Julia Hacker

Artist Summary

Julia Hacker is a Toronto based multidisciplinary artist working in mixed media, acrylic paint, collage and illustration. Life is dynamic and so is her art. Her purpose is to engage the viewer, to draw out a sense of wonder and joy through the colours and textures of my work.  Price Range:  $3,000 – $6,000

Full Biography

Julia Hacker

Julia Hacker is a Toronto based multidisciplinary artist working in mixed media, acrylic paint, collage and illustration. Julia also offers her artwork for rent/sale to staging companies, real estate agents and interior designers.

I was born in Minsk, Belarus. After receiving a Masters in Fashion Design I worked as a leading Fashion Designer at the renowned Fashion Centre in Minsk for almost a decade. While at the Centre, I also was running a monthly spread in a local fashion magazine and created stage costumes for musical performers and singers. In 1990, following the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown, I left to Canada where currently reside with my family. Today I am a full time artist, Elected Member of Society of Canadian Artists Active Member of Federation of Canadian Artists.

For me, the painting process is a physical and emotional necessity. Themes include humanity’s intrinsic and inseparable connection to nature and the surrounding environment. From a deep concern for the state of our planet to the beauty of simple objects, there is no mundane subject matter. I feel my art production is a dynamic part of my life, where my love of paint and the process of experimentation with collage and found objects continue to push me in new directions.  My figurative language is influenced by some of the best XIX and XX century European Art like Klimt, Erte, Leon Bakst and Art Nouveau in general.

Over the years I developed two distinct directions- painting and collage illustration. My paintings always start with emotion and progress in an intuitive rather than a methodical way. The great benefit of switching direction away from brush to focus on collage allows me to recharge my creative and inspirational wellspring. It is a good way to step away, working in a different media to open different sides of creativity. Working with collage engages a particularly logical flow of ideas, almost like putting a puzzle together.

My inspiration often comes from my training as a fashion designer. I am marrying fashion and art, always looking for something with a little punch that arouses curiosity or starts a conversation, like a guilty pleasure.

Life is dynamic and so is my art. My purpose is to engage the viewer, to draw out a sense of wonder and joy through the colours and textures of my work.

Awards and Exhibitions

2017                       Artworld Fine Arts Gallery, Toronto
2016                       Art Expose, Hogs Hollow, Toronto
2016                       Colour and Form Society Toronto
2016                       Suspension and motion, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto
2016                       Art Expo, NY
2016                       Artist Project, Toronto
2016                       Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto
2015                       Art Expo, New York
2015                       Connecting Canadian Artists Spring Show, ARTA gallery, Toronto
2015                       The Artist Project, Toronto
2014                       Art Square Cafe and Gallery,
2014                       Art Expo New York
2014                       “My Garden” Gallery1313, Toronto
2013                       “The Wonderment of Life” Toronto Wychwood Barns Community Gallery
2013                       Spectrum Miami, Florida
2013                       Art Expo Toronto
2012                       Art Expo Ottawa
2012                       Gallery1313,The Canadian landscape Exhibition
2012                       Art Expo Toronto
2012                       AFC, Toronto City Hall, Toronto. (Art for cancer foundation)
2012                       Broadway Gallery, New York

Artist’s Statement

“Life is dynamic and so is my art. My purpose is to engage the viewer, to draw out a sense of wonder and joy through the colours and textures of my work.”

Julia Hacker