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Steven Chmilar


conceptual realism, oil painting from Victoria BC

Steven was born in Grande Prairie Alberta where he spent most of his childhood on a farm, helping with chores, drawing and building imaginary civilizations in the woods. While living in Calgary from 2000 – 2008, he played music professionally and won a national songwriting contest in the spring of 2006 at CanadaMusicWeek in Toronto. From 2008 until 2012, he lived in Victoria BC where he painted and performed as a solo musician. A career shift to full-time visual artist was made after the success of his first show in November of 2011. Since moving to Toronto in the spring of 2012, Steven won “best in show” at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibit.

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2018, August. Delusional Art Competition Group Exhibition - Jonathan LeVine Projects - Jersey City, NJ
July. Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair. Ann Arbor Michigan, USA.
June. Mtl En Arts Art Fair. Montreal, QC.
2017, June 'Wrong Century' Solo painting exhibition - Hashtag Gallery - Toronto, ON
2016, October 'Ad Show' Solo drawing exhibition - The Black Cat Gallery - Toronto, ON
2016, April 15-29 'In the Beauty I Hide' Group Exhibition - Hermann & Audrey Gallery - Toronto, ON
2015, June. 'New Contemporary' group exhibition - TAC Gallery - Toronto, ON
April. 'Storybook' group exhibition - Modern Eden Gallery - San Fransisco, CA
2014, Feb. 20-23 The Artist Project Contemporary Art Fair
2012, July 20-23 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibit - awarded "best in show"
2011, Oct. 'Art of the Delightfully Absurd' Group Exhibition - Massey Gallery - Victoria, BC

AWARDS

Prix De La Meilleure Oeuvre/ Prize for Best Work - Mtl en Arts, Montreal, QC, June 2018
Best in Show - Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibit, July 2012.
Finalist in the Jonathan LeVine Projects 2nd annual Delusional Art Competition, August 2018.
Honorable mention in the inaugural Beautiful Bizarre Magazine Art Prize, August 2018.
Chorus Radio National Songwriting Competition - 1st place - at Canada Music Week, Toronto 2006.

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