Laurena Finéus

Dark skin person shreds paper into toilet. Blue stenciled text on top that reads "Patripoche" and red P's between each word.

Un vrai patriote empoche l’argent de ses compatriotes

Acrylic and oil on canvas

Exhibiting in the gallery April 15-28

Panoramic painting of landscape people and an uniform officer on a beach a shipwrecked boat with dark skin figures in dancing positions.

Wet feet, dry feet, 2021

Acrylic and oil on canvas

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Bio & Statement

Laurena Finéus (she/her) is a Haitian visual artist, educator and art administrator specialized in painting. In her practice, Finéus has been concerned with representations of Haiti, relationality within its dyaspora, and its growing archives across the globe through an array of figurative and painterly imagined landscapes. These elements are juxtaposed with personal memories of her life in so-called Canada.

Her work has been exhibited at the Ottawa Art Gallery (2021), Karsh-Masson Gallery (2021), the Ottawa school of Art (2021), Art mûr (2019) and Galerie 115 (2019-2020) , among others . She is part of a range of private collections internationally and is a graduate from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a minor in Communication. She was the recipient of several awards/grants/scholarships such as the Ontario Arts Council exhibition assistance grant (2021) , exhibited as a finalist for the Salt spring national art prize (2021) chosen from a pool of 2756 applications and received the Edmund and Isobel Ryan Visual art scholarship (2020) .Passionate about black canadian history and empowering her community through the arts, Finéus has previously facilitated a range of bilingual workshops for the Ottawa Art Gallery, Arts Network Ottawa, la Majeur Haute Spécialisation en Arts and l’Association Canadienne-francaise de l’Ontario .

She is commercially represented by Wallspace Gallery, Ottawa ON and l’Institut National Art Contemporain in Montréal, Qc.

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