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 engaged artist, curator, graphic designer and eternal optimist.
My work is motivated by a desire to spread joy, cultivate gratitude, and support the growth of inclusive and connected communities. I program and facilitate projects that empower people through creative engagement and increase representation of Toronto’s diverse population.
In 2017, I founded Womxn Paint, a street art jam celebrating the strength, resilience and diverse stories of womxn. As the initiative’s creative director, I have produced 75 murals by emerging and early career artists and facilitated an intergenerational community mural with residents in Rexdale. I have worked with Arts Etobicoke, Baycrest Health Sciences, East End Arts, The STEPS Initiative, St. Felix Centre, StreetARToronto, and the Toronto Public Library to facilitate community engaged public art projects across the city of Toronto.
In my murals, I works 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, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, Singapore, Spain, The Netherlands, USA, and Vietnam.
Over the last six years, I have created custom large-scale artworks for clients including The New Yorker, Tourism Canada, Facebook Canada, Airbnb Canada, 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, and private clients.
My work has been featured in numerous publications including The New Yorker, The Globe and Mail, CBC Arts, and Toronto Life.
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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