Aleksandra Rdest

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Artist Statement

"Ideas of duality drive my exploration of natural environments which are impacted by humans as well as abandoned human built environments which are being reclaimed by nature. My subject matter is derived from photos I have taken around Toronto, Sudbury, and Detroit. After painting abstraction for over a decade I am newly excited by the narrative potential of representational painting."

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Aleksandra  Rdest Take the money and run

Take the Money and Run


Aleksandra  Rdest Take the money and run
Take the Money and Run

Aleksandra  Rdest Monsoon rising
Monsoon rising

Aleksandra  Rdest Take Flight
Take Flight

Aleksandra  Rdest Bubbletopia

Aleksandra  Rdest Cherry Hill
Cherry Hill

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Aleksandra Rdest

Aleksandra Rdest Biography

Curriculum Vitae 

Past Exhibitions 


2014 Public art installation ongoing: Delta Hotel Toronto Lobby


2013 “MATERIAL GIRLS” Femme Five Art Collective Creative Blueprint Gallery Toronto

2013 “Paint the town” Sopa Fine Arts, Kelowna

2012 “Field Trip project” Touring exhibition Japan/canada

2011 Art toronto, Rumi gallery, toronto

2011 “CRISScross”, Sopa Fine Arts, Kelowna

2010 "Bungalow Colony" Gendai Gallery, Toronto

2010 “SWAGGER AND SASHAY” Angell Gallery Project Space, Toronto [solo]

2010 “Color Salute”, Sopa Fine Arts, Kelowna

2010 “When the dust settles” Angell Gallery, Toronto

2009 "Nomads No More" DeLeon White Gallery, Toronto [2 person]

2009 “Impulse Equation”, Switch Contemporary, Toronto

2009 “By Degrees”, Sopa Fine Arts, Kelowna

2009 Pool NY Art Fair, New York

2009 “Works on Paper”, Sopa Fine Arts, Kelowna

2008 “Postcards from the Void” Tatar Gallery, Toronto [solo]

2008 SOPA Fine Arts, Kelowna

2007 "? Group Exhibit" Bjornson Kajiwara Gallery, Vancouver

2007 "Fuzz" Newzones, Calgary

2007 "Le Soleil Noir" Tatar Gallery, Toronto

2007 "New Work: Pouch Cove" James Baird Gallery, St. John's [solo]

2006 “My Secret City” part of Nuit Blanche Toronto

2006 "Spell", Thames Art Gallery, Chatham, ON

2006 Galerie D'Este, Montreal

2006 "In Transit" Gosia Koscielak Studio and Gallery, Chicago

2006 NOVA Art Fair Chicago with Gosia Koscielak Studio and Gallery

2006 "Young Toronto Painters", James Baird Gallery>Pouch Cove, NFLD

2006 "Generated Habitats", 2-1022 Queen Street West, Toronto

2005 "Spell", Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon

2005 "Spell", Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa

2005 "Big Show" 1139 College Street, Toronto

2004 “Trans Tokyo” Propeller Centre for the Arts, Toronto

2004 “Trans” Big Studio Gallery, Yokohama, Japan

2004 “Summer Group Show” Pari Nadimi Gallery, Toronto

2003 Pari Nadimi Gallery, Toronto [solo]



2002 Graduate Ontario College of Art and Design



2011 Winner, Flash Forward 2011: Emerging Photographers, Magenta Foundation

2007 Short listed for the RBC Painting Competition

2007 Canada Council for the Arts Production Grant

2002 David L. Stevenson Scholarship  

2001 A.V. Issacs Tuition Scholarship



Profile: Digital Temple Magazine, March 2010

"BlogTO" Profiles of emerging artists

"Na Luzie" OMNI Television's Polish-language culture program; feature segment, December 2008

“Glowing Reviews for Aleks Rdest” Current Magazine, August 2007

Angela Antle, Interview, CBC Radio July 22, 2007

"Aleks Rdest's Paintings" Current Magazine, March 2007

"Living in NL" CBC Television St. John's, March 5, 2007

Hohmann, Skye. “Interview with Aleksandra Rdest” Rind Magazine ,

Goddard, Peter. “Abstract retro torque” Toronto Star, April 2003



2010  Siya Chen, Daisuke Takeya, Bungalow Colony Exhibition Catalogue

2008  Magenta Foundation's Publication Carte Blanche: Painting

2007 RBC Painting Competition, Semi Finalist Exhibition Catalogue

2007   Pouch Cove Foundation Fundraiser 2007, Art Auction Catalogue, Toronto

2006   Skye Hohmann, Generated Habitats, 2-1022 Queen Street West, Toronto ON

2005   Jordan Broadworth, Jonathan Forrest, Spell, Mendell Art Gallery, Saskatoon, SK

2005   Ann Ireland, Michelle Jaques, Big Show, 1139 College Street, Toronto

2003 – 2005 Art With Heart, Casey House Art Auction Catalogue, Toronto



Four Seasons Toronto, Allure of the Seas, Royal Bank of Canada, Holt Renfrew Toronto, Canaccord Capital Corporation, Houston; Cadillac Fairview Toronto; Burnac Corporation, Toronto; GMP Montreal, NORDSTROM Multiple locations; Thunder Valley Casino; Private Collections


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