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.

Hoicka recently performed a new work in Flow Chart at Dancemakers in Toronto. She will be artist in residence at Doris McCarthy’s “Fool’s Paradise.” She participated in the Images Festival’s “Now What?” residency and was recently artist in residence at the Sirius Arts Centre in Cork, Ireland.

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.

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.