» Alice Zilberberg

Alice Zilberberg

Artist

Statement

“I came up with the idea when I started thinking a lot about how many people experience stress, as most of us are not naturally build to spend our days the way we do, in front of our computer, for example. I thought about how humans are built to live more interesting lives that include activities like running around in the forest and playing with our children, the way our ancestors lived many generations ago as hunters and gatherers.

 

We experience stress because of all the things that we have to manage, like finances and assets, and our minds spend so much time either in the past or in the future. One way I’ve found to experience peace and staying in the moment is by observing wild animals. They live more from moment to moment. This is why I created the series, to be more connected with the present moment, in a kind of a meditative state. 

 

The pieces are composed of my photographs from around the world. The animals are shot is different zoos. The backgrounds are from around the world: Iceland, India, Canada, and across the US. Some are a combination of two or three. All the pieces are put together and are married with elements of toning, colouring, and digital painting. I therefore call them digital paintings.

 

Although the pieces may seem minimal and seamless, they take weeks and even months to complete.”

Bio

Alice Zilberberg is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning artist, recognized by curators, collectors, and art patrons across the globe. Born in Tallinn, Estonia, and raised in Israel, she currently resides in Toronto, Canada. A graduate of Ryerson University’s Photography program, she began her artistic practice by painting: a verve which remains very much present in her digital works. The winner of numerous prestigious competitions, her accolades include 1st place in the International Photography Awards in the wildlife category, 1st place in The World Monochrome awards in Photo-manipulation, and ranking as one of Magenta Foundation’s best photographers in Canada.

In 2013, she was the youngest artist to date to participate in the Waddington’s Art Auction. Her work has been displayed in galleries across North America, Europe, and Asia; she has been interviewed and featured in publications and platforms such as MTV, Breakfast Television, PHOTO+ Magazine Korea, and PhotoEd Magazine.

For over a decade, Zilberberg developed her own distinctive technique for creating her digital paintings, where photography is only the beginning of the final artwork. The works are comprised of many photographs, and carry variety of elements such as colour, toning, manipulation, and painting.  She often travels across the globe to record different backgrounds and elements for her creations. Works take months to complete, with every detail meticulously inspected for perfection. With a poetic style of expression, the meanings of her images unravel through metaphor and symbolism that aim to inspire the viewer to look inward. For the past several years, her repertoire has explored themes pertaining to the human condition, namely personal identity, emotional intelligence, relationships, and emotionality.

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Education

2011     Honours BFA, Photography, Ryerson, Toronto, ON, Canada

 

LECTURES AND TV APPEARACES

 

2019    Gallery 44 Workshop: Surreal Worlds

2019    Artist workflow workshop: Unban Arts Community Arts Council

2017    Space Channel: Best artist at Artist Project Interview segment

2014    Talk at the Applied Arts Magazine Creative School Expo, Nov 17t h, 2014

2013    Lecture at Toronto Camera Club, March 21st , 2013

2011     Artist in Attendance Photoshop and Workflow presentation, Gallery Catalyst

2011     Breakfast Television – The Artist Project section, March 3, 2011

 

COLLECTIONS

 

IMT Corporation
Polish Ministry of Energy Art Collection
Ryerson Deans Office permanent collection

 

ART FAIRS

 

2019    Affordable Art Fair HONG KONG • Lustre Contemporary – Hong Kong, China

Affordable Art Fair NYC • Lustre Contemporary – New York City, United States

Texas Contemporary Art Fair • Lustre Contemporary – Houston, United States

Jackson Hole Art Fair • Direct Art Modern Gallery – Jackson, Wyoming

2018    Scope Miami Beach • See Me Gallery – Miami United States

2017    The Artist Project • Better Living Centre – Toronto, Canada

2016    Affordable Art Fair NYC • Eyebuyart – New York City, United States

The Artist Project • Better Living Centre – Toronto, Canada

2015    The Artist Project • Better Living Centre – Toronto, Canada

2014    Art Toronto Fair • Bezpala-Brown Gallery – Toronto, Canada

Scope Art Fair, Bezpala-Brown Gallery – New York City, USA

2013    Art Toronto Fair • Bezpala-Brown Gallery – Toronto, Canada

2012    Art Toronto Fair • Bezpala-Brown Gallery – Toronto, Canada

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition • Nathan Philip Square – Toronto, Canada

2011     The Artist Project • Better Living Centre – Toronto, Canada

 

EXHIBITIONS

 

2019    THE FENCE  • North American Traveling Exhibition – Brooklyn, Seattle, Boston, Atlanta, Denver, Calgary, Sarasota, Houston

Snap! Photography Live Auction • Arcadian court – Toronto, Canada

12th Pollux Award Exhibition • Gallery Valid Foto – Barcelona, Spain

2018    ImageNation Paris • Galerie Joseph St. Martin – Paris, France

Art Takes Soho • See Me Gallery– New York, United States

Eye Buy Art Show • The Sussex Contemporary – Ottawa, Canada

Little Italy Art Show • Super Wonder Gallery – Toronto, Canada

Salon of Inclusiveness • Black Cat Showroom – Toronto, Canada

Myths, Legends, and Fairy Tales • KUMF Gallery – Etobicoke, Canada

Holiday Auction Fundraiser • John B. Aird Gallery – Toronto, Canada

2017    Photography Now • First Canadian Place Gallery – Toronto, Canada

The Independents Show • Pop-up Gallery – Toronto, Canada

Salon of Inclusiveness • Black Cat Gallery – Toronto, Canada

2016    Focus: Light and Shadow • Black Box Gallery – Portland, United States Daughters of Onionland • Jan Brandt Gallery – Bloomington, United States

Exposed Photography show • SuperWonder Gallery – Toronto, Canada

Ramp Up Auction • Stop Gap Foundation – Toronto, Canada

Salon of Inclusiveness • Black Cat Gallery – Toronto, Canada

2015    Group Opening Show • Bezpala Brown Gallery – Toronto, Canada

Wine and Charitable Auction Night • Advocate’s Society – Toronto, Canada

Tiff Fall group Show • The Spoke Club – Toronto, Canada

Arbomb Art Marketplace Auction Event • The Spoke Club – Toronto, Canada

Snap! Photography Auction • Arta Gallery – Toronto, Canada

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