Hi and thank you for visiting my website. My name is Bareket—it means emerald in Hebrew if you were wondering.
I am a Toronto based muralist, community artist, curator, graphic designer and eternal optimist.
My work is motivated by a desire to spread joy, nurture present minded living, cultivate gratitude, and foster inclusive and connected communities. I work with bright colours and bold patterns to captivate people’s attention and fill them with delight. I am passionate about creating art that both aesthetically and psychologically brightens environments.
This is what inspired me to start my ongoing SMILE project—since 2007 I have created SMILEs all over the world, including in Canada, Cuba, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Mexico, Nepal, Singapore, Spain, The Netherlands, USA, and Vietnam.
I facilitate projects that empower people through creative engagement and increase representation. In 2017, I founded Womxn Paint, a street art jam that has produced 75 murals celebrating the strength, resilience and diverse stories of womxn.
Over the last six years, I have been creating custom large-scale artworks for clients including The New Yorker, Tourism Canada, Facebook Canada, Airbnb Canada, the City of Toronto, The Bentway, the City of Mississauga, the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Toronto, the STEPS Initiative, Stackt Market, The Laneway Project, 401 Richmond, Baycrest Health Sciences and private clients.
MA in History of Design and Curatorial Studies, Parsons the New School for Design/Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institute.
Honours Bachelor of Design, York University/Sheridan Institute.
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