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Sylvia Safdie

 (born 1942)
Sylvia Safdie is active/lives in Quebec / Canada.  Sylvia Safdie is known for painting.

Biography  
Sylvia Safdie


Biography from Waddington's

Sylvia Safdie was born in Aley, Lebanon in 1942, grew up in Israel, and moved to Canada in 1953.  She graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1975 and has been producing art ever since, along with teaching at Dawson College in Montreal from 1972 to 1987.

Safdie has exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions in Canada, the United States, Europe, and Asia, and her work is included in prominent corporate and public collections worldwide.  Safdie lives and works in Montreal, Quebec.

Selected Corporate, Private and Public Collections:
Agnes Etherington Art Center, Kingston Air Canada, Montréal
Art Gallery of Hamilton
Art Gallery of North York
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
Banco Cidade, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Banque de commerce, Montréal
Banque Julious Bar, Genève, Suisse
Cadillac Fairview, Toronto
Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa
Claridge Collection, Montréal
Conseil des arts, Communauté urbaine de Montréal Esso Ltd., Toronto
Galerie Leonard & Bina Ellen, Montréal
Guanlan Museum, Shenzhen, China
Lavalin, Montréal
City of Copenhagen, Denmark
Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery Permanent Collection, Concordia University
Loto Québec
MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina
McDonald's, Canada
McGill University, Montréal
Ministère des communautés culturelles et immigration, Montréal
Montréal Expos
Musée d’art contemporain, Montréal
Musée d'art de Joliette, Québec
Musée des beaux-arts, Montréal
Musée de Québec, collection de prêt d’œuvres d’art Nickle Arts Museum, Calgary
Petro-Canada, Calgary
Pratt and Whitney, Montréal
La Ville de Genève, Suisse
Royal Bank of Montréal
La Ville de Copenhagen, Denmark
Sun Life of Canada
Senvest Collection, Montréal
Teleglobe, Canada
Thomas More Institute, Montréal
Université de Montréal Westbourne, Montreal University of Lethbridge, Alberta

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

2014 The Absent Present, Prefix, Toronto, ON

2013 Amzrou/Morocco, Galerie J. Yahouda, Montréal

2011 Time, MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, SK Improvisations, les flâneries
musicales de Reims, Reims, France

2010 Movement, Galerie de la Porte d’Italie Toulon, Toulon, France Capsule 3, Galerie d’art Leonard & Bina Ellen, Montréal

2008 Act/Shadow, LENTOS (Museum of contemporary art), Linz, Austria

2007 Shaping, Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary

2006 Sylvia Safdie/Recent Works, Peak Gallery, Toronto

2005 Heads, Gallery McClure, Montréal

2004 Sylvia Safdie/Works, Peak Gallery, Toronto Testimony of Trees, Firehouse Gallery, Burlington, Vermont

2003 New Works 2002 – 2003, Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary The Inventories of Invention, Galerie d’art Leonard & Bina Ellen, Montréal

2002 Extensions, Tom Thomson Memorial Gallery, Owen Sound, Ontario Extensions, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga, Ontario

2001 Reflections, Peak Gallery, Toronto Freites-Revilla Gallery, Miami, Florida

2000 Threshold, Paul Petro, Toronto Earth Bound, Tracey Lawrence Gallery, Vancouver Autres territoires, Centre culturel canadien, Paris

1999 La Galerie Séquence, Chicoutimi, Québec

1998 Earth Marks, Paul Petro, Toronto

1997 Spruce Street Forum Gallery, San Diego, California

1996 Wan Fung Art Gallery, Beijing, China Recent Drawings and Sculpture, Diane Farris, Vancouver Recent Drawings and Sculpture, Paul Petro, Toronto

1995 Memory and Making, Gallery 312, Chicago

1994 Sculptures et dessins récents, Galerie J. Yahouda, Montréal Recent Drawings and Sculpture, The Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Hart House, University of Toronto, Toronto Recent Drawings and Sculpture, Paul Kuhn Fine Art Gallery, Calgary Sculptures, Andata Ritorno, Genève, Suisse Dessins, Galerie Kara, Genève, Suisse

1992 Zakhor, Expression, Centre d'exposition de Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec Recent Works, Evelyn Aimis Gallery, Boca Raton, Florida

1991 J. Yahouda Gallery, Montreal at 262 Brompton Rd., London, England Tzel (II), Nathalie Karg, Ltd., New York 1990 Tzel, Extension Gallery, Toronto Glimot, Gallery 101, Ottawa

1990/88/86/84 Evelyn Aimis Fine Art, Toronto

1989 Paul Kuhn Fine Art, Calgary

1988 Oeuvres choisies 1982-1988, Galerie Montcalm, Hull, Québec

1987 Série Goreme, Ouzia, Eidola, Galerie du Centre des arts Saidye Bronfman, Montréal Série Goreme, Ouzia, Eidola Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton Masks

1985 Galerie J. Yahouda Meir, Montréal

1983/81/82 Galerie Don Stewart, Montréal, Toronto

1980 Série Source

1979 Véhicule, Montréal

Selected Collaborative Exhibitions with John Heward:
2014 Consonance and Dissonance, (free jazz and video) Musée des beaux arts, Montréal

