Bio 

Alondra Ruiz- Hernandez is a cross-disciplinary artist primarily focusing on photography and painting. She is currently pursuing a MA in Fine Art UAL's Chelsea College of Arts. She completed her major in Drawing and Painting and minor in Social Sciences (graduated both with distinction) at OCAD University. Alondra’s interest in diverse cultures and her passion for informed research helped her win a coveted place in OCAD U’s self-directed Florence Program, where she studied from 2017-2018. In 2017, she won a scholarship to study culture in China at Jiangnan University. In high school she attended art-specific schools, majoring in Contemporary Arts at Etobicoke School of the Arts from 2013-2015 and Visual Arts at Cawthra Park Secondary School from 2011 to 2013. Her film Fragmentation was included in the film reel featured at the 2020 LATE AT TATE event. Alondra won OCAD U’s Social Sciences Award and was published in the Arts and Science Review in 2020. She exhibited her paintings Collective Trauma in the 2019 Toronto Biennial of Art. Alondra’s Period Portraits were selected for TheMuseum’s FLOW exhibition in Kitchener during March 2019. She also participated as a selected speaker in the Art Panel discussing the de-stigmatization of menstruation during the FLOW exhibition. In February 2019 Canadian Art Magazine featured Alondra’s Period Portraits on their article about the FLOW exhibition. Alondra's Collaborative film Dysmorphia won an Honourable Mention award in the Figureworks exhibition at St. Brigid’s Centre for the Arts, 2018. In 2018 Alondra's photography was published in Wot Is Art? Magazine, A5 Magazine, and PhotoEd Magazine. Alondra's artwork is published in the academic design guide Development of Dystopic Scenarios in 2017. Alondra was also one of the Art Jurors in  2016 and in 2017 for the Etobicoke School of the Arts' applicants. 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 in 2015. She was chosen as one of the top 20 finalists out of 11,000 applicants in the Parsons competition I Am The New School in 2015.

Statement  

Alondra visually addresses the ambiguous area where her cultures (Mexico and Canada) collide. This investigates the dual identity that Alondra—and that any generational immigrants could—experience. Her work varies in medias just as it echoes the concept of one’s fluidity of identity. This overlap in media serves to establish a discussion about the boundaries within cultures, artisanry, and high art along with fashion.

In contemplating ambiguous identity it seems unfeasible not to consider the current socio-political context, specifically the migrant crisis, climate crises, and currently the health crisis of the Covid-19 pandemic. Alondra proposes and investigates a concept that these crises are outcomes of a traumatized society. The philosopher Marshal McLuhan predicted the world as a global village that would continue to shrink as technological development evolved. McLuhan compares interconnected communication networks to a ‘global nervous system’. Extending this analogy, it can be concluded that, like any other consciousness, this system can also experience trauma and react accordingly.

Education

Education

• 2020-2021, UAL Chelsea College of Arts, MA Fine Arts, London, UK

• 2015-2020, OCAD University, Drawing & Painting Major, Social Science Minor, Toronto, Canada

•  2017-2018, OCAD University, Off-Campus Florence Program, Florence, Italy

• 2017, Jiangnan University, Chinese Culture Program, Wuxi, China

• 2013-2015,  Etobicoke School of Arts, Contemporary Visual Arts Program, Toronto, Canada

• 2011-2013, Cawthra Park SS, Visual Arts Program, Toronto, Canada

 

Solo Exhibition

• 2021, Somatic Shift, The Cookhouse Gallery, London, Uk

• 2020-2021, The Night’s Breath Responds to the Sea, Quest Art, Midland, Canada

• 2017, Stitching Time, Propeller Gallery, Toronto, Canada

Events

• 2021, The Faces at Braga, Performance reciting David Whyte's poem, William Goodenough College, Uk

• 2020, LATE AT TATE BRITAIN ONLINE, TATE, London, UK

Festivals

• 2021, Bloomsbury Festival, Shades of Light, Conway Hall, London, UK

• 2021, MAFA INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL, Chelsea College of Arts, International

• 2019, Toronto Biennial of Art, Unknowable Unknowing, Toronto, Canada

Juried Exhibitions

• 2019, Unknowable Unknowing, The Great Hall OCAD University, Toronto, Canada  • 2019, FLOW | The Menstruation Exhibition, THEMUSEUM, Kitchener, Canada  

• 2018, Figureworks, Winner of the Honourable Mention, St Brigid's Centre for the Arts, Ottawa, Canada

• 2017, The Art of Talking to Yourself, 187 Gallery, Toronto, Canada

• 2016, Re-Vision, Propeller Gallery, Toronto, Canada

• 2016, Where Are You Really From? Daniels Spectrum, Toronto, Canada

• 2016, Salon X, Propeller Gallery, Toronto, Canada

• 2015, Magenta Flash Forward, Incubator Program, Twist Gallery, Toronto, Canada

• 2015, Salon IX, Propeller Gallery,  Toronto, Canada

• 2014, Migration, Nuit Blanche, Propeller Gallery, Toronto, Canada

• 2014, Photo & Film Festival, Artisans at Work, Toronto, Canada

 

