Elisa Vita Logo in white

Hi, I'm Elisa!

Portrait of Elisa Vita

I’m a Canadian artist. I hold a BFA in Painting and Drawing from Concordia University, QC, and am currently pursuing an MFA in Visual Arts at York University, ON. My approach to painting is narrative and poetic. I hope for my artwork to serve as a visual portal for viewers, coaxing them deeper into their internal worlds, and reminding them of the magic therein. 

Artist Statement

My artistic curiosity lies in the cyclical patterns of the natural world. I am particularly enchanted with the liminal spaces which emerge when the peak of beauty declines into decay.

My approach to these transitional spaces is corporal. My body, through the process of painting, acts as a permeable membrane through which the environment is transmuted. During this time, plants and animals become imbued with magic realism, shape-shifting into the inhabitants of personal mythologies and fables. In the past year, my subjects have begun to emerge from deep, dark backgrounds. This space is a psychological and spiritual one. Within it, their stories unfold.

Curriculum Vitae


 

  • Group Exhibitions
    • 2020
      Fragile, BBAM Gallery, Montreal, QC
    • 2019
      No.3, VAV Gallery, Montreal, QC
      C’est la famille, Ausgang Plaza, Montreal, QC
    • 2017
      Texture, Art Gang Montreal, Montreal, QC
      Inversions 1, Productions L’Éloi, Montreal, QC.
    • 2016
      VISION(S), Warren G. Flowers Gallery, Montreal, QC
  • Curatorial Experience
    • 2021
      Metamorphosis, Atelier Galerie 2112, Montreal, QC
    • 2020
      Merging Perimeters, Art Steps (Online)  
      Le Salon Virtuel, Art Steps (Online) 
      Timelines, Atelier Galerie 2112, Montreal, QC
    • 2019
      Le Salon, Atelier Galerie 2112, Montreal, QC
  • Education
    • 2021
      MFA of Visual Arts at York University, Toronto, ON
    • 2017-2021
      BFA in Painting & Drawing, Concordia University, Montreal, QC
  • Awards and Grants
    • 2021
      York University Graduate Scholarship
    • 2017
      Dawson College Award for Excellence in Painting, presented by Michael Smith