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 visual artist, muralist, curator, graphic designer and eternal optimist.
My work is motivated by a desire to spread joy, nurture present minded living, cultivate gratitude, and foster new social interactions. 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 the streets and want to build a community around positive living and empowerment.
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, Israel, Mexico, Nepal, Singapore, Spain, The Netherlands, USA, and Vietnam. To deepen my mission to connect with people through my art, I now host a #365daysofsmile mural workshop.
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 City of Mississauga, the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Toronto, the award winning public art group, the Steps Initiative and private clients.
I am equally engaged in community work and love empowering people through art. For the last two years, I have organized Womxn Paint, an all female street art jam. I facilitated the creation of an intergenerational mural with 60 community members at Baycrest Health Sciences, led a group at the Elm Street YWCA/Winona's House in the painting of a patchwork quilt, and co-created a mural with the community at St. Felix Centre.
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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All images © copyright Bareket Kezwer.