Artist Statement​ 

Art is a tool to express and communicate with the existing world around us. It is a therapeutic process where I can understand myself and my values. It is both internal and external work. Through art, I witness patterns within societal interactions. For example, how subcultures emerge, flourish and relate to other mainstream cultures. I am interested in how people view themselves, self-examine, and interact with one another. My work is about relationships, connections, and human psychology. I am interested in the human condition in contemporary life but also how it has evolved through time. Some of my pieces reference psychological theories and our brain structure.

Artist Bio 

Alondra Ruiz-Hernandez is a Toronto-born artist who works with a variety of media, primarily photography, painting, drawing and film/animations. She currently studies at OCAD University, majoring in Drawing and Painting. Alondra studied at Cawthra Park SS’ in their Visual Arts program from  2011 to 2013. She continued her studies in the visual arts at The Etobicoke School of the Arts from 2013 to 2015. She has won 19 Scholastic’s Arts and Writing Awards, including one Gold Key Award for an Art Portfolio, three Gold Key Awards for Photography, five Silver Key Awards for Photography, and one Silver Key Award for Painting. Alondra has had her work shown at the Twist Gallery, Artscape Youngplace, Artisans at Work, Propeller Gallery, Daniels Spectrum, 187 Gallery and Via 14 Bonifacio Lupi, Firenze. Her work was selected for Propeller Gallery's juried exhibition during Nuit Blanche in 2014. Alondra was a speaker at ART TALK 4 at OCAD University in 2015. She was chosen as one of the top 20 finalists in the Parsons competition I Am The New School in 2015. Alondra was also one of the Art Jurors in  2016 and in 2017 for the Etobicoke School of the Arts' applicants. She had a solo show Stitching Time at Propeller Gallery in June of 2017.  Alondra's work is published in the academic book Development of Dystopic Scenarios. In 2018 photography was published in Wot Is Art? Magazine, A5 Magazine and PhotoEd Magazine. Alondra's Collaborative film Dysmorphia won an honourable mention award in the Figureworks exhibition at St. Brigid’s Centre for the Arts, 2018.

Exhibitions

 

Figureworks,

Winners of the Honourable Mention

Juried Exhibition

St Brigid's Centre for the Arts

November 2018, 

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

 

 

Frutti: The Fruits of Our Labour

Group Exhibition

OCAD University

November 2018, 

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 

Emulsion II

Group Exhibition:

14 Bonifacio Lupi

May 2018,

Florence, Firenze, Italy

 

 

Emulsion I

Group Exhibition:

14 Bonifacio Lupi

December 2017,

Florence, Firenze, Italy

 

The Art of Talking to Yourself

Invited Exhibition:

Book Launch and  Art Show,

187 Gallery,

September 2017,

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 

Stitching Time

Solo Exhibition,

Propeller Gallery,

June 2017,

Toronto, Ontario, Canada 

 

 

 

 

Awenda Inspired

Group Exhibition,

Ada Slaight Student Gallery,

October 2016,

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

re-Vision

Juried Exhibition,

Propeller Gallery,

September-October, 2016,

Toronto, Ontario, Canada 

Where are You Really From?

Juried Exhibition,

Daniels Spectrum

March 11, 2016

 

Salon X

Propeller Gallery,

Juried Exhibition,

January 2016

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Magenta 

Flash Forward,

Incubator Program,

Juried Exhibition,

Twist Gallery,

September 2015,

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 

Awards & Achievements 

 

One Honorable Mention,

The Figureworks exhibition,

St. Brigid’s Centre for the Arts,

November 2018.

 

PhotoEd Magazine

Photography published in Canadian Magazine,

Winter Edition 2018

A5 Magazine  

Photography published in UK Magazine,

February 2018.

Wot Is Art?  

Photography published in UK Magazine,

February 2018.

Development of Dystopic Scenarios, 

Artwork published in academic design book,

September 2017.

Juror at Etobicoke School of the Arts’ 2017 Audition Day,

January 20, 2017.

 

Juror at Etobicoke School of the Arts’ 2016 Audition Day,

January 15, 2016

 

Speaker at Meet the Artist,

Propeller Gallery,

January 2016

 

Counselor at Etobicoke School of the Arts’ Visual Arts Camp,

Preparing young artist for Audition Day by building portfolio’s and introducing potential future students to ESA’s methods in the arts,

July 2015

 

Speaker at ART TALK 4, 
OCAD University,

February 2015

 

Top 20 finalist in Parsons Competition,

Parsons, The New School,

2015

 

Speaker at Meet the Artist,

Propeller Gallery,

April 2015

Gold Key Award for Art Portfolio, 
The Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards, 2015
Awarded to: Connection


Three Gold Key Awards for Photography, 
The Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards 2015
Awarded to: Beauty of the People, Present Moment

Five Silver Key Awards for Photography, 
The Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards 2015
Awarded to: Connections, Present Moment, Beauty of the People

Silver Key Award for Painting, 
The Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards 2015
Awarded to: Interconnected 

Eight Honorable Mentions, 
The Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards 2015

One Honorable Mention,
The Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards, 2014

The Contact Photography Exhibition

Artscape Youngplace,

May 2015,

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Salon IX

Juried Exhibition,

Propeller Gallery,

April 2015,

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Portfolio Day 5

Etobicoke School of the Arts,

November 2014

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Migration and Nuit Blanche Event

Juried Exhibition,

Propeller Gallery,

Official Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Project,

October 2014,

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 

Photo and Film Festival

Juried Exhibition,

Artisans at Work,

September 2014,

Toronto, Ontario, Canada