Wonder*&Story / Artwork by Emerging Canadian Artist Linds Miyo

Linds Miyo 

Self-taught artist Linds Miyo is a Canadian abstract painter. Born and raised in California, her work strives to evoke the strong, direct light of her childhood. A trauma survivor, Linds is interested in the balance between intention and that which is beyond our control, the meeting place between our best efforts and happenstance. She often uses broad representational panes of textured black in her work, washing layers of colour over top - folding the dark relief of the past into multi-dimensional present-day, with honesty, happiness and sparkle. 

Linds Miyo lives and works in Toronto, Canada. She is currently in studio residency at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Toronto.

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ARTIST DEVELOPMENT TIMELINE & EDUCATION

Artist – Self-Taught

First Ever Painting on Canvas
1985 

First Ever Art Social Media post (anonymously)
April 2018

First Ever Studio Space
June 2018

EXHIBITIONS

Juried Exhibition
September 2018
Queen West Art Crawl / Toronto                                     

Group Exhibition 
October-November 2018
Graven Feather In the Round 2018                                                        
Project Gallery / Toronto 

Group Exhibition
October – November 2018  
Celebration                                                                            
Artusiasm Gallery / Toronto

Group Exhibition
December 2018
Holiday Show
Akin Studios Ossington / Toronto

Group Exhibition     
December 2018
Holiday Show
Freedom Factory Gallery / Toronto  

Group Exhibition
December 2018 – January 2019
The Salon of Inclusiveness
Black Cat Gallery – Showroom / Toronto

Solo Exhibition
April 2019
Pop-up Gallery
Stackt Market Work/Shop / Toronto

Group Exhibition                    
April 2019
Visual Arts Movement
Freedom Factory Gallery / Toronto

 
Juried Exhibition                    
June 2019

Riverdale Art Walk / Toronto

Juried Exhibition
July 2019
Exhibited in Two Categories: 2D Works and Painting
Toronto Outdoor Art Fair / Toronto

AWARDS & RESIDENCIES

Residency
Akin Studio Program / Year 2 Cohort
Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto
Early Access – moved in June 2019
​(official program start October 2019)
June 2019 – October 2020

Award
"Loved by Tiffany Pratt"
Tiffany Pratt, Official ArtLove Envoy
Toronto Outdoor Art Fair 2019

 

 
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
 
Notable Professional Titles include:

Co-Founder / Vice President / Creative & Design Director / Brand Controller /
Managing Editor / Studio Manager / Creative Facilitator


Notable Personal Titles, all of which deeply inform my work:

Woman / Friend / Partner / Mother / Trauma Survivor /
​Listener / Observer / Activist


Why I Paint

I've painted all my life. "Oh, I paint... sometimes," I'd say. A pastime, a minor pleasure. Years could pass without painting, but the need was always there. I just wasn’t ready. I left painting alone.
 
My career, and indeed my existence, were formed by large commercial creative endeavors, moving cross country and then internationally while working in publishing, advertising and branding as an art director, creative director and creative facilitator. I helped others make many great things, a few of which I could even claim as my own - but they never felt quite true to me. It has taken me my entire life to see my truth – this is the time, this is the life, this is my community - I am an artist.
 
I am an artist because I believe there is more. We all need more. We need the wonder of unexpected beauty. We need light and color that expands our perceptions, which shakes us out of our predictable routines. I want to create the story of that beauty. I want to engage with the joy, to celebrate color, to revel in the power and energy it brings to even the smallest of our experiences.

These pieces are but a few examples of this philosophy. I have been an artist for a short period of time. As I embark on this fresh journey, I am emboldened by the ease at which the work comes. I am letting it flow. I am proud of this first “real” work of my career. Of my life.

There is more.

All paths have led me here.

I am an artist.


I hope that my work brings you happiness.

With colour, art, & love,
Linds

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