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VPA Studio Visiting Artists presents: Lani Maestro


The Visual & Performing Arts Studio is pleased to welcome Lani Maestro to the University of Toronto Scarborough on November 2, as part of the VPA Studio Visiting Artists Series. Ms. Maestro will give a free talk on her artwork in Room AA 304 beginning at 10:30am. All are welcome to attend.

Lani Maestro was born in Manila, Philippines where she studies Editorial Design and acquired a BFA from the University of the Philippines in 1977. In 1983, she came to Canada to study at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta. This residency marked for her a proposition for a radical vision of art as she worked with artists like Krystof Wodizco, Allan Kaprow, Robert Irwin, Toru Tekemitsu, and John Cage. A short Canadian sojourn became an extended stay as Maestro pursued graduate studies at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax in 1989. She continues to live and work in Canada and elsewhere.

In 1985, Maestro’s work was included in the Segunda Bienal de la Habana in Cuba where her work received the Bienal Prize. Since then, Maestro has had increasing international recognition for her work and has exhibited widely across the world. Selected exhibitions include: "Bisa/Potent Presences", Metropolitan Museum of the Philippines, Manila (2011); Complete and Unabridged, Singapore ICA (2011); Mixed Bathing Worlds, The Beppu Project, Beppu, Japan (2009); the 9th Sharjah Biennial, United Arab Emirates (2009); Tempo au Tempo, at the Museo del arte contemporaneo (MARCO) in Vigo, Span; the 3rd Shanghai Biennial, China (2000); 11th Biennale of Sydney, Australia (1998); 5th International Istanbul Biennial, Turkey (1997); Asian Pacific Triennial, Brisbane, Australia (1997); and Traversees/Crossings at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (1998).


This talk was made possible through a collaboration with the Masters of Visual Studies Program, U of T St. George, and the Department of Fine Arts, Faculty of Arts, University of Waterloo.

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