January 18-27, 2019
Bareket Kezwer is a Toronto based visual artist, muralist, curator and eternal optimist. Her work is motivated by a desire to spread joy, nurture present minded living, cultivate gratitude, and foster new social interactions. Kezwer works with bright colours and bold patterns to captivate people’s attention and fill them with delight. She is passionate about creating art that both aesthetically and psychologically brightens the streets and wants to build a community around positive living. This is what inspired her to start the ongoing SMILE project—since 2007 she has created SMILEs all over the world, including in Canada, Cuba, Germany, India, Israel, Mexico, Nepal, Singapore, Spain, The Netherlands, Malaysia, USA, and Vietnam.
Over the last five years, Kezwer has been creating custom large-scale artworks for clients including The New Yorker, Destination Canada, Facebook, Airbnb, 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 STEPS Initiative and private clients. For two summers, she has organized Womxn Paint, an all female street art jam.
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