Photo credit: Dan Epstein


Whether on canvas, a performance, or an installation, Marisa Hoicka creates narrative paintings that come to life. She integrates paintings, compelling tactile elements, performance art, interactive video and other electronic media.

She explores, in a surreal yet pragmatic way, young people’s relationships (or lack of) to labour and love – and their insecurities about gender, sexuality and responsibility. Her work reflects people’s never-ending quest for desire and comfort and to reject the undesirable and uncomfortable. Simultaneously disgusting, beautiful and humorous, her creations bridge these relationships’ fantasy and reality.

Hoicka choreographed a solo as part of Singular Bodies at Toronto Dance Theatre. Her “This is Not a Test” was shown on all Air Canada flights as part of the Images Festival’s “Stitches in Time.” Her videos have also been shown in Berlin’s Galerie Kurt Im Hirsch, San Francisco’s MoMA, Oakville Galleries and across Canada.

In 2017 she will take part in the Images Festival “Now What?” residency and artist in residence at the Sirius Arts Centre in Cork, Ireland.

She mixed painting, performance, and installation in her solos “Nature Morte” at Toronto’s 7a*11d International Performance Art Festival and “Escaping Escapism” at the Power Plant. An installation was also featured in Videodrome at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art. She had a solo show of her paintings at the department of Canadian Heritage. Her persona “Uncle Wink” took part in “The Other Painting Competition” at the Art Gallery of Ontario for Nuit Blanche.

Hoicka has received several Ontario Arts Council grants and a visual art grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. She has a Master of Digital Media from Ryerson University and a BFA in Studio Arts from Concordia University. Her video work is distributed by Vtape.