ANTIGUA & BARBUDA

Heather Doram, Rootedness

Known for her textiles and collages, Heather Doram (b. 1953) is one of the most celebrated artists in Antigua and Barbuda, having been awarded the Grand Cross of the Most Illustrious Order of Merit in recognition of the many cultural contributions she has made to her country. Doram has held the position of National Director of Culture, designed the national dress of Antigua and Barbuda, and participated in the 1995 Venice Biennale. She creates rich textiles that document the memories and experiences of Caribbean women using silk screen, batik, stitching and a palette of striking colours. Doram earned a BFA from the Edna Manley School of Visual Arts in Jamaica, and an MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia, USA.

ARGENTINA

Chiachio & Giannone, Ciudad frondosa

Leo Chiachio (b. 1969) and Daniel Giannone (b. 1964) have exhibited their textile art worldwide in numerous art galleries, museums and biennials. Their work is featured in the Museum of Art and Design’s 2014 survey of contemporary Latin American art New Territories: Laboratories for Design, Craft and Art in Latin America and in 2013, their “La famille dans la joyeuses verdure” was selected to be woven by Aubusson weavers as part of a revival of the famed Royal Aubusson tapestry tradition in France. Chiachio studied at the National Fine Arts School and Superior School of Fine Arts; Giannone studied with Argentine artists Sergio Bazán, Teresa Lascano and Graciela Canero. The couple’s self-portraits are set within elaborate embroidered scenes influenced by legends and myths of various world cultures and are created using traditional textile techniques such as quilting, sewing and appliqué.

ARUBA

Danilo Geerman, Evolving seeds

Known for his distinctive surrealist style, Danilo Geerman has been a practicing artist for over 25 years. He has exhibited extensively in his native Aruba, as well as the Netherlands, Curacao and the USA. In 2011 Geerman participated in an arts residency at Spark Box Studio in Picton, Ontario.

BAHAMAS

Dylan Rapillard

A Bahamian with roots in Switzerland, Dylan Rapillard (b. 1979) developed his interest in art over a series of years traveling back and forth between the countries of his heritage. He fragments, distorts and reassembles his subjects in his multi-media pieces allowing for refreshing interpretations on overlooked social realities.

BARBADOS

Elizabeth Stewart, I Had a Dream

Elizabeth Stewart, also known as “Balti”, is a Caribbean artist whose work is heavily influenced by her Barbadian upbringing and her Lokono Arawak heritage. Her work articulates the vibrancy and creativity of Caribbean culture. Her paintings are influenced by stained glass art of the Renaissance as well as African and indigenous woodcarving.

BELIZE

Pen Cayetano, Two Carambolas

Delvin "Pen" Cayetano (b. 1954, Dangriga, Belize) is a self-taught painter and musician whose work is mostly inspired by his Garifuna heritage. In 2013, Pen Cayetano received the prestigious Most Excellent Order ( M.B.E) of the British Empire for his wonderful and numerous contributions to music and art. 

BERMUDA

Ami Zanders, When the Bough Breaks

Ami Zanders (b. 1977, Bermuda) has been an enthusiastic and unconventional artist since the age of two years old when she made her first masterpiece on the living room wall with crayons and lipstick. An honors graduate of International Fine Arts College and Kean University, Zanders finds her inspiration from the work created by children and tribal cultures.

BOLIVIA

Sonia Falcone, Color Field

Sonia Falcone (b. 1965) was born in Santa Cruz, Bolivia and has represented her country in several international biennales including the 2013 Venice Biennale and the 2014 Dublin Biennial. Falcone’s work was also featured at the 2014 G77 United Nations summit in Bolivia and at London’s Pinta exhibition of contemporary Latin American art. Falcone’s “Color Field” evokes the cultural, geographic and political effects of the spice trade through an installation of hundreds of clay pots filled with the rich colours of the spices of the New World.

BRAZIL

Carolina Ponte, Untitled

Carolina Ponte (b. 1981) enjoys blurring the lines between drawing and sculpture, sometimes combining the two with large-scale installations comprised of detailed graphic drawings that transform into colorful free-form crochet forms. She is particularly interested in breaking down the separation between lowbrow art & highbrow art by creating highly aesthetic, ornamental works that possess within them an element of chaos.

