Latin Art Exhibitions
Presented by TD Salsa in Toronto
Every year, TD Salsa in Toronto presents a Latin Art Exhibition highlighting the most inspiring pieces from Latino and Hispanic artists celebrating Canada’s rich multiculturalism and Toronto’s love for Latin culture.
TD Salsa in Toronto Festival will be featuring the work of CLANDESTINOS ART on July 10th & 11th on tln TV and tln.ca.
These two talented artists have made so many contributions to the Latin Art scene in Canada and we can’t wait to show you their art murals and everything they have in store!
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Two visual story tellers, individually known as BRUNO SMOKY and SHALAK ATTACK, started their journey together as Clandestinos Art in 2010. Together they are dedicated to painting murals around the world by creating colourful narratives that unify both real and imaginary dimensions. Clandestinos manifest their creative expression through highly detailed and rendered compositions that combine landscapes, portraiture, and design elements.
Emerging as visual artists about a decade before they met, they had each developed their own unique artistic voice. Shalak was born and raised in Canada from Chilean immigrant parents, and Smoky was born on the coast and raised in the megacity Sao Paulo, Brazil. Once they started painting together they found it difficult to stay away from each other, in art and as life partners. With time they began to fuse their artwork to create unified pieces by balancing, adding, learning and growing from each others styles. Very shortly after they had met, they both left the cities they were living in (Montreal and Rio de Janeiro) and moved to Sao Paulo, where they were married and lived until 2013. Their work has since taken its own visual personality when they collaborate as Clandestinos.
This award winning duo has gained international recognition with their unique artistic approach, techniques, and distinct subject matter. They have had the honour of participating in several art and cultural projects in Canada, Brazil, Chile, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Argentina, Senegal, Spain, Belgium, Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Sweden, USA, Paraguay, the UK, the Netherlands, and Germany.
The 2020 Latin Art Exhibition took place virtually on tln TV and tln.ca, and featured the Havana 500 collection from the Colombian artist Angel Torres! In his Havana 500 selection, Torres shared his vision and experience with Cuba in 2018. Visiting for the first time, it was a most indelible impression made upon him. For the challenges Cubans face, one can’t help but see the valour and hope with which the people face daily life with so much warmth, art, music and a simple ‘alegria de vivir’!
2019 also commemorated Havanaʼs 500th Anniversary, so with this collection Torres shared his inspirations and the magic and passion of this vibrant culture undergoing great change and always brimming with hope, and courage for bright a new future.
About the Artist:
ANGEL TORRES is a Colombian-Canadian photographer whose been photographing for arts and business publications in Toronto while organically developing his portraiture, travel and urban landscapes photography for over a decade. His work appears in Toronto’s corporate, art, LGBTQ and media sectors, he has exhibited in Duesseldorf, Germany in 2018, and has ongoing exhibits at The Continental Dance Club – main collector of the artist. As an independent entrepreneur, he balances charitable work and challenges creative comfort zones to benefit and fulfill his vision for an eclectic business clientele at ArchangelDesign.ca and an ever-growing clientele at Angel Torres Photography . His work always succeeds in capturing the humanity of his subjects and truth in story lines. As a perfectionist, he’s only content with expressing the very best of his skills and artistry, and always summons up great authenticity and depth from his subjects for the camera. With a talented eye for colour and light, his works capture evocative, magical moments to share with us all.
Maraca & Mango
As part of the 2019 TD Salsa in Toronto, event lineup, Maraca and Mango Pop-up Exhibition featured 26 pieces of art from 13 local and international artists. Perfectly combining visual art and Latin American culture, inspiring a cultural fusion of ideas and perspectives. To learn more about the artists connect with them below.
The 2018 Latin Art Exhibition featured a collection from an international Colombian artist, Mao Correa – who produced a series of work with the intent of evoking conversation about recycling and global consumption. View at the artwork below.
Carril Bici Art Exhibition featured a photographic collection inspired by the Cuban Do-It-Yourself culture for Bike construction. The artist developed the collection during his 10-day trip with no prior knowledge of the culture. The exhibition explores the norms of Cuban culture and brings forth ideas that inspire. View the full story below.