The artist Bruno, also known as “Smoky” has dedicated his life to visual art. Since his childhood, drawing and creativity was always part of his daily routine. In 2004, he began painting on walls with spraypaint in Brasilandia where he grew up, a precarious neighbourhood of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Smoky has gained international and professional recognition through his artistic journeys though out Brazil, Chile, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Argentina, Canada, Paraguay, Sweden, England and the USA. His fascination with the city of Sao Paulo has highly influenced his artistic expression by its urban cityscapes, diverse architecture, cultural pluralism, and divided social classes. Through his large and colourful characters and highly detailed scenarios, he explores the complex paradoxes of our current social realities within magical worlds he creates. An important part of Smoky’s creative process is connecting with the surrounding area and people where he paints his murals. The ambiance and energy where the wall is located will highly impact his concepts and he is very conscious of the dialogue he is creating with the surrounding community and the surface he will be painting on. His skill set is very versatile and his creative tools specialize in aerosols, paintbrush, illustrations and tattoos. Smoky’s style is immediately recognizable and he is always up for a challenge to paint diverse themes and images. Bruno is a founding member of the Clandestinos Crew, and part of the Essencia Arts Collective. Currently Smoky is based out of Toronto, Canada together with his wife and artistic collaborator, Shalak, and continues his art practice both in Canada and internationally. "I do not neglect my roots, my greatest pleasure is to paint in communities, bringing art and culture to otherwise forgotten and precarious neighbourhoods. I use Graffiti in the context of creating a space to exhibit my art to society, my themes are full of colours and forms of protest ... " Bruno Smoky has been brought in for Wall-to-Wall by Graffiti Art Programming.
"Shalak Attack" is a Canadian-Chilean visual artist dedicated to painting, muralism, spray paint urban art, and canvas art. For over a decade, she has manifested her artistic expression on urban walls across the world. She is a co-founder and co-director of the international art collectives “Essencia”, the “Bruxas”, and the “Clandestinos”. Shalak has participated in numerous artistic projects and exhibitions in Canada, Chile, Brazil, England, Sweden, Senegal, Palestine, Jordan, Israel, Belgium, Spain, Argentina, Venezuela, Mexico, USA, Paraguay, and the Dominican Republic. In Shalak's artistic practice, she fuses the spirit and the aesthetics of traditional South American muralism with contemporary graffiti & street art. Shalak's distinctive multi- layered and signature use of colour are emblematic of her unique style that inhabits the realm of psychedelic magical realism. Specializing on her acclaimed series of evocative "Animal Spirits" and vibrant human portraits, she creates visual narratives that strive to honour the sacred power of Nature. Frequently Shalak will juxtapose her Spirit Animals with environmentally devastated habitats to call attention to the critical mistreatment of our natural resources, Pachamama. The Spirit Animals she paints are most often endangered animals, and their bold presence is a conscious reminder that their existence is at risk because of our ego-driven-addicted-busy-daze-of-never-ending- urban-life-consumption. Her murals have contributed culture, life, consciousness and personality to public and otherwise forgotten spaces. Shalak shares her passion for freedom of expression, and has facilitated visual art workshops to at risk youth, women and community empowerment groups, as well as prisoners in various countries across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and in Africa. Her artistic work and community art-reach is rooted in the social and cultural values she received from her family who immigrated to Canada as part of the Chilean political diaspora caused by the country's military dictatorship in the 1970's. Shalak graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor's degree in Studio Arts with honours, and studied one year of Fine Arts in the Universidad Autónoma Benito Juarez de Oaxaca, Mexico. She received a certificate for Business Coaching for Women Artists from the Centre d'Entrepreneriat Féminin du Québec, as well as a College certificate (A.E.C.) in Community Website Productions from College Ahuntsic, (Montréal, QC). In 2005-2006 Shalak participated in an internship program with Alternatives (Montréal) and Afro Reggae (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), an NGO that uses art as a tool to engage youth as an alternative to the high risk of violence and drug trafficking of the favelas. Shalak considers her most impacting education to have come directly from the diverse communities she has had the opportunity to collaborate with around the world. Currently, Shalak is based out of Toronto, Canada with her husband and artistic collaborator, “Bruno Smoky”, where she continues to develop her artistic projects internationally as a visual artist. Shalak Attack has been brought in for Wall-to-Wall by Graffiti Art Programming.
PA System // Parr Josephee
PA System (Alexa Hatanaka and Patrick Thompson) work in textile, printmaking, painting, video, and public art. PA System has created collaborative, socially-engaged projects in Nunavut and Nunavik for 10 years, including their ongoing Embassy of Imagination initiative based in Cape Dorset, NU. They created award-winning public artwork for Vancouver's 2014 Year of Reconciliation. PA System exhibits their work in institutions worldwide, such as the Royal Ontario Museum, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, University of New Mexico Art Gallery, and the Guanlan International Printmaking Base in China. ------------------------------------ Parr Josephee is the namesake of one of the first and most prolific graphic artists from Cape Dorset, Nunavut. In 2015, Josephee collaborated with three other young Cape Dorset artists and Embassy of Imagination (EOI) on the unprecedented mural Piliriqatigiingniq in Toronto during the Pan Am Games. Josephee went on to mentor four youth artists from Cape Dorset for the second EOI mural down south, Qanuqtuurniq, in Montreal this past summer. Josephee also represented Cape Dorset on the Students on Ice expedition to Greenland. Under the scope of EOI, Josephee has worked with Hatanaka and Thompson (PA System) for three years. For Wall-to-Wall, he will be joining them as a guest artist to create a mural on the Vineyard Church building. This project marks the beginning of a year long adventure for the group, as they will be living together in Toronto while Josephee attends Oasis Skateboard Factory School.
