Kanyamashokoro César (Shoko), was born in Africa and immigrated to Canada in 1993. His double origins Rwandan-German and his five spoken
languages give his art and design a cross cultural and dynamic approach. His art and designs are visually interactive and complimentary with its environment. Shoko’s model is the environment natural complexity for displaying simple solutions and simple functions.
At his young age, It did not take long for his talent to have an impact and get recognised, he had a privilege of painting four Murals in Legal one which representing 50 years of French radio history in Alberta (CHFA) was unveiled by the Honourable Governor General Adrian Clarkson on her first official visit as Governor.
His ambitious of community involved and development did not stop there as in his postsecondary studies he continued to distinguish him self. After graduating in Industrial Design at U of A, he founded with his classmates The Industrial Designers of Edmonton Association (IDEA). His work has won national awards, gain international recognition and has been the subject of several magazines and TV documentary including: Alberta Venture, Unlimited Magazine (Cover Page) Western Living, Edmonton Journal (front page), Canadian Interiors, Global TV, CBC and TV5. Shoko has become an avid spokesman for Art and Design in his city.
Shoko’s work has expend from Public Art Installation, Furniture, Architecture to Product Design, Custom Yacht Design and now complex Medical Design Devices.
I’m jay Dontae, a 24 year old who uses art to express myself and tell my story. I’m currently wrapping up my final year at the University of Alberta and hope to take my art to further heights than just a hobby and make it my ‘profession’. I made my official art debut last year at Lotus Art gallery on 124 St. and have been determined to navigate my way throughout the art world ever since. My most recent artworks have typically been characterized as acrylic/mixed media expressive popart, though I like to refer to it as ‘Distorted Realism’. I also write poetry and plan to create a short film and design a fashion collection in 2018.
I come from a mixed ethnic background; my father’s roots being from Jamaica while my mother is half Nevisian and half Canadian/European decent.
Instagram | @jaydontae
YouTube | @jaydontae
Twitter | @jaydontae
Adanna Onuekwusi was born and raised in Nigeria and currently lives and studies in Edmonton, Alberta.
Her work is a vibrant collection of illustrations experimenting with lighting, texture and cinematic story-telling. She draws a lot of inspiration from film and video games and enjoys crafting scenes and characters that inspire viewers to create exciting backstories of their own. Every painting is described as a window into a new story.
She is interested in art and design for products, film and video games and is currently pursuing a degree in Industrial Design at the University of Alberta.
Instagram | @adxnnart
Twitter | @adxnna
Artstation | www.artstation.com/adxnna
Trevor Peters paints a few different types of styles each borrowing concepts from graffiti and the culture. Leaning more towards abstracts his latest works are fragmented and minimal in composition with a futuristic yet organic flavour.
Peters is the Co-Owner of Fresh Canvas Art Co and Co-Producer of the Rust Magic International Mural Festival along with his life partner Annaliza Toledo. Together they have carefully curated over 35 large scale murals in Edmonton in two years and remain focused on building a solid collection of thoughtful public art that is highly accessible.
Instagram | @realfreshcanvas
Instagram | @rustmagic2017
Fetsum was born in Eritrea in 1972. He studied Master Class for painting and drawing at Hatahana Studio School, Tel Aviv Israel. Fetsum Participated in group as well as solo exhibitions since 2000 up to present. His art works can be found in public and private art collections both in Eritrea, Israel, Edmonton and European countries, and has been seen in numerous exhibitions worldwide. He currently lives and works in Edmonton. Fetsum started teaching visual art in Tel-Aviv since 2010. He have been giving private classes and mentoring intermediate level artist in Edmonton since 2014.
Due to demand of interested individuals .Fetsum started to give art classes in his studio for beginners, intermediate and for advanced painters of different age groups since August 2017.
Monique McFarlane is the Artistic Director for the 5Artists 1Love Art Showcase. She has worked for more than 15 years in the arts and heritage sector at several Canadian and international institutions. Through her past and present work, she strives to make art and museum collections accessible and relevant to diverse audiences, and especially marginalized communities.