VISUAL ARTISTS BIOS
Allan André is a Canadian-born, Multi-Disciplinary artist of West Indian decent based in Ottawa Canada. André's work has been featured in exhibits in New York, Orlando, Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal. In 2014 and 2016, André won the Ottawa regional championship for Art Battle Canada’s nation wide speed painting competition. In July 2016, André won the Art Battle National championship earning him the title of Canada's best speed painter. Allan's work has been exhibited in galleries, and restaurants. His installation work has also been featured in Ottawa’s Nuit Blanche a city wide dusk till dawn exhibition. In 2015, days after a "Black Lives Matter" message was defaced on Ottawa's legal graffiti Tech wall, he and artist Kalkidan Assefa created a celebrated tribute to Sandra Bland.
Dominique Dennery studies sculpture at the Ottawa School of Art (OSA), studying with Artist and Sculptor David Clendenning, and casting her first bronze sculptures. She lived in Sri Lanka from 2009 to 2011, where she studied with Professor Sarath Chandrajeewa in an intensive program culminating in her first solo exhibition Root Identity in Colombo in June 2011. Since returning to Canada, she has attended intensive sculpture workshops with Master Sculptors like Philip Farault (New-York State) and Rosemary Breault-Landry (OSA). She was invited to participate in a number of group exhibitions including Dimensions and Figureworks, as well as at the Fritzi Gallery in Ottawa and SCVLPTVRE 2015 at the Palais des Congrès de Montréal. In 2015, the Haitian Embassy commissioned Dominique to sculpt a bronze bust of Jean-Jacques Dessalines, founder of the Haitian nation. This bust now stands on permanent display in Gatineau City Hall as part of the city’s permanent collection in the Hall of Nations section of the Maison du Citoyen.
Kalkidan Assefa, aka ‘drippin soul,’ was born in Ethiopia and currently resides and works in Ottawa. He is a Visual Artist and certified Artist-Educator specializing in small and large-scale portraiture, figurative, and iconographic paintings, as well as canvases, murals, and illustration. He works in in acrylics and assorted mixed media, and his mural work has been featured in numerous public spaces in Ottawa, including at George Brown arena for WestFest and on the Ottawa Tech Wall in a stirring tribute to Sandra Bland. He has also had his work featured in exhibits at the Daniels Spectrum in Toronto, the Ottawa Public Library Gallery, and the SUPAFRIK Gallery in Washington DC. Most recently, he spent several months teaching and living in a Cree community in Northern Quebec.
Kosisochukwu Nnebe, better known as Kosi, is a Nigerian-Canadian, currently based in Ottawa. She created the Coloured Conversations multimedia project, combining visual arts practice with critical social theory. Inspired by the work of countless black feminist intellectuals and artists, ranging from bell hooks to Lorraine O'Grady, the project's vision is to inspire others to challenge, reinterpret and redefine notions of race and gender within society. Her work has appeared in exhibits at Sachiki Boutique and the Montreal Museum of Fine Art in Montreal, and Mohr Gallery in California. She has presented workshops at Laval University, Concordia University, and Everest High school in California, and published her work in a number of magazines, newspapers, and blogs/online publications.
Maliciouz is a Montreal-based visual artist of Haitian descent. She asserts her identity through her art, which she develops by affirming the strengths of her people rather than focusing on the challenges and wounds from the past. She has had her work featured in several exhibits, including at OCAD University Gallery in Toronto, and the Espace Culturel George-Émile-Lapalme and Galerie 203 in Montreal, as well as taking part in the creation of a collective mural in Haïti. She has also taken part in numerous live painting performances, including the Art Battle, representing Montreal at the national Art Battle in Toronto in 2014, and in Ottawa in 2015. She also receives a creativity grant from the Michaëlle Jean Foundation and created a piece that will be displayed at The 4th Wall exhibition at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Her work has received local and international media coverage in publications like AFROPUNK, NightLife, Cult MTL, and the Revue Anthropologie et Société, which featured her art on their cover page. Maliciouz has also gained recognition through mural art creations in the streets of Montreal and participation in festivals such as Under Pressure in 2016.
Ojo Agi is a self-taught Nigerian-Canadian artist. Informed by anti-racist feminist theory, she uses her art practice to explore issues of race, gender and cultural identity. She aims to challenge the myopic lens with which women of colour are often portrayed; but also use each piece as an opportunity to learn and un-learn what is beautiful to her. Whether she’s creating with art markers, oils or watercolours, potent emotions and delicate details permeate her work. Her greatest hope as an artist is to tell stories that people of any background can identify with. She is currently based in Toronto, Canada.
Quentin VerCetty is an award-wining contemporary griot (storyteller) new media artist and art educator. His work includes holographic projections, digital printed sculptural work, painting, illustration, mural works, photography, graphic design, spoken word poetry and West African Drumming. His artistry has allowed him to travels around the world sharing his passion in places like Belize, Cuba, England, Jamaica, Haiti, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates. A graduate of OCAD University, his work centres on the motif of artivism and using futuristic lens and science fiction narratives to address issues of representation, youth generation inclusion, immigration, mobility and alienation. Using semiotics as visual metaphors his work also explores the usage of memory and technology in alternative realities and spaces from the contemporary or from the past. As an 'artrepreneur,' he is the founder and director of a youth-focused, social enterprise called PRIYOME, which focuses on providing access and professional portfolio and capital development for disenfranchised youth and young offenders.