2002 Collaboration, John Heward, Sylvia Safdie, Peak Gallery, Toronto

1995 Memory and Making, Gallery 312, Chicago

1993 Die Frie, Copenhagen, Denmark

1992 Zakhor, Centre d'exposition St. Hyacinthe, St. Hyacinthe, Québec Zakhor,
115 Wooster Street, New York

Selected Group Exhibitions:
2009 Sur papier ou presque, Orangerie du Domaine de Madame Èlizabeth, Versailles, Frances

2009 2nd Guanlan International Print Biennial, Shenzhen, China

2009 Guanlan Museum, Shenzhen, China

2006 Dessins de la Collection, Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, QC Blanc silence, Galerie Simon Blais, Montreal, QC Capital & Pedestal, Akau Inc., Toronto Du Quêteux au Migrant, Centre d’exposition de l’Université de Montréal, QC

2005 International Biennale of Contemporary Art, National gallery in Prague

2004 Du nouveau du coté de la collection d’oeuvres d’art, Centre d’exposition del’Université de Montréal, Montréal Branching Out, Sylvia Safdie and Andrew Wright, Peak Gallery and Roam Contemporary, New York

2003 L’école des femmes, Musée d’art de Joliette, Jolliette, Québec

2002 Cluster II, Peak Gallery, Toronto

2001 25 Artists, 25 years: Celebrating the Faculty of Fine Arts, Galerie d'art Leonard & Bina Ellen, Université Concordia, Montréal

2000 Afterimage, Jewish Community Campus, Montréal Passart: Passage 1990-2000, Centre d’exposition de Rouyn-Noranda, Québec

1999 New Acquisitions: Selections from the Permanent Collection, Galerie d'art Leonard & Bina Ellen, Université Concordia, Montréal

1998 Between Body and Soul, Galerie d'art Leonard & Bina Ellen, Université Concordia, Galérie du Centre des arts Saidye Bronfman, Montréal

1997 Collectart, Musée de la Ville de Lachine, Québec Oeuvres vives, Galerie l’UQAM, Montréal New Works, Art Gallery of North York, Toronto

1996 L'Oeil du collectionneur, Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal Still Life, Paul Kuhn Fine Arts, Calgary Sculptures, Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver From Memory to Transformation, Toronto

1995 Écrits pour voir, Centre d’exposition CIRCA, Montréal

1994 Hidden Values, McMicheal Canadian Art Collection, Kleensburg, Ontario Le Partage d’une vision, La Collection Lavalin du Musée d’art de Montréal De Causis et Fractatibus, Axe Néo-7, Hull, Québec Le Nu Contemporain, Galerie Lacerte Palardy, Montréal

1993 Flash art, Die Frie, Copenhagen, Denmark Visual Language, SAW Gallery, Ottawa Absolute Realities, art initiatives, New York

1992 Québécois Contemporain, Galerie L'UQÀM, Montréal Reflections on Environments, The Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, Vermont Dialogue, Centre international d'arts contemporain, Montréal Themes of Imminence, Burlington Cultural Center, Burlington, Ontario

1991 Hors Murs, Gallery J. Yahouda, Montréal at 167 Spring Street, New York

1989 Montréal sur papier, Galerie du Centre des arts Saidye Bronfman, Montréal Identité, Galerie J. Yahouda Meir, Montréal

1988 Les temps chauds, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, (exposition itinérante: Toulouse, Liège, etc.) Figurative Force, Stratford Art Gallery, Stratford, Ontario

1985 Works by Selected Graduates: 10th Anniversary Celebration, Concordia University, Montréal Canada Council Art Bank, Galerie Montcalm, Hull, Québec Focus On Faculty, Dawson College, Montréal

1984 Québec Artists, Moosart Gallery, Miami, Florida Tout l’art du monde, Gare maritime, Montréal Canada Council Art Bank, Emily Carr College of Art, Vancouver La collection de prêt d’œuvres d’art du Musée de Québec, Musée d’art contemporain, Montréal

1984 Face à face, Powerhouse Gallery, Montréal

1983 Exposition 9” x 9”, Galerie J. Yahouda Meir, Montréal

1979 Arts Femmes, Musée d’art contemporain, Montréal

1978 Dessins d’une vingtaine d’artistes de Montréal, Galerie du Centre des arts Saidye Bronfman, Montréal First Canadian Biennale of Prints and Drawings, Alberta College Art Gallery, Calgary First Biennale for Québec Artists, Galerie du Centre des arts Saidye Bronfman, Montréal

Selected Awards and Prizes:
1993 Canada Council, "B" Grant

1991/93 Gouvernement du Québec, Ministère des affaires culturelles, bourse “A” Thomas More Institute, Montréal - first prize

1987/80 Canada Council, Project Grant Gouvernement du Québec, Ministère des affaires culturelles, aide “Accessibilité”

1977 First Biennale for Québec Artists, Galerie du Centre des arts Saidye Bronfman, Montréal

Selected Commissions:
2004 Conseil superior de la langue française
2000 Federation CJA, Reach, Sylvia Safdie and John Heward
1986 Beth El Synagogue, Montréal, Veyehe Ore, Triptych
1980 Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Tellurian, costumes et scénographie

Selected Links:
sylviasafdie.com
Canadian Art Database


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About  Sylvia Safdie

Born:  1942 - Aley, Lebanon
Known for:  painting