery. In recent years he has focused increasingly on drawing and video projects. He has been exhibited widely and is featured in several public collections, including the Agnes Etherington Art Centre in Kingston. He is represented in Toronto by the Edward Day gallery.
CAROLINA FAVALE "CUORE"
Carolina Favale paints under the pseudonym “Cuore” and is one of the most inspirational street artists working in Buenos Aires. Her murals stand out for their striking characters, vivid colours, beautiful compositions and powerful imagery. Beneath the surface there is also deep thought, care and sensitivity behind her creations. Her art also mirrors elements that have touched her own life as well as the world around her and draws inspiration from personal journeys, experiences, relationships and moments of introspection and reflection.
Carolina studied Fine Art at the Antonio Berni School of Visual Arts in San Martín, Buenos Aires, graduating with an honours degree while also specializing in engraving. And her influences come from painters such as Mark Rothko, Antoni Tapies, Anselm Kieffer and Egon Schiele, and she points to Interesni Kazki (Ukraine), Herbert Baglione (Brazil), Kenor (Spain) and Inti (Chile) as some of the street artists whose work she admires most. Despite only starting to paint regularly in the street two years ago under the name “Cuore”, She has painted more than 20 murals in her home town and is now painting outside almost every week. “I was a painter before becoming a street artist and I was working with images and concepts a long time ago,” Carolina reveals. “I think that art should be a way to connect with other people and to help us think about who we are and it should carry a message.”
Faisal Anwar is a digital media artist/ interactive producer / UI/UX expert (Toronto/ Pakistan). He is founder of an interactive art studio, DigitalDip and Co-founder Me A Monster Inc. His project series, Oddspaces, brings together art, culture and technology in an odd configuration to explore our perceptions towards architectural space, private or public spaces and social interactivity in modern urban cultures. He has shown at the Winter Olympics 2010, and performed nationally and internationally. He has directed five other sort films which were part of various festivals in Canada and abroad, such as Monitor 3 South Asian Film and Video' presented by SAVAC Toronto, 2007, 'Pollution' presented by INTERart, Romania, 2007, aluCine Toronto Latin Festival, 2007, Shortsnonstop.com and at TPW Gallery Toronto, 2007. Anwar is a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre's Habitat-LAB, Interactive Arts and Entertainment Program 2004, Anwar did his Bachelors in graphic design from the National College of Arts Pakistan 1996. Faisal volunteered on the Programming Committee of SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre) and taught part time at Centennial College.