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.
I am interested in the question of the emotional, physical, mental and spiritual balance amongst citizens. In 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
2017 Saint-Louis project, Artist residency, WAAW, Saint-Louis, Senegal
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
2017 Workshop on visual Identity, Artothèque, Montreal, Canada
2017 Panel, artist talk, Art gallery of Sherbrooke University, Canada
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
Diversité Artistique de Montréal (DAM)
CA member – Association des Artistes Entrepreneurs de Montréal ( l’AARTEN )
Artothèque – Oeuvres en consignation
2017 Portraits de photographes, Maison de la photo de Montreal
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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