Born in Montreal, Kevin Calixte is a visual artist specialized in fine art photography who lives and works in his hometown.
He started his career in 2015 and studied photography in a self-taught way. Throughout his trajectory, Calixte has perfected his unique technique and his critical aesthetic approach.
Recipient of the Artch grant for Emerging Artist by the Montreal Art Council and Art Souterrain and awarded as the Visual Artist of the Year at the Gala Dynasty in 2018, he received a Conseil des Arts et Lettres du Québec (CALQ) travel grant for emerging artist in 2017.
His works has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Canada, United States, and Senegal.
His last solo show series entitled Pierre fragile explores the subject of human internal states of balance in connection with rocks.
ARTIST STATEMENT
I am interested in the question of the emotional, physical, mental and spiritual balance amongst citizensIn the context of this research, I aim to translate how, in the western world, the individual equilibrium of a person affects their interpersonal relationships.
I alternate between social psychology and social challenges in the news to address questions relating to the overall mental, physical and social health of citizens. Through exhibiting a mix of perceptions in my bodies of work, I invite the viewer, in turn, to question themself on these social issues.
My work fits into the context of relational art. I am inspired by discussions with citizens, who I meet in the context of a selection process. I ask them questions about how they evaluate their equilibrium in the various parts of their lives. The sound recordings of these exchanges enable me to question the complexity of societal equilibrium currently inherent in human relationships. While listening to these recordings, I explore different cities for inspiration to create my photographs.
My photographs are presented in the form of series of conceptual images characterized by the allegorical universes that they convey. My subjects are decontextualized through my compositions and shooting techniques. The polychrome nature of my photographs, focus on textures, photographic materials, and black halo encompassing my subjects are combined to bring out the essence and intrinsic nature of the work.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2018      Pierre Fragile, Maison de la culture de Bellechasse, Saint-Damien de Buckland
2017      Pierre Fragile, Artothèque, Montreal, Canada
2017      Pierre Fragile, Cégep de Saint-Laurent, Montreal, Canada
2017      Montréal Terre d’Accueil, Centre Culturel de Verdun, Montreal, Canada
2016      Les trois Dalles series, Jardins Gamelin, Montréal, Canada
2016      Montréal Terre d’Accueil, Hôtel de Ville de Montréal, Montréal, Canada
2016      Montréal Terre d’Accueil, Centre Culturel de Pierrefonds, Canada
2016      Montréal Terre d’Accueil, Maison de la Culture Villeray-St-Michel,ParcEx, Canada
2016      Montréal Terre d’Accueil, Bibliothèque du Boisé, Montreal, Canada
SELECTED INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITIONS
2018     Affordable Art Fair NYC The Metropolitan Pavilion, New-York
2017      SOFA Art Fair, Chicago, USA
2017      Éthiopiques gallery, Jigéen Yuy Soppi  project – Changemakers Ndar, Saint-Louis, Senegal
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2018     ARTCH, Square Dorchester, Montreal
2018     Sa Majesté Pourpre, Georges-Émile-Lapalmes Gallery, Place des Arts, Montreal
2018     6th Edition, Mixed Arts Festival (RVAM), Montreal, Canada
2018      Mtl en arts, Montreal, Canada
2017      Yo Series, with Manon Pelletier, Centre d’Artistes Voix Visuelle, Ottawa, Canada
2017      Collectif, Art gallery of Sherbrooke University, Sherbrooke, Canada
2017      Quoi de neuf, Artothèque, Montreal, Canada
2017      While no one was looking, with Shanna Strauss, Mainline Gallery,Montreal
2017      Mtl en arts, emerging artist category, Montreal, Canada
2016      Dix ans de DAM, Biennale,Tohu – Curator by MBAM, Montreal, Canada
2016      Changemakers, Shanna Strauss, Forum Social Mondiale, MAI, Montréal, Canada
2016      Quoi de neuf, Artothèque, Montreal, Canada
2015      Les Héritiers, Montreal, Canada
2015      La diversité dans la Diversité, Artothèque, Montreal, Canada
ART RESIDENCIES
2017     Saint-Louis project, Artist residency, WAAW, Saint-Louis, Senegal
PUBLIC ART
2017      Look at Saint-Michel, Public art project, François-Perrault park, Montreal, Canada
GRANT & DISTINCTIONS
2018   Artch Grant – Emerging artist – Initiated by Art Souterrain, Carrefour Jeunesse-Emploi Centre-Ville, Conseil des arts de Montréal 
2018   Visual Artist of the Year, Gala Dynasty 
2017   CALQ, Bourse relève – Déplacement 
2017   Lojiq – Artist Residency
2017   Honorable mention, Montreal en arts 2017 (Mtl en art), Montreal, Canada
2016   Jeunes Volontaires program, Pierre Fragile project, CLE, Montreal, Canada
ARTIST TALK
2017      Workshop on visual Identity, Artothèque, Montreal, Canada
2017      Panel, artist talk, Art gallery of Sherbrooke University, Canada
SPECIAL PROJECTS
2018      Pierre Fragile- Projet- Projet s’accrocher dans l’tapis, Regional Museum of Rimouski, Canada 
2017       Ruche,Pierre fragile series, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal Canada
2017       Jusqu’où te mènera Montréal – Projet commandé par le 375e de Montréal et le Théâtre aux Écuries
2016       Les trois Dalles séries, Jardins Gamelin – Projet commandé par Amplifier Montréal
 PUBLICATIONS & BIBLIOGRAPHY
2016   Montréal Terre d’Accueil Catalog, [CIM, Montreal City,]
ASSOCIATIONS – MEMBER
L’Imprimerie centre d’artiste 
Diversité Artistique de Montréal  (DAM)
CA member – Association des Artistes Entrepreneurs de Montréal ( l’AARTEN )
Artothèque – Oeuvres en consignation
PRESS
2018    Radio Interview, Artist portrait CKVLFM, 100,1,Marie-Chabot Johnson, 1/9/18
2018    Interview in Journal Le Rendez-Vous de l’Est, Fadwa Lapierre, 26/8/18
2018    Spirited Pursuit – Art Scene in Quebec with Kevin Calixte
2017    Portraits de photographes, Maison de la photo de Montreal
2017    Percevoir la santé mentale comme une pierre fragile, Journal local Pamplemousse Petite-Patrie,par Lindsay-Anne Prévost
2017    Regard sur Saint-Michel, Journal de Saint-Michel, par Jeanne Barbeau, 28/6/17
2017    L’humanité montréalaise en photo, Journal Le Messager,par Andréanne Moreau
2017    Être touriste dans sa propre ville, Journal le Devoir, par Manon Dumais
2017    Coup de coeur Quoi de neuf, Revue l’Argot, par Anne-Philippe Beaulieu
2017    Radio Interview at La Renverse, CFAK 88.3, Sherbrooke
2015    Tv Interview at CTV, Christine Long Les Héritiers Exposition Montreal
2015    Les Héritiers, Radio Interview at Catherine et Laurent CIBL 101,5fm  
2015    Les Héritiers, Radio Interview at Montréal S’EXPOse, CIBL 101,5fm
2015    Les Héritiers, Radio at à Les Comptes à rendre, RCV 102,3fm 
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