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Alexei Vella
412 – 22 McCaul Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M5T 3C2

1.416.414.0268
alexei(at)alexeivella.com
www.alexeivella.com

Education
2009 – 2011
Ontario College of Art & Design University (OCADU)
Masters of Fine Art – Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

2003 – 2007
Sheridan College
Bachelor of Applied Arts w/t Honours – Interpretive Illustration.
Oakville, Ontario, Canada.

Clients
Ryerson Review of Journalism
Scientific American
Houstonia Magazine
Monocle Magazine
Dialogue Review
Variety Magazine
Diabetic Living
Seattle Metropolitan
New York University Law
Howler Magazine
Mother Jones
HOW Magazine
Plansponsor
Golf Business
Wired UK
Macworld
San Francisco Chronicle
Canadian Lawyer
Las Vegas CityLife
Education Canada
4Students
Alberta Oil
Alberta Venture
Paprika
Polaris Music Prize
DimeStore Films Shatterglass Studios
Condé Nast
This Magazine
Benefits Canada
The Globe And Mail
Canadian Business
Maisonneuve
Brick Weekly
Isthmus
Grip Magazine
Canadian Family
Shameless
Foodservice & Hospitality
ON Nature
4Panel
Feathertale
Electric Pear
University of Guelph: CSA
Rogers Communications
Core Digital Pictures
OCADU
Sandbox Communications
Toyota
Hewlett Packard
Alejandro Cardona
Peter Ryan

Solo Exhibitions
2013
Beings from Beyond, Open Studio – Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

2011
It Lacks A Human Corpse – MFA Thesis Show, ESP Gallery – Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

2008
Master Of The Crystal Castle, The Soda Gallery – Dallas, Texas, USA.
Kaleidoscope!, Metropolis-Store & Gallery – Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA.

Group Exhibitions
2016
1+( )-Global Network Illustration Fair, COEX D Hall, Seoul, South Korea.

2015
Bad Ass Canucks, The Steam Whistle Brewery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

2013
Rolemodels, Light Grey Art Lab Gallery – Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
Polaris Music Prize – Poster – The Carlu, Toronto, Ontario.
Insert Adventure Here, Arta Gallery – Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Disrupting and Undoing
, Open Gallery at OCADU – Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

2012
Black Math, The Steam Whistle Brewery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

2011
SpeakEasy Illustration Show, The Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Gladstone 5th Anniversary Show, The Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

2010
There will be Printing in the Streets, Butterfield Park at OCADU, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Applied Arts Award Exhibit, Artscape’s Wychwood Barns, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
The Dino Show, Double Punch Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA.
Pretty Ugly, OCADU Graduate Student Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Printing in the Streets – OCADU – Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
IMYGRATE, Olio Artists