I feel very blessed that I meet these two wonderful people Paola Gomez and Alex Usquiano the founders of Muse Arts who every year organize a wonderful event called Happening Multicultural Festival where they keep opening spaces and opportunities to newcomers and immigrant artist to show their talent, each event I have attended has excellent quality.

IKNTOBER PANDA 2020: 31 days drawing challenge

As a part of my artist residency at the Toronto Public Library, I hosted the Inktober Panda drawing challenge where 10 people had joined me to draw with me for 31 consecutive days. It was a new experience do the live streaming, and drawing at the same time, and posting the videos of the creative process. The whole series is in my Youtube channel.

24 DRAWINGS OF JOY : Drawcember

Since we could not get together because of the lockdown in Toronto during the holidays, I created a second drawing challenge for my community to keep us creating together while we were apart at the end of the year 2020. We made 24 drawings and streamed live too. All the videos are on my Youtube channel.

A woman and creator:

Ana Gabriela Lopez C. Ana, is a Mexican Visual artist based in Toronto, living on the East End.
Her artistic formation started in the areas of photography and printmaking in 2000, where she first found the best way to express her voice.
She established in Toronto in 2008, and she is an active exponent of the Mexican art and culture through the presentation on her artistic and handcrafted work know as the alebrijes, fantastic creatures made on paper mache. Next to her prints that evoke the native spirit of her ancestors and culture. The love for her roots and Mother Nature are always present.

She has a bachelor degree in Visual Arts from the Faculty of Arts and Design at UNAM in Mexico City and an Advanced Diploma in Graphic Design from Centennial College. She has been collaborating as an artist facilitator with Muse Arts since 2014.
My body of work is inspired by Mexican folk art – colourful, diverse and rich.

With her work, she wants to share that through learning about other cultures we can create and inspire within the community.

Photography: Alex Usquiano

“Arts are transformative”

Paola Gomez – Muse Arts Founder