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Kwai Lake


Contemporary Canadian Artist

I was raised in a rural area of Vancouver Island, Canada, studied studio art at Camosun College, and received a Double Major in History in Art and Philosophy at the University of Victoria. I spent the latter half of my twenties in a "controversial art cult" in Victoria BC, immersing myself in contemporary science, existentialism, phenomenology, and the history of pictorial space in painting. A complete break with those years culminated in a series of paintings of car accidents and structure fires inspired by found photographs. In 2014, I began painting strange, dark landscapes out of nowhere. After a forced five-year sabbatical, I returned to painting, started Instagram, and was discovered there by Frank Maresca in 2020. I am represented by Ricco/Maresca Gallery in New York and exhibit internationally.

To get to know me further, see the interview from 2021 in the link below.


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