My practice is an ongoing investigation into the connections and gaps between the natural and the technological. My works are created using generative 3D modelling software, then painted by hand using oil on linen. The forms fluctuate between atmospheric and graphic, abstract and figurative, and artificial and natural. By embracing new digital means of reading space and content, the works draw attention to the every changing relationship between the human body and digital technology.
b. Toronto 1992
Represented by Robert Fontaine Gallery, Miami, FL.
2015 University of Waterloo, BA (Hons) Studio Specialization
Upcoming January 2020 Parallel Wilderness – Galerie AVE, Montréal, QC
Upcoming March 2020 Solo Exhibition – Robert Fontaine Gallery, Miami, FL
Group Exhibitions (selected)
2019 Threesome – 19 Karen Gallery, Queensland AUS
2019 Gardeàvue – Galerie Sabine Bayasli, Paris, FR
2019 – Galleria Nicola Pedana, Caserta, Italy
2019 Abstractions – Archive Contemporary, Montréal, QC
2019 Color & Form – Rauschenberg / Captiva Foundation, Florida
2019 While Supplies Last – Bellevue Arts Museum, Seattle, WA
2018 Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series – Centre Phi, Montréal, QC.
2018 Untitled, A Summer Exhibition – Robert Fontaine Gallery, Miami, FL.
2017 Festival Chromatic – Studio L’éloi, Montréal, QC.
2017 Pause, A Break – Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Banff, AB.
2017 Spectacular Celebrations – Papermill Gallery, Scarborough, ON. Juried by Ann MacDonald (Doris McCarthy Gallery)
2017 VAM 39th Annual Juried Exhibition – AGM, Mississauga, ON. Jurors: Michael Vickers, Sally McKay, Todd Tremeer
2016 Emerging Juried Exhibition – Ontario Society of Artists, Etobicoke, ON. Curators: Paria Shahverdi & Clare Ross. Jurors: Eileen Menzel, Peter Large, Gunilla Josephson
2016 The Artist Project – UNTAPPED Section, Better Living Centre, Toronto, ON.
2016 OPEN16 – Front Art Space, New York, NY. Curator: Dionisio Cortes Ortega
2015 Fresh Paint, New Construction (11th edition) – Art Mûr, Montreal, QC. Curators: Rhéal Olivier Lanthier & François St-Jaques
2015 ARTCOP21 – Bridge Centre for Architecture, Cambridge, ON. Curator: Nicole Langlois
2015 YES! – UWAG, Waterloo, ON. Curator: Ivan Jurakic
2015 PEEK – The Artery, University of Waterloo, ON. Curator: Zana Kozomora and Réka Szepesvari
2014 It Starts Here – Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo, ON. Curator: Valeria Rigler
2014 Tri-city StopGap (Pop-up exhibition) – Warehouse, Waterloo, ON
2019 – Vermont Studio Center, VT, USA
2017 – The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, AB
2016 – Ragdale Foundation, IL, USA
2017 Louis Muhlstock Endowment – The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity
2016 1st Place in Emerging Artists Exhibition – Ontario Society of Artists
2016 Untapped Emerging Artist Award – The Artist Project
2015 BMO 1st! Art Student Invitational Competition Nomination
2015 Liz Edwards Memorial Award – University of Waterloo
2015 Named ‘Most dedicated to her practice’ – UW Society of Fine Artists
2012 Excellence Award in Fine Arts – University of Waterloo
Art Fairs / Other
2019 (im)permanent collection – A+D Architecture and Design Museum, Los Angeles, CA 2019 Art Miami Fair – with Robert Fontaine Gallery, Miami Beach, FL
2019 Art Verona – with Galleria Nicola Pedana, Verona, Italy
2018 Art Miami Fair – with Robert Fontaine Gallery, Miami Beach, FL
2017 Art Gems Emerging Artist Section, Toronto, ON
Publications and Web Documents
2019 Masthead Magazine Op-Ed Artist Vickie Vainionpää unravels toward enlightenment.
2017 Creative Boom Pixels Meet Paint: Two worlds collide in Vickie Vainionpaa's intriguing art
2017 Booooooom Editor’s Pick
2017 BIG ART BOOK, Published by Scarborough Arts, January 2017
2015 Peinture Fraîche et Nouvelle Construction (Catalogue) Published by Art Mûr, July 18th 2015
2015 YES! Exhibition (Catalogue) Published by the University of Waterloo Art Gallery
2014 Melissa Johns, “Tri-City stopgap: By artists, for artists,” Imprint, October 30, 2014, P16
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