Marina Malvada

Bio.

Marina Malvada was born in Scarborough, Ontario and began drawing and painting at a young age. She completed her BFA at OCADU, and continues to develop her unique style, incorporating raw minerals from the Canadian Shield and the Labrador Trough, such as mica flakes, hematite and titanium particles. Marina's interest in the natural sciences, particularly astronomy and geology find expression in her abstract work and fascinating 'Space Scapes'. Ms. Malvada exhibits in Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto and enjoys travelling throughout Canada, gaining inspiration from her view of our beautiful country. Notable collectors of her work include Chris Hadfield, Damien Hirst, and Bridget Fonda.

Ways I Work

Describe your home in 3 words

A creative, loving menagerie.

Only thing you need when you leave the house

comfortable shoes

What kind of artwork do you have in your home?

Besides my own work, which I hang for a time to decide if and what I need to do to bring each piece to completion, I have works by Jeff Bierk, Bhat Boy, and Jennifer Ryder-Jones many of which I got by swapping artworks.

Beverage of choice

organic Chianti

Jays vs. Raptors

Jays because I like the hats.

Favourite musical artist / band right now

Stephon Alexander (a physicist and jazz musician).

Your favourite spot in Toronto right now

Geologic on Queen St. West. I get a lot of inspiration from the gem specimens.

Why is art important to you?

Art brings joy to life!

Everyone should know about

Their sources for locally grown produce. Buying local (and especially organic) is good for our planet.

What do you listen to when you work?

I like to get my blood flowing with jazz, electroswing or world music, like Teddy Afro for example. As my work day progresses, I go for trip hop, or smooth jazz.

Least favourite movie

I dislike most formulaic, action movies with stereotypical gender roles.

Who do you consider a genius?

Marc Labrèche. The way he transforms himself with each character he portrays is amazing.

Why is it important for people to have art in their home or life?

When a person looks at a piece of art they love, they're moved. There's a flow of energy in them that literally lifts them up emotionally and spiritually. Who couldn't use more of that?

Describe the person your work appeals to in 3 words

intelligent, sophisticated, and curious

I'm really good at making (a) ...

making salads. I am the "Salad Queen"!

Best season of the year in Toronto

Autumn, beautiful beautiful autumn!

Which piece of art you've created is your favourite, and why?

Autumn, beautiful beautiful autumn!

In a previous life I was (a) ...

tiny portion of a supernova. (actually I suppose that would be a previous death.) In life, we are all the stuff of stars.

Favourite artist(s) right now

Travis Louie, Ross Bleckner

When I'm not makng art, I'm (a) ...

teacher and creativity facilitator. I'm also a devoted animal lover and pet parent to a 17 year old cat, a 12 year old house rabbit, and a 26 year old turtle.

Favourite medium

Low voc acrylic. I love the saturated colours!

When did you start making art, and why?

Of course mostly all children draw, but I recall being praised for a particularly well done long shot of some tigers that I painted in grade one. I've been drawing and painting ever since. It fulfills a deep need in me to create.

Favourite movie

I have several: Camping Sauvage directed by and starring Guy A. Lepage, and Interstellar, to name just two.

Behind-the-Scenes

Transit

Acrylic on Wood
Drawings / Prints
30"L x 18"W
Marina Malvada

Rent: $56 / month
Own: $1,125

Shani Mahatma

Acrylic on Wood
Drawings / Prints
30"L x 18"W
Marina Malvada

Rent: $56 / month
Own: $1,125

Twilight Wonder

Acrylic on Wood
Drawings / Prints
18"L x 14"W
Marina Malvada

Rent: $28 / month
Own: $325

Voice of Joy

Acrylic and Gold Titanium on Wood
Paintings
8"L x 12"W
Marina Malvada

Unavailable

Tropical Getaway

Acrylic and Gold Titanium on Wood
Paintings
12"L x 16"W
Marina Malvada

Rent: $28 / month
Own: $280

Taste the Rainbow

Acrylic and Gold Foil on Wood
Paintings
48"L x 36"W
Marina Malvada

Rent: $45 / month
Own: $900

Magic Might

Acrylic and Gold Titanium on Wood
Paintings
36"L x 48"W
Marina Malvada

Unavailable

Conservation Area

Acrylic on Wood
Drawings / Prints
18"L x 14"W
Marina Malvada

Rent: $28 / month
Own: $325

Autumn Campfire

Acrylic on Wood
Drawings / Prints
10"L x 20"W
Marina Malvada

Unavailable

Early Spring Thaw

Acrylic on Wood
Drawings / Prints
10"L x 20"W
Marina Malvada

Unavailable

Aphelion

Acrylic on Wood
Drawings / Prints
30"L x 36"W
Marina Malvada

Unavailable

The Journey Beyond Yourself

Acrylic, Gold Titanium on panel
Paintings
12"L x 12"W
Marina Malvada

Unavailable

The Age of Information

Acrylic, Gold Titanium on panel
Paintings
12"L x 12"W
Marina Malvada

Unavailable

Persistence

Acrylic on panel
Paintings
30"L x 36"W
Marina Malvada

Rent: $35 / month
Own: $650

Peculiar Velocity

Acrylic, Gold Titanium on panel
Paintings
12"L x 12"W
Marina Malvada

Unavailable

One in a Million

Acrylic on panel
Paintings
30"L x 36"W
Marina Malvada

Rent: $35 / month
Own: $650

Kostabi

Acrylic on panel
Paintings
36"L x 60"W
Marina Malvada

Rent: $70 / month
Own: $1,500

Imminent

Acrylic on panel
Paintings
36"L x 60"W
Marina Malvada

Rent: $70 / month
Own: $1,500

Foreseen and Intended Consequences

Acrylic, Gold Titanium on panel
Paintings
18"L x 24"W
Marina Malvada

Rent: $28 / month
Own: $350

Cold Bottom

Acrylic on panel
Paintings
11"L x 14"W
Marina Malvada

Unavailable

100 Million Years

Acrylic, Titanium, Sand, Copper Foil on Wood
Paintings
30"L x 60"W
Marina Malvada

Unavailable

4 Billion Years

Acrylic, Titanium, Sand, Copper Foil on Wood
Paintings
30"L x 60"W
Marina Malvada

Rent: $70 / month
Own: $1,500
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