Kenneth Lavallee is a Winnipeg born artist, alumnus of the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Primarily through the use of painting, drawing, and silkscreen, Kenneth produces personal work embracing traditional ideas of balance, interdependence and order in nature the cosmos, both aesthetically and thematically.
NEREO II Is a Multidisciplinary Artist ( Visual Artist/ Spoken Word Artist/ Filmmaker/ and Youth Mentor). He is a part time arts instructor for Graffiti Art Programming, and an honoured member of the Blueprint Pathways National organization, which specializes in Art Based Healing programs for incarcerated youth. Nereo is also part of the Manitoba Art Councils "Artist in the Schools" program which focuses on the integration of art into the regular school system. As a freelance Multidisciplinary artist, he also serves the public as a motivational speaker, live performance poet, live painter, mural artist, youth mentor, filmmaker. His mission is to utillize Art as creative way to promote a deeper study of oneself in order to fuel more vehicles of positive social change for the world at large.
NATALIE BAIRD // HANNAH DOUCET // TOBY GILLIES
@natbaird // @hannahglinski // @tobyigillies
Natalie Baird, Hannah Doucet and Toby Gillies are Winnipeg based artists and art facilitators. They have been united by their love for making art with each other and everyone else. Together they have worked on diverse projects such as, elaborate talent show acts, music videos, murals, as well as art workshops with children, youth, drunk people and the elderly.
REZA REZAÏ // GRAHAM WIEBE // THE TRAVELLING SIGN PAINTERS
mords-les.tumblr.com // @littlemoe // @thetravellingsignpainters
Reza Rezaï is a visual artist working primarily in the mediums of photography and conceptual text. His work deals with the repetition of the everyday, the obsessions of the human condition and the comfort of banality. He is currently the visual director of Harriet Quality Made as well as the executive assistant of La Maison des Artistes Visuals.------------- Graham Wiebe, born in Winnipeg, Manitoba completed his B.F.A. (Hons) Degree at the University of Manitoba. Employing the snapshot as material toward a visual memoir, Wiebe’s photographs become a record of impulse and engagement. These fragmentary and still documents weave together to highlight the intersection of the urban and suburban landscapes, creating an intimate portrait of youth culture rooted in time, place and personal experience. Wiebe has created several works using the thematic of Halloween, exploring this holidays uncanny aesthetic as a way of questioning personal anxieties during a time of juvenile purgatory. Wiebe’s photographs have been exhibited and published internationally and are in private collections around the world. He recently won the AGO AIMIA Photography Scholarship Prize Program, exhibiting his series Summerland at the Art Gallery Of Ontario. -------------- The Travelling Sign Painters started out as an idea in the early spring of 2015. Bridget Ellen said to Joseph Pilapil, "Hey we should do this thing". Joseph excitedly agreed. The following summer, Using reclaimed wood and a frame from a bike trailer, they built a cart with a detachable sandwich board. You can catch them from time to time on the streets of Winnipeg taking your requests signs to be painted. The Travelling Sign Painters' goals are to inform the public of this dying craft and create signs for everyone, showing that the sign is not just a sign, but a piece of well crafted art.
Focusing mainly on watercolors, andrew shandroski balances soft colours, minimal line work and a vast abstract imagination to create a style distinctly his own.
Jessica Canard is a multi-media visual artist with a focus on street art and murals. Born and currently based in Winnipeg, Manitoba she has goals of traveling and making art internationally. Her roots are from Sagkeeng First Nation where she is using art to explore and reclaim this part of her heritage but she also uses art as a tool for self-reflection/growth, to engage the public, and to build stronger communities. She believes art is about bringing people together and creating positive change.
Sarah Anne Johnson & Keir Johnson
Sarah Anne Johnson received her BFA from the University of Manitoba and completed her MFA at The Yale School of Art. Johnson’s work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions internationally. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards and is included in several distinguished collections. Currently, she lives in Winnipeg. She is represented by Julie Saul Gallery in New York, Stephen Bulger in Toronto, and Division Gallery in Montreal. Keir Johnson, Sarah's brother, received his MPA from the University of Manitoba, and no the "P" does not stand for Photography but rather public administration with a focus on health policy. New to the art scene, Keir loves to cook and drink, talents that complement his sister's. Sarah has reassured him this is a burgeoning art movement called relational aesthetics, and together the brother and sister team will explore this new frontier.
Collab Wall Crew
@cash_akoza @ten.spheres @vladkraynyk @ferdelanceee
Cash Akoza, Vladimir Kraynyk, Jade Rennie-Harper, and Ten Spheres are teaming up to bring some collaborative magic to The North End. Check out their LIVE painting as part of our huge Culture Days and Nuit Blanche celebration at 225 Sutherland Ave.
In The Middle
In the Middle of Canada we bridge the gap between design and construction, realizing projects from start to finish. Our team shares a diverse background in architecture, landscape architecture, and skilled trades. Our projects vary in scale and function which include new builds, product design, as well as artistic and socially engaging endeavours. It is the synthesis of creativity and craft that allows us to cultivate a unique character to our work. We are proud to be homegrown designers and builders here: In The Middle.