Faculty of Art

Drawing and Painting



aka. Heejae Jo,

“The shape of lives is not always perfect. It is stained, marked, crushed and scattered. So is art.”

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Heejae Jo was born in Seoul, Korea, in 1987. Having an interest in learning how people acquire emotion and their patterns of behavior, she studied Educational Psychology at Sookmyung Women’s University. Attending a women’s school also gave a great impact on her feministic perception.Studying abnormal psychology in university, she has been questioning the boundaries between normal and abnormal. In her art, she likes to experiment with what we believe is normal—tradition, universal value, and rational ways of thinking. She immigrated to Canada in 2015. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from OCAD University. Her identity as an immigrant and an Asian female with her interracial marriage life is a major subject matter in her art.In 2019, she decided to use her last name ‘Jo’, rather than ‘Shin’ which was granted by the male-centric convention. She chose ‘Jo’ from the names of people she loves the most.
OCAD U - Faculty of Art
Drawing and Painting
Major Completed, 2020
Sookmyung Women's University
Educational Psychology
Major Completed, 2011

Acrylic Painting Oil Painting Mixed Media Abstraction Portraiture Life Drawing

2020, Fresh Paint / New Construction
Art Mûr, Montreal
2020, Off the Screen 2020
Propeller Art Gallery, Toronto
2020, The Festival of The Body
OCAD University, Toronto
2019, Unknowable Unknowing
OCAD University, Toronto
2019, Pop Down
OCAD University, Toronto
2018, Migration
OCAD University, Toronto
2016, Why the @#&! Do You Paint?: Go Figure
Gladstone Hotel, Toronto
Sanitized Activity, Emerging Artist Exhibition (Upcoming)
Propeller Art Gallery, Toronto
VAM's 43rd Juried Show (Upcoming)
Visual Arts Mississauga at Riverwood, Mississauga
2020, Passion in Painting Award
Fred Hagan
2020, DRAWING & PAINTING CLASS OF 2020 GRADEx 105, Emerging Artist Award
Propeller Gallery