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

Debi Carson, Neon Energy

Debi Carson’s abstract paintings are inspired by the BVI’s climate, culture, intense colors and natural beauty. Her artwork can be found in public and private collections throughout the world.

CANADA

Nadia Myre and Karen Elaine Spencer, AKI

Quebec-based multidisciplinary artists Nadia Myre and Karen Elaine Spencer have created a new work specifically for the 2015 Pan Am Games. Their play on words combines AKI (the Anishnabe-mowin word for ‘land’); AQUI (Spanish for ‘where’); A QUI (French for ‘whom’) and ACQUIRE (English for ‘get/win’) to roughly translate to: ‘who will win in this land here?’ “AKI” builds on the graphic language established in their collaborations on a custom rug design for London’s Canada House and a public art work for the University of Laval, Quebec.

Nadia Myre (b. 1974) is a member of the Kitigan Zibi Anishnabeg First Nation. For over a decade, she has worked with craft-based media and participant involvement to engage with themes of identity, language, and systems of power. Myre is a graduate from Emily Carr University of Art + Design and holds an MFA from Concordia University. She has exhibited internationally and throughout Canada, including the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Textile Museum of Canada. Myre is a recipient of numerous grants and awards, notably the 2014 Sobey Art Award.

Karen Elaine Spencer often employs everyday materials and experiences repeated over extended periods of time to consider how we occupy the world. She obtained her BFA from NSCAD (1986) and an MFA from Université du Québec à Montréal (2001). Spencer has exhibited throughout Quebec and Ontario, including Toronto’s 7a*11d performance art festival, and is the recipient of the prestigious 2012 Powerhouse Prize.

CAYMAN ISLANDS

Randy Chollette, Therefore the Sage

An intuitive, self-taught artist, Randy Chollette’s vibrant work is often distinguishable by its signature black outlined mosaic configurations delineating the movement of water, air and matter. He speaks of his love for the natural beauty of the Cayman Islands claiming it as his inspiration. 

 

CHILE

Malu Stewart, Cauquenes

Malu Stewart (b. 1962, Chile) studied painting at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and completed post graduate studies at the Slade School of Fine Art in London. She works within the margins of painting, where she uses unorthodox, everyday materials to explore the formal lessons inherited by European abstraction, pointillism and photomechanics.

COLOMBIA

Maite Tobon, The Fruit Seller

Maite Tobon brings an energetic, vibrant and simplified view of figures from her native country Colombia. As an artist, she has distilled her memories into figurative paintings which blend influences of the Caribbean Coast life and the African culture as well as Latin-American Folk.

COSTA RICA

Felix Murillo, Nacieron Libres (They Were Born Free)

Felix Murillo (b. 1971, San Jose) is a self-taught artist who lives and works in Costa Rica.  His artworks carry the viewer into an aquatic dream of fish and other fanciful figures.

CUBA

Alejandro Gómez Cangas, Concreción No. 9

Alejandro Gómez Cangas (b. 1986, Villa Clara, Cuba) is a recent graduate of the University of Arts in Havana with a specialty in painting. His large-scale studies of anonymous crowds are composed of a diverse range of individuals, each with their own implied narrative. Works by Alejandro Gómez may be found in private collections in Cuba, USA, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Brazil, Peru, Spain, England, Italy, Denmark and Switzerland.

DOMINICA

Pauline Marcelle, More Mas (Series: Bend Down Boutique 74)

Born in Dominica, West Indies, Pauline Marcelle studied art at the University for Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria and is primarily known for her strong expressive paintings in which she connects the intensity of modern art with the expressivity and figuration of her Caribbean origin. Her works reflect on the subject of human meetings and encounters, their variety, interaction and influential effects of the social surrounding.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Fernando Tamburini, Untitled

Fernando Tamburini (b. 1961, Dominican Republic) graduated from the Altos de Chavón School of Design in 1987 and travelled to NYC where he worked as a fashion and textile designer. He currently produces work in his studio in La Romana, Dominican Republic.

EQUADOR

Paula Barragán, Diseño para bordados Zuleta (Design for Zuleta embroidery)

Paula Barragán (b. 1963, Quito, Ecuador) received her BFA at the Pratt Institute and also studied printmaking and painting in San Francisco and Paris. Her work has been exhibited throughout South America, Spain, Germany and New York and can be found in the Museum of the Central Bank of Ecuador as well as many private collections. Barragán draws her inspiration primarily from the vibrant culture of Ecuador.

