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Olivia Di Gregorio

I am an internationally exhibited and published new generation artist in Toronto, having graduated from OCAD University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Design in Illustration, and a minor in Drawing & Painting. I was selected as a finalist in the Beautiful Bizarre Magazine Art Prize in the Traditional Art category for 2021, invited to exhibit work at Modern Eden in San Francisco and WOW X WOW Gallery based in the UK, included in Canadian Tire’s 2022 Jumpstart Charity Art Auction, and published in Booooooom’s ‘Tomorrow’s Talent Vol.II’ curated art book. I also held my first solo exhibition, ‘Children of a Midnight Spring’, at the Likely General in November of 2021.

After a year of working as a caretaker for a disabled loved one, my recent paintings have become representative of an instinctual desire for survival. They describe stories about survivors of abuse, seeking safe spaces, and modes of escapism within planes of individual solitudes.

Drawing upon mythology and folklore, with changelings and sprites for inspiration, my oil paintings are made to echo sentiments of healing while contributing to dialogues about mental health. These paintings often act as a visual escape communicating secrets, acting as a means of understanding difficult experiences, and depicting how they shape us within our formative years. Introducing both transformative elements and complexity within landscapes of a dreamworld.
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