BIO

 

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APOLLONIA VANOVA is a Toronto-based artist and gallerist. Born in the former Czechoslovakia, and a graduate of the Emily Carr University of Art + Design, she examines the subject of narcissism in contemporary society, producing myth and allegory as her frequent subject and frame. 

Vanova works in various and contrasting media, including bronze, plastic, wood, acrylic, leather, wire, and hair. She articulates a hubris and hedonism unique to her generation, highlighting our appetite – however much in vain – to know and to have. Ultimately, Vanova takes care not to reveal too much, embodying the suggestion of depth beneath the derma of consumption and desire. Dualisms are encouraged. The mercurial is made to glint.
 
Vanova’s work has been exhibited in galleries across Canada, and acquired internationally in private collections. In 2014, she founded Gallery on Wade, which exhibits in art fairs internationally, and represents 14 emerging and mid-career artists.

 

 

 Born:

Czechoslovakia

Education:

2002 - Emily Carr University of Art and Design - BA Fine Arts, Sculpture Major

1999 - University of Western Ontario - Art History 

1995 - Apprenticeship at the Studio of Tommaso Gismondi - Anagni, Italy

Exhibitions:

2015 - AQUA Miami, Miami, Florida, USA

2015 - SUPERNOVA, Burlington, Ontario, Canada

2014 - SCOPE Miami Beach - Gallery on Wade

2014- (e)merge - Washington, DC, USA

2014 - The Artist Project, Toronto, Ontario, Installation Zone

2013 - Gallery on Wade, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

2013 - Nuit Blanche, Toronto, Ontario

2011 - The Artist Project, Toronto, Ontario

2010 - Dual Exhibition: Apollonia Vanova and Barrie Jones, Becker Galleries, Vancouver, BC

2008 - Brackendale Art Gallery, Brackendale, BC

2003 - Banff Center for the Arts, Banff, Alberta, BC

2000 - Whistler Art Gallery, Whistler, BC, Canada

1997 - London Regional Art and Historical Museum, London, Ontario

Commissions:

HSTA LTD., Ngee Ann City, Singapore

Liz Barkley Design Group, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Hal Sorente Architectural Firm, London, Ontario, Canada

Don Kilpatric Barrister and Solicitor, London, Ontario, Canada

Reviews and Articles:

Notable.ca, April, 2014

Metanoia Magazine, Vancouver, BC, 2011

Mudd Magazine, online, 2011

Squamish Chief, Dec. 3, 2010, A13

Mountain View Messenger, April 2009, Pages 6 - 12

London Business Magazine, Sep. 1993, Vol. 7, No. 7, Page 16