EL SALVADOR

Boris Ciudad Real, Elephante

Boris Ciudad Real (b. 1981) is quickly gaining prominence among the best El Salvadorian artists. Real employs subtle visual language to communicate and explore social messages connected with migration, economic inequality and childhood in his painting.

GRENADA

Maureen St. Clair, Resisto Dancing

Maureen St. Clair seeks to create positive change within her Grenadian community by depicting strong, vibrant women in her artwork. St. Clair also contributes to society as a community development worker and by giving profits from her paintings to community youth peace projects in Grenada. Her work has been shown in Ontario, Nova Scotia, Grenada and the United States.

GUATEMALA

Hugo Gonzalez Ayala, Pueblo y milpa 1

Hugo Gonzalez Ayala’s (b. 1954) paintings explore the landscape of his native Guatemala through careful studies of the rolling mountainsides, sundrenched cornfields, and dark city streets. Ayala studied, and later taught, at Guatemala’s National School of Arts and has exhibited widely in Guatemala City as well as in France, Mexico, Denmark, Spain, and the United States.

GUYANA

Marlon Forrester, Leaves of Justice

Marlon Forrester (b. 1976), originally from Guyana, queries media and corporate images of black bodies through his painting. A graduate of The School of Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and Yale School of Arts (painting/printmaking). Forrester has shown at the MFA Boston, New York and nationally. He is currently a resident artist at the African-American Masters Artist Residency Program at Northeastern University.

HAITI

Christina Clodomir - Makeda, Similarity in Diversity

Christina Clodomir (b. 1984), also known as "Makeda", draws inspiration for her paintings from the visual intensity of Haiti’s natural landscape. Makeda has exhibited widely in Haiti, as well as France, Thailand and the United States. She lived in Toronto, Ontario in 2010.

HONDURAS

Bella Wilshire, Island Time

Bella Wilshire trained at the Chelsea School of Art in London before making Roatán, Honduras her home. Wilshire draws on her experience as a dive master, sailor and traveler to create abstract images of the underwater and natural world.

JAMAICA

Bernard Hoyes, Sweeping Ribbons

Bernard Hoyes (b. 1951) has created five decades of work that records and celebrates the culture of the African Diaspora. While living in the United Sates, Hoyes founded the Caribbean Cultural Institute and Caribbean Arts, Inc. to promote Caribbean artistic culture in the United States. Hoyes studied painting at the California School of Arts and Crafts in Oakland.

MEXICO

Héctor Falcón, Extraccion Modula Contructiva 2 (blue balls)

Héctor Falcón (b. 1973) has built a prolific career in contemporary art.  With over 35 solo exhibitions and 140 group exhibitions, his work has been presented in many galleries around the world including the Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. Falcón’s work covers a wide range of media and media, from painting, sculpture, photography, video and installation.

NICARAGUA

Alejandro Benito Cabrera, La Comarca

Alejandro Benito Cabrera (b. 1962) is a leading artist in Nicaragua’s Primivista Painting Movement. Cabrera has exhibited across Nicaragua, in several South American countries, the United States, Russia, and Canada, and was the featured visiting artist at the 24th annual University of Pittsburgh Latin American and Caribbean Festival.

PANAMA

Maria Raquel Cochez, Paint by Number Whale

Maria Raquel Cochez (b. 1978, Panama) has been included in numerous group shows and art fairs including “Perspective Strokes”; Women Artists of Panama” as well as Biennials of Visual Art of the Central American Isthmus in Nicaragua and Panama. Through her playful celebration of sugary indulgences, Cochez examines the dynamic between beauty ideals and food culture. Her indie photobook “My Friends” can be found in the collection of the Toronto Zine Library.

PARAGUAY

Renatta Avila, Navidad de Flor de coco

Renatta Ávila’s (b. 1981) paintings feature Paraguayan community and culture set against backdrops of otherworldly skies and populated with angels and mystical creatures . A graduate of Ascunción’s Instituto Superior de Arte, Ávila has won several awards for her work and teaches fine arts at the university and college level.

PERU

Magaly Sánchez, Bañistas X - Rubik methode

Magaly Sánchez (b. 1969, Peru) graduated from the Faculty of Arts of the Catholic University of Peru. Sánchez’s painting practice draws on popular imagery and incorporates a variety of media. She has exhibited her work in North and South America for two decades. 

