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b. 1989, Hamilton, Ontario, CA
Lives and works in Hamilton, Ontario, CA

Kareem-Anthony Ferreira’s practice explores patterns of personal, familial, and social identity within black portraiture through intimate scenes deeply connected to the artist’s own memories and developed through a combination of painting and collage. Compositing family photographs and memorable familial experiences, Ferreira, a first-generation Canadian with Trinidadian heritage, builds richly textured compositions from an assemblage of textiles, paper, and paint applied to unstretched canvases. Repetitive flora and fauna motifs, sourced from non-indigenous commercial textiles, are a notable presence throughout Ferreira’s works and demonstrate the oversimplified perceptions his disparate cultural backgrounds hold in regard to one another. These mass-produced idealistic patterns, commonly associated with escapism and entertainment, often take on a cliché or sardonic tone in contrast with the emotional sincerity of Ferreira’s figures.

Kareem-Anthony Ferreira (b. 1989, Hamilton, Ontario, CA; lives and works in Hamilton, Ontario, CA) completed his BFA at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario in 2012 and his MFA at the University of Arizona in 2020. Ferreira recently had a solo exhibition at Nino Mier Gallery, Los Angeles and has exhibited works at Johannes Vogt Gallery, New York; Alice Yard Gallery, Trinidad and Tobago; the Tucson Museum of Art, Arizona; DeFacto Gallery, Ontario; and the Workers Art & Heritage Museum, Ontario.

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