Olia Mishchenko

Olia Mishchenko was born in Kiev, Ukraine and moved to Canada in 1997. She studied architecture and art history at the University of Toronto prior to becoming a practicing artist. Mishchenko’s artistic practice is predominantly drawings-based and concerned with built environments. Mishchenko lives and works in Toronto, where she teaches in the Environmental Design Programme at OCADU, and at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Solo Exhibitions and Projects
2018
  • New Work, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto
2015
  • New Work, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto
2014
2013
  • New Work, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto
  • Ravine World, Installation; Rodman Hall Art Centre, St Catharine's, Ontario, January 25 - September 8, 2013.
2012
  • New Work, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto
2011
  • New Work, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto
  • remote university, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
2009
2008
  • New World, Koffler Gallery, Toronto
  • New Work, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto
  • backyards, Convenience Gallery, Toronto
  • Canada Council for the Arts Project (self-directed residency), Kiev, Ukraine
2007
  • artist residency, Koffler Gallery, Toronto
  • artist residency, Stiftung Kunstlerdorf Schoppingen, Schoppingen, Germany
2006
  • New Drawings, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto
  • artist project, Public Magazine, Public Issues Collective, York University, Toronto
  • artist residency, CASA El Centro de las Artes de San Augustin, under direction of Francisco Toledo, Oaxaca, Mexico
2005
  • new drawings, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto
  • artist project, C International Contemporary Art magazine, Toronto
  • new drawings and printed matter, Paul Petro Multiples + Small Works, Toronto
2004
  • 2005 of the Top 3000, Mercer Union, Toronto (brochure)
2003
  • YYZine Artist Project, YYZ Artist Outlet, Toronto (brochure)
Group Exhibitions
2018
2017
  • Sevens, Weird Things, Toronto
2016
  • Word Play, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto
2014
  • Contemporary Drawings from the National Gallery of Canada, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon
  • CIA 2, Centre for Incidental Activisms, Art Gallery of York University, Toronto
  • New Lines, organized by the National Art Gallery of Canada, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton
2012
2010
  • 11:11, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
  • Residency at Don Blanche, Reddiksville, ON
  • Home Decorating, Double Double Land, Toronto
2009
  • Ship of Fools, curated by Swintak, HMK, Hoorn, Netherlands
  • Who-New-Blah-Blah, 6 Nassau Recording Studio, Toronto
  • Strip Mining for Creative Cities, Toronto Free Gallery, Toronto
  • Terrarea Window, Gallery 1313, Toronto
  • Dinner in Terrarea, Toronto Terrarea Club and Home Ec., Jamie's Area, Toronto
  • Food Geology in Ontario, July 22, dinner installation and curated film programme, OddFellows restaurant, Toronto
  • Foreign Legionnaires, Edward Day Gallery, Toronto
  • Terrarea and CN Tower Liquidation, collaboration, Paul Petro Special Project Space
2008
  • i maintain my innocence: drawings, VMAC Gallery, Toronto
  • Alluvial Plain, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto
  • North South East West, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto
  • On Representation, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto
  • Section Label Project, Monkey's Paw, Toronto
  • Skye, or Miranda or Verandah: Variations on Plenty, The Scream Literary Festival, Toronto
2007
  • Member Show, Mercer Union, Toronto
  • Paved Paradise, shipping container at Cherry Beach, Luminato Festival, Toronto
2006
  • J+L show, Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta
  • Member Show, Mercer Union, Toronto
  • Making Room, The Wallace Studios, Toronto
  • drawing/painting/sculpture/text, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto
  • Mercer Living, Shaw/Givins Public School, Toronto
2005
  • Inaugural Exhibition, Diaz Contemporary, Toronto
  • Burning down the Igloo, ABEL Neue Kunft, Berlin, Germany
  • Maisonneuve: Eclectic Curiosity, SAT, Montreal
2004
  • Constructive Folly, Doris McCarthy Gallery,
    University of Toronto at Scarborough
2003
  • Psychotopes, YYZ Artists Outlet, Toronto
  • Hart House Juried Student Show, J.M. Barnicke Gallery, University of Toronto
Reviews and Publications
  • Ravine World, published by Rodman Hall Art Centre, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON. 2015
  • Foreign Legionnaires: Collective Agreements, Canadian Art Magazine online, August 2009
  • Art Collectives at Work, Gary Michael Dault, The Globe and Mail, August 2009
  • Strip searching: Show probes development’s underbelly, Leah Sandals, NOW magazine, January 29-February 5, 2009, VOL 28 NO 22
  • What the “doozers” build, Gary Michael Dault, The Globe and Mail, March 19, 2005, R11
  • Eye Candy, David Balzer, Eye Weekly, March 10, 2005
  • Rewind: Constructive Folly, Camilla Singh, Canadian Art Magazine, Spring 2005
  • J+L Illustrated #2, Craig Taylor, Leanne Shapton and Jason Fulford (eds.), 2004
  • January zine of the month, Marc Ngui, Broken Pencil Magazine, Toronto, Jan 2004
  • Odes to a city under siege, Sarah Milroy, The Globe and Mail, R7, Sept 11, 2003
  • Mirror mirrored on the wall, Gary Michael Dault, The Globe and Mail, R9, Sept 6, 2003
Selected Collections
  • Oakville Galleries, Oakville
  • National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
  • Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
  • Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen's Universty, Kingston, ON
  • Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto, Scarborough
  • St.Michael’s Hospital, Toronto
  • MaRS Institute, University of Toronto
  • Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, Toronto
  • TD Canada Trust, Toronto
Grants
2008
  • Project Grant, Canada Council for the Arts
  • Emerging Artist Grant, Ontario Arts Council
2007
  • Travel Grant, Canada Council for the Arts
  • Level 1 grant to visual artists, Toronto Arts Council
2004-05
  • Exhibition Assistance Grant, Ontario Arts Council
Education
  • 1998-2004 University of Toronto, Major in Fine Art history and Specialist in Architectural Studies
  • 1997-98 Central Technical School, Toronto
  • 1986-97 Kiev School 211 and Kiev University Humanitarian Liceum, Kiev, Ukraine