First Solo Exhibition “Delirious soul”
October 4th to November 27th, 2022 cSPACE
1721 29th Avenue SW. Level 3 Hallway gallery and Cupola gallery on the 4th floor.
Apiow Akwai is an emerging visual artist based in Calgary, Alberta. She discovered her passion for arts at the age of six. What started as a creative and emotional outlet led to her deep respect and appreciation for the arts.
She first became interested in pursuing a career in visual arts after attending her first exhibition devoted to Michelangelo Merisi Caravaggio at the National Gallery of Canada. Caravaggio’s style incorporates raw and haunting emotions that resonate deeply with Apiow as a person and as an artist; greatly inspiring her work. Her work primarily consists of portraits, landscape, and human figures that are created in oils and acrylics on canvas. Apiow uses deliberate compositions and symbolism to shed light on the dark and beautiful chaos of emotions that is intentionally portrayed across all her work. The use of art therapy and the correlation between mental health and self-discovery are tools Apiow uses as inspiration when creating a new body of work.
Apiow graduated from Sheridan College in the Visual and Creative Arts program; with hopes of becoming a registered Art Therapist. She is currently working towards a degree in Psychology with a minor in Family Studies at St. Mary’s University. She has worked with non-profit organizations such as Centre for Newcomers and The Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada and has spearheaded art-based initiatives to inspire young people from at-risk communities to have an outlet. She has over six years of experience working with youth in educational, recreational programming, mentorship as well as teaching visual arts. She is working on a new project for the City of Calgary Northeast Public Art Initiative with a budget of $42,000. Apiow is also curating her first solo exhibition for Fall 2022, that is funded by Calgary Arts Development. Her work will be exhibited at Cspace on Level 3 Hallway gallery and Cupola gallery on the 4th floor from October 4th to November 27th, 2022. The opening reception will be held October 27th 6:30 to 8pm. She has also been selected to take part in the Artist as Changemaker Residency in association with Trico Changemakers studio, Mount Royal University and Calgary Arts Development from September 2022 to May 2024.
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