Group Exhibitions

​• 2021, RALLY!, Chelsea College of Arts, London and International Location

​• 2021, Utopian Worlds, Digital Exhibition, International collaborations

​• 2020, Cookhouse Exhibition, The Cookhouse Gallery, London, UK

​• 2020, Track & Fauna, Outdoor Performance Piece, London, UK

​• 2020, Connected Disconnection,Video Exhibition, UAL Chelsea College of Arts, London, UK

​•2019, GradEx 104, OCAD University, Toronto, Canada

• 2019, A Night of Filth & Decadence, The Great Hall OCAD University, Toronto, Canada

• 2018, Frutti: The Fruits of Our Labour, The Great Hall OCAD University, Toronto, Canada

• 2018, Emulsion II, 14 Via Bonifacio Lupi, Florence, Italy

• 2017, Emulsion I, 14 Via Bonifacio Lupi, Florence, Italy

• 2016. Awenda Inspired, Ada Slaight Student Gallery, Toronto, Canada

• 2015, The Contact Photography Exhibition, Artscape Youngplace, Toronto, Canada

• 2014, Portfolio Day 5, Etobicoke School of the Arts, Toronto, Canada

 

Art Booth

 

• 2019, REFLECT, RAW TO, Mod Club Theatre, Toronto, Canada

Awards

 

• 2020, The Social Science Award, OCAD U

• 2018, Figureworks, Honourable Mention

• 2015, ‘I AM THE NEW SCHOOL’ Finalist, Parsons, The New School 

• 2015, The Scholastic Arts Awards, 1 Gold Key Award for Art Portfolio

• 2015, The Scholastic Arts Awards, 3 Gold Key Awards (Photography)

• 2015, The Scholastic Arts Awards, 5 Silver Key Awards (Photography)

• 2015, The Scholastic Arts Awards, 1 Silver Key Award (Painting)

• 2015, The Scholastic Arts Awards, 8 Honorable Mentions

• 2014, The Scholastic Arts Awards, 1 Honorable Mention

Talks

• 2021, Port Talk, William Goodenough College, London, UK

• 2020, The Night’s Breath Responds to the Sea Artist Conversation, Quest Art, Midland, Canada

• 2019, Artist Panel FLOW | The Menstruation Exhibition, THEMUSEUM, Kitchener, Canada  

• 2016, Meet the Artist, Propeller Gallery, Toronto, Canada

• 2015, ART TALK 4, OCAD University, Toronto, Canada​

• 2015, Meet the Artist, Propeller Gallery, Toronto, Canada

Juror

• 2019, Audition Day, Etobicoke School of the Arts, Toronto, Canada

• 2015, Audition Day, Etobicoke School of the Arts, Toronto, Canada

Publication

• 2019, BlogTo, featured in '25 Artist to Watch from the OCADU Graduation Exhibition​' article, Canada

• 2019, Canadian Art, Image featured in 'Canadian Museum Plans Exhibition on Menstruation' article, Canada

• 2018-2019, Photo Ed Magazine, full page on the digital edition of 'Studio Magic: Baby it's Cold Outside', Canada

• 2018, Wot Is Art? full page on '2018 February Edition' print, UK

• 2018, A5 Magazine, full page on '2018 February Edition' print, UK

• 2017, Development of Dystopic Scenarios, 10 artworks in academic design guide, Mexico

Publication Project

• 2020, MAFAZINE, London, UK

Instructor

• 2017, Art Camp, Etobicoke School of the Arts, Toronto, Canada

• 2016, Art Camp, Etobicoke School of the Arts, Toronto, Canada

• 2015, Art Camp, Etobicoke School of the Arts, Toronto, Canada

• 2014-2015, Private Art Lessons for Children, Mississauga, Canada

2020-2021

2015–2020 

2017–2018       

2017                   

2013–2015  

2011–2013

•           UAL Chelsea College of Arts, MA Fine Arts, London, UK

•           OCAD University, Drawing & Painting Major, Social Science Minor, Toronto, Canada

•           OCAD University, Off-Campus Florence Program, Florence, Italy

•           Jiangnan University, Chinese Culture Program, Wuxi, China

•           Etobicoke School of Arts, Contemporary Visual Arts Program, Toronto, Canada

•           Cawthra Park SS, Visual Arts Program, Toronto, Canada

Solo Exhibition

2021

2020-2021

2017 

•           Somatic Shift, The Cookhouse Gallery, London, Uk

•           The Night’s Breath Responds to the Sea, Quest Art, Midland, Canada

•           Stitching Time, Propeller Gallery, Toronto, Canada

 

 

Events

2021

2020

•           The Faces at Braga, Performance reciting David Whyte's poem, William Goodenough College, Uk

•           LATE AT TATE BRITAIN ONLINE, TATE, London, UK

 

Festivals

2021

2021

2019

•           Bloomsbury Festival, Shades of Light, Conway Hall, London, UK

•           MAFA INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL, Chelsea College of Arts, International