PUERTO RICO

Ricardo Ávalo, Horizontes ardientes

Ricardo Ávalo (b. 1967, San Juan) studied painting at the University of Puerto Rico and has been exhibiting his work for 25 years. Ávalo’s abstracts reflect his continual commitment to formal experimentation.

SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS

Kate Spencer, Blue Caribbean

Kate Spencer (b. 1952, England) studied portraiture at Cecil Graves School in Florence, Italy. St. Kitts has been her home since 1978 and continues to be the artist’s primary source of inspiration.

SAINT LUCIA

Llewellyn Xavier, Eye of the Dragonfly

Llewellyn Xavier (b. 1945) is one of Saint Lucia’s foremost internationally acclaimed artists. In 2004, he received the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in recognition of his politically and environmentally conscious artwork in a career spanning over 40 years. In the 1970s, Xavier was one of a number of groundbreaking UK-based Black artists who were producing art that engaged directly with political issues such as discrimination against Blacks. As part of a world-tour, Xavier located to Toronto briefly in the mid-1970s when his work was shown at the Art Gallery of Ontario. He is represented in the collections of the Smithsonian Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MOMA, the Ulster Museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Victoria & Albert Museum.

SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES

Camille Musser, Carnival

Camille Musser pays homage to the nature and architecture of St. Vincent and the Grenadines in her work. Musser was one of five female artists featured in the documentary Who Does She Think She Is? and is the founder of the Youlou Art Foundation which seeks to promote excellence in visual, performing and literary art through education in her homeland.

SURINAME

Marcel Pinas, KON UN TAKI II

Marcel Pinas, trained at Jamaica’s Edna Manley College, promotes his Maroon cultural heritage through his artwork as well as through the founding of the cultural community centre,  Tembe Art Studio. Tembe includes an art school, a sculpture park, intended to offer a path to self sufficiency for Surinamese youth. Pinas has been named a Young Global Leader by Geneva’s World Economic Forum for his work.

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

Christopher Cozier, Afro Ophelia

Christopher Cozier (b. 1959) is a Trinidad-based artist, curator, writer, and cultural activist, celebrated for his role in developing contemporary art discourse and practice throughout the Caribbean. He holds a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and an MFA from Rutgers University and is a recipient of Netherland’s prestigious Prince Claus Award (2013). In 2006, he co-founded Alice Yard, a non-profit art organization in Port of Spain where he is a member of the editorial collective Small Axe, a Caribbean Journal of Criticism, distributed by Duke University Press. His work has been widely exhibited internationally, including Toronto’s ASpace gallery, the Brooklyn Museum, Tate Liverpool and Spain’s Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea. He is the subject of a 2005 video piece by Toronto-based artist Richard Fung titled Uncomfortable: The Art of Christopher Cozier.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Chris Johanson, LA Life

Chris Johanson is a Los Angeles based artist and musician. Johanson also owns the record and publication label Awesome Vistas, and creates furniture collaborations with his wife, artist Johanna Jackson. Johanson’s work has been included in group exhibitions around the world, including the 2004 the Whitney Biennial, the 8th Istanbul Biennial, and A Print Salon at Toronto’s Birch Contemporary gallery. In 2013, publishing house Phaidon released his monograph as part of its Contemporary Artists Series. In addition to art exhibitions, curating, creating publications, making records and furniture, and playing with the band Sun Foot, Johanson established the Quiet Music Festival of Portland in 2011, a community listening experience.

URUGUAY

Santiago Velazco, Untitled

Santiago Velazco’s (b. 1976) work can be found in galleries as well as on the streets of Montevideo, Uruguay. Velazco studied art at the Foundation for Contemporary Art and is a member of the Níspero collective.

US VIRGIN ISLANDS

Lucien Downes, Phoenix Rising

Lucien Downes was born and raised in the U.S. Virgin Islands and has participated in numerous exhibitions around the Caribbean and United States. His pieces are displayed in the homes of Maya Angelou, Teddy Rielly, and many private collections around the world.

VENEZUELA

Paulo Castro, Bubble Gum

Paulo Castro (b. 1974) is a leading contemporary artist in Venezuela. Castro creates vibrant geometric works by stretching elastic fabrics across his canvases.