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Drawing and Painting

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Drawing and Painting

“My multidisciplinary approach is rooted in the practice of decreation. I burn documents and materials that are representative of homophobic ideologies and use the resulting ashes as pigment for oil paintings. The final compositions often contain religious undertones which convey the narrative of liberation. These works are accompanied by bronze sculptural components and a projection-based installation which documents the process of desecration.”

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Chris Canales-Cisneros is a Toronto-based painter of Salvadorian descent. While his practice is primarily based in drawing and painting, their work constantly expands into sculpture and installation. His work is concerned with exploring issues of identity, which entails their heritage, sexuality, gender, and most importantly, the intersectionality of these fields. Currently completing his bachelor's in fine arts at OCADU, majoring in the drawing and painting program and minoring in sculpture and installation, his recent artistic focus is a line of work that combines these two fields of study through accompanying sculptures that involve their paintings into a larger artistic process that ultimately results in an installation-based approach.
OCAD U - Faculty of Art
Minor In progress
OCAD U - Faculty of Art
Drawing and Painting
Major Completed, 2023

Foundry Woodwork Mould-making Installation Drawing and Painting

2023, The Fabric of Identity: Solo Exhibition
Ada Slaight Gallery
2022, Proud You
KunstMatrix Digital exhibit
2020, First Self
Digital exhibit
2020, The Exploration of Drawing
KunstMatrix Digital exhibit
2019, Opening Night Reception
LeTao Gallery Café, 356 College St
2019, Class of 2019
Art Gallery of Mississauga. 300 City Centre Dr, Mississauga, ON
2023, Marsh Urquart Memorial Scholarship: For excellence in drawing and Painting
2021, IODE Ontario Scholarship
2019, Academic Achievement; Highest Grade Point Average in Visual Arts, Digital Arts, and Study of Fashion