•           Toronto Biennial of Art, Unknowable Unknowing, Toronto, Canada

 

 

Juried Exhibitions
Group Exhibitions

•           Unknowable Unknowing, The Great Hall OCAD University, Toronto, Canada

•           FLOW | The Menstruation Exhibition, THEMUSEUM, Kitchener, Canada  

•           Figureworks, Winner of the Honourable Mention, St Brigid's Centre for the Arts, Ottawa, Canada

•           The Art of Talking to Yourself, 187 Gallery, Toronto, Canada

•           Re-Vision, Propeller Gallery, Toronto, Canada

•           Where Are You Really From? Daniels Spectrum, Toronto, Canada

•           Salon X, Propeller Gallery, Toronto, Canada

•           Magenta Flash Forward, Incubator Program, Twist Gallery, Toronto, Canada

•           Salon IX, Propeller Gallery,  Toronto, Canada

•           Migration, Nuit Blanche, Propeller Gallery, Toronto, Canada

•           Photo & Film Festival, Artisans at Work, Toronto, Canada​

2019

2019

2018 

2017      

2016

2016

2016

2015

2015

2014

2014

                 

•           RALLY!, Chelsea College of Arts, London England and International Location

•           Utopian Worlds, Digital Exhibition, International collaborations

•           Cookhouse ExhibitionThe Cookhouse Gallery, London, UK

•           Track & Fauna, Outdoor Performance Piece, London, UK

•           Connected Disconnection,Video Exhibition, UAL Chelsea College of Arts, London, UK

•           GradEx 104OCAD University, Toronto, Canada

•           A Night of Filth & Decadence, The Great Hall OCAD University, Toronto, Canada

•           Frutti: The Fruits of Our Labour, The Great Hall OCAD University, Toronto, Canada

•           Emulsion II, 14 Via Bonifacio Lupi, Florence, Italy

•           Emulsion I, 14 Via Bonifacio Lupi, Florence, Italy

•           Awenda Inspired, Ada Slaight Student Gallery, Toronto, Canada

•           The Contact Photography Exhibition, Artscape Youngplace, Toronto, Canada​

•           Portfolio Day 5, Etobicoke School of the Arts, Toronto, Canada

2021

2021

2020

2020

2020

2019

2019

2018 

2018      

2017

2016

2015

2014

Art Booth
Awards

2019

•           REFLECT, RAW TO, Mod Club Theatre, Toronto, Canada

Talks

2020

2018 

2015

2015

2015

2015

2015

2015

2014 

•           The Social Science Award, OCAD U

•           Figureworks, Honourable Mention

•           ‘I AM THE NEW SCHOOL’ Finalist, Parsons, The New School 

•           The Scholastic Arts Awards, Gold Key Award for Art Portfolio

•           The Scholastic Arts Awards, 3 Gold Key Awards (Photography)

•           The Scholastic Arts Awards, 5 Silver Key Awards (Photography)

•           The Scholastic Arts Awards, 1 Silver Key Award (Painting)

•           The Scholastic Arts Awards, 8 Honorable Mentions

•           The Scholastic Arts Awards, 1 Honorable Mention​

•           Port Talk, William Goodenough College, London, UK

•           The Night’s Breath Responds to the Sea Artist Conversation, Quest Art, Midland, Canada

•           Artist Panel FLOW | The Menstruation Exhibition, THEMUSEUM, Kitchener, Canada  

•           Meet the Artist, Propeller Gallery, Toronto, Canada

•           ART TALK 4, OCAD University, Toronto, Canada​

•           Meet the Artist, Propeller Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2021

2020

2019 

2016

2015

2015

Juror
Publication

2017 

2016

•           Audition Day, Etobicoke School of the Arts, Toronto, Canada

•           Audition Day, Etobicoke School of the Arts, Toronto, Canada

•           Arts and Science Review, Myriad Masculinities in a Patriarchal World, OCADU

•           BlogTo, featured in '25 Artist to Watch from the OCADU Graduation Exhibition​' article, Canada

•           Canadian Art, Image featured in 'Canadian Museum Plans Exhibition on Menstruation' article, Canada

•           Photo Ed Magazine, full page on the digital edition of 'Studio Magic: Baby it's Cold Outside', Canada

•           Wot Is Art? full page on '2018 February Edition' print, UK

•           A5 Magazine, full page on '2018 February Edition' print, UK

•           Development of Dystopic Scenarios, 10 artworks in academic design guide, Mexico

 

2020

2019

2019 

2018-2019

2018

2018

2017

Publication Projects
Instructor

2020

•          MAFAZINELondon, UK

 

 

•           Art Camp, Etobicoke School of the Arts, Toronto, Canada

•           Art Camp, Etobicoke School of the Arts, Toronto, Canada

•           Art Camp, Etobicoke School of the Arts, Toronto, Canada

•           Private Art Lessons for Children, Mississauga, Canada

2017 

2016

2015

2014-2015