Meet the Artist

Toronto Based Artist | Abstract Paintings

Nik Torres is a Toronto based, Colombian and Canadian mixed media abstract artist. She explores her experiences of migration and self-discovery as she finds her way through harmonizing colors and textures. These abstract narratives allow her to reconcile with her feelings of displacement, and cultural identity, while she strives to resolve her own mental health path and find love within herself. Her work creates subtle voices of serenity, and harmony that can resonate with viewers who are aiming to reconcile with their own internal struggles.

Torres holds an MA in Education, where she focused on creative poetic inquiry to analyze immigrants’ struggles into the US and Canada, a BEd, and a BA in Visual Arts. She has worked with other creative mediums throughout her life; photography, poetry, and digital installations amongst others. In 2019 she took her art career full-time, after 9 years in the education field.

Nik Torres Designs Signature in 18K Gold

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

September-October 2020 ArtWalk in the Square

Art Fair, Artists’ Network, Toronto, Ontario

 

September-October 2020 ArtWalk in the Square Preview

Selected Works, Leslie Grove Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

September 2020 Alumni & Residents Group Show

Group Exhibition, Collision Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

July 2020 Emerald II

Group Exhibition, Envision Art Show, Online

June 2020 Riverdale ArtWalk

Art Fair, Artists’ Network, Toronto, Ontario

March 2020 Residents Group Show

Group Exhibition, Collision Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

February 2020 Finding Love

Group Exhibition, Arta Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

January 2020 Art Box V

Live Painting and Group Show, Abstract Gallery International, Mississauga, Ontario

November-December 2019 Beauty Reflections

Group Show, 1017 Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

November 2019 Annual Member’s Group Show

Forest City Gallery, London, Ontario

November 2019 Art Box IV

Live Painting and Group Show, Art Box Events, Toronto, Ontario

November 2019 Small Cures

Art Sale and Fundraiser, The Burroughes, Toronto, Ontario

 

RESIDENCIES

March-August 2020

Collision Gallery x Akin Project, Toronto, Ontario

 

WORKSHOPS

2020 Alcohol Ink Workshop

1017 Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

 

2020 Alcohol Ink Workshop

Old Town Toronto Art Festival, Toronto, Ontario

 

EDUCATION

M.A. in Second Language Education

McGill University, Quebec, Canada

2014 – 2017

4.0 GPA -Entry Scholarship -Thesis Program

Bachelor of Education

University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

2011 – 2012

Cum Laude

 

Honours Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts and Political Science

Western University, Ontario, Canada

2006-2010

Entry Scholarship -Academic Honours Degree

 

 

PUBLICATIONS

2017 Still waters run deep: Giving poetic voice to the silent struggles of academically successful immigrant students, McGill University, Quebec, Canada.

 

CONFERENCES AND PRESENTATIONS

M.A. Thesis - Still waters run deep: Giving poetic voice to the silent struggles of academically successful immigrant students

WU, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria July 2016

Paper on Transformative Pedagogy

UCLA, Los Angeles, USA, & York University Toronto, Canada April 2015 & November 2015

M.A. Thesis Proposal

UCLA, Los Angeles, USA. April 2015