Monica Figueredo pushes and blurs the boundaries of painting, experimenting with physical media to capture the aura of things, to seek a connection to the phenomenological nature of our world.

As a child, her forced displacement from Uruguay during a coup d’etat to North America unsettled her sense of identity, roots, and home. After completing a BFA in Painting & Drawing at OCAD University in Toronto, Figueredo has embarked on a nomadic artistic practice that has spanned 15 countries.

She is a mystical journey woman. Her inner compass resides between the earth and the cosmos, between sound and silence, tethered to the imaginary ground called home, in flux and fragility.

Contending with this liminality through art involves observing and disarming self, beliefs, ideas, contexts, and materials. Figueredo reconciles found materials, objects rescued from her environs, such as clay, discarded saris, and pigments. She tears, stitches, and burns these objects together in a dance of creation and destruction, inextricably entwined.


Currently based in Rajasthan, India, Figueredo’s latest works find their inspiration in supermassive black holes. Fire replaces the paintbrush, transforming the canvas in unforeseen ways. Colors and textures arise in shimmering wonder. Holes draw the viewer inward, to something beyond. From this, probabilities arise of the existence of alternate histories and passages to another universe.

Education 

2004-2008

OCADU, Toronto, Canada

Awards 

2008

Ron Shuebrook Award, Toronto

2008

Charles Stret Video Art Award, Toronto

2005

OCAD Faculty Memorial Award,  Lois Hathaway,  Toronto

2013

Aperture Film Festival, Asia Pacific

Ethnographic Documentary, "Path of Light"

Melbourne, Australia

Exhibitions 

Solo

2010

"Ethereal Forest" Nuit Blanche, Toronto

Group

2020

Conjunction, The India Story, Swabhumi, Kolkatta, India

2014

Una Gracia Mistica les Concede, Plecto Gallery, Medellin

2014

Espacio, Plecto Gallery, Medelling, Colombia

2011

Sound Circles, Gaya Art Space, Ubud, Bali

2009

Saudades for Tomorrow, Median Contemporary, Toronto

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