Aleksandra Rdest

Toronto, Ontario

Bio

Rdest believes the ultimate elegance lies in simplicity. Her practice is intuitive, paintings develop many layers over many sessions of reflection and response.

In this series or work, gestural marks are set against a background of meticulously applied striations of paint. Rdest is informed by her landscape and macro photography taken on meditative walks in nature; in the studio she applies many thin layers of oil glazes to canvas in order to create bold emotive works.

A graduate of OCAD, Rdest is represented by several galleries and consultants. Her work has been featured and included in exhibitions in Toronto, Kelowna, Vancouver, Calgary, St. John’s, Montreal, Saskatoon, Chicago and Yokohama; in commercial and public galleries. Rdest has exhibited with art collectives Femme Five and A Collection of Foreign Objects. Her work has been presented in print as well as online publications. Ever evolving, Rdest creates subtly sublime paintings for corporate, retail, hospitality and private collections.

Rdest’s works are included in collections at Four Seasons Toronto, Delta Toronto Downtown, Allure of the Seas, Royal Bank of Canada, Holt Renfrew Toronto, Canaccord Capital Corporation, Houston; Cadillac Fairview Toronto; Burnac Corporation, Toronto; GMP Montreal, NORDSTROM Yorkdale, Eaton Centre Toronto, Pacific Centre Vancouver, Honolulu, other  locations in USA; Thunder Valley Casino; and Private Collections.

Rdest believes the ultimate elegance lies in simplicity. Her practice is intuitive, paintings develop many layers over many sessions of reflection and response.

In this series or work, gestural marks are set against a background of meticulously applied striations of paint. Rdest is informed by her landscape and macro photography taken on meditative walks in nature; in the studio she applies many thin layers of oil glazes to canvas in order to create bold emotive works.

A graduate of OCAD, Rdest is represented by several galleries and consultants. Her work has been featured and included in exhibitions in Toronto, Kelowna, Vancouver, Calgary, St. John’s, Montreal, Saskatoon, Chicago and Yokohama; in commercial and public galleries. Rdest has exhibited with art collectives Femme Five and A Collection of Foreign Objects. Her work has been presented in print as well as online publications. Ever evolving, Rdest creates subtly sublime paintings for corporate, retail, hospitality and private collections.

Rdest’s works are included in collections at Four Seasons Toronto, Delta Toronto Downtown, Allure of the Seas, Royal Bank of Canada, Holt Renfrew Toronto, Canaccord Capital Corporation, Houston; Cadillac Fairview Toronto; Burnac Corporation, Toronto; GMP Montreal, NORDSTROM Yorkdale, Eaton Centre Toronto, Pacific Centre Vancouver, Honolulu, other  locations in USA; Thunder Valley Casino; and Private Collections.



Curriculum Vitae

2021 Gallery Little Red Pop Up Tronto

2015 LOVE ART, RUMI GALLERY, TORONTO

2014 Public art installation ongoing: Delta Hotel Toronto Lobby

2013 PAST MEETS PRESENT, RUMI GALLERY, Mississauga

2013 “MATERIAL GIRLS” Femme Five Art Collective Creative Blueprint Gallery Toronto

2013 “Paint the town” Sopa Fine Arts, Kelowna

2012 “Field Trip project” Touring exhibition Japan/canada

2011 Art toronto, Rumi gallery, toronto

2011 “CRISScross”, Sopa Fine Arts, Kelowna

2010 “Bungalow Colony” Gendai Gallery, Toronto

2010 “SWAGGER AND SASHAY” Angell Gallery Project Space, Toronto [solo]

2010 “Color Salute”, Sopa Fine Arts, Kelowna

2010 “When the dust settles” Angell Gallery, Toronto

2009 “Nomads No More” DeLeon White Gallery, Toronto [2 person]

2009 “Impulse Equation”, Switch Contemporary, Toronto

2009 “By Degrees”, Sopa Fine Arts, Kelowna

2009 Pool NY Art Fair, New York

2009 “Works on Paper”, Sopa Fine Arts, Kelowna

2008 “Postcards from the Void” Tatar Gallery, Toronto [solo]

2008 SOPA Fine Arts, Kelowna

2007 “? Group Exhibit” Bjornson Kajiwara Gallery, Vancouver

2007 “Fuzz” Newzones, Calgary

2007 “Le Soleil Noir” Tatar Gallery, Toronto

2007 “New Work: Pouch Cove” James Baird Gallery, St. John’s [solo]

2006 “My Secret City” part of Nuit Blanche Toronto

2006 “Spell”, Thames Art Gallery, Chatham, ON

2006 Galerie D’Este, Montreal

2006 “In Transit” Gosia Koscielak Studio and Gallery, Chicago

2006 NOVA Art Fair Chicago with Gosia Koscielak Studio and Gallery

2006 “Young Toronto Painters”, James Baird Gallery>Pouch Cove, NFLD

2006 “Generated Habitats”, 2-1022 Queen Street West, Toronto

2005 “Spell”, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon

2005 “Spell”, Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa

2005 “Big Show” 1139 College Street, Toronto

2004 “Trans Tokyo” Propeller Centre for the Arts, Toronto

2004 “Trans” Big Studio Gallery, Yokohama, Japan

2004 “Summer Group Show” Pari Nadimi Gallery, Toronto

2003 Pari Nadimi Gallery, Toronto [solo]

2002 Graduate Ontario College of Art and Design

2011 Winner, Flash Forward 2011: Emerging Photographers, Magenta Foundation

2007 Short listed for the RBC Painting Competition

2007 Canada Council for the Arts Production Grant

2002 David L. Stevenson Scholarship  

2001 A.V. Issacs Tuition Scholarship

  • Profile: Digital Temple Magazine, March 2010 http://www.digital-temple.com/
  • BlogTO” Profiles of emerging artists
  • “Na Luzie” OMNI Television’s Polish-language culture program; feature segment, December 2008
  • “Glowing Reviews for Aleks Rdest” Current Magazine, August 2007
  • Angela Antle, Interview, CBC Radio July 22, 2007
  • “Aleks Rdest’s Paintings” Current Magazine, March 2007
  • “Living in NL” CBC Television St. John’s, March 5, 2007
  • Hohmann, Skye. “Interview with Aleksandra Rdest” Rind Magazine , rindmag.com
  • Goddard, Peter. “Abstract retro torque” Toronto Star, April 2003

  • 2010  Siya Chen, Daisuke Takeya, Bungalow Colony Exhibition Catalogue
  • 2008  Magenta Foundation’s Publication Carte Blanche: Painting
  • 2007 RBC Painting Competition, Semi Finalist Exhibition Catalogue
  • 2007   Pouch Cove Foundation Fundraiser 2007, Art Auction Catalogue, Toronto
  • 2006   Skye Hohmann, Generated Habitats, 2-1022 Queen Street West, Toronto ON
  • 2005   Jordan Broadworth, Jonathan Forrest, Spell, Mendell Art Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
  • 2005   Ann Ireland, Michelle Jaques, Big Show, 1139 College Street, Toronto
  • 2003 – 2005 Art With Heart, Casey House Art Auction Catalogue, Toronto

Four Seasons Toronto, Allure of the Seas, Royal Bank of Canada, Holt Renfrew Toronto, Canaccord Capital Corporation, Houston; Cadillac Fairview Toronto; Burnac Corporation, Toronto; GMP Montreal, NORDSTROM Multiple locations; Thunder Valley Casino; Private Collections

2008 – 2012: Creative Director, Tatar Gallery / Tatar Art Projects

2003 – 2006: Director, Tatar Gallery

2002: Assistant Director, Tatar Gallery

2002: Gallery Assistant, Angell Gallery

Alumni Artist; OCADU Painting thesis 2013

Co-Curator, Upcycling: Recuperating Past Lives, A Pop up Exhibit in the Future Home of A+D Architecture and Design Museum, Los Angeles, 2009

Artist Talk: OCAD painting thesis, 2007

Pouch Cove Artist Residency, Oct/Nov 2006

Co-Curator, Generated Habitats, Toronto 2006

Visiting Artist, Fanshaw College, London, ON 2006

Co-Curator, Trans Tokyo Propeller Centre for the Arts, Toronto 2004

Member of A Collection of Foreign Objects; Collective 2004 – present; See http://acofo.blogspot.com/

 

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