Artist residency in the Library at Albert Campbell Branch.

Here is the work created during my artist residency at Albert Campell Library.

Sixty-five people participated in my programs, and they did beautiful works during the alebrijes workshop and the open printmaking studio.

Albert Campbell Library reopens its doors after a few years of renovation.

Piñatas workshops for Toronto residents.

I felt so grateful to be supported by Canada Council for The Arts to create a bigger project with the community. In three locations, we created 51 piñatas with the community and became part of a 107 Pinatas installation during Nuit Blanche on the East End, Toronto, October 1-2, 2022.

Independent project:

“Piñatas bring us together.”

On October 1-2, 2022, from sunset to sunrise. 7 PM – 7 AM, I was part of Nuit Blanche, with an independent project called “Piñatas bring people Together”. The location was Coxwell Station Line 2, TTC.

A woman and creator

Ana Gabriela Lopez Castro is a Mexican Visual artist based in Toronto, living on the East End. Her artistic formation started in photography and printmaking in 2000 when she first found the best way to express her voice. She is an active exponent of Mexican folk art through the presentation of her artistic and handcrafted alebrijes, fantastic creatures made on paper mache. The love for her roots and Mother Nature are always present in her work.

She has a bachelor’s 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 with Muse Arts since 2013.

In 2019, she founded Emotionart collective art group to bring intergenerational art workshops to Toronto Community Housing buildings, initially for seniors to break the isolation of their tenants that may be experiencing and rebuild their communities again.

Photography: Alex Usquiano

“My body of work is inspired by Mexican folk art, colourful, diverse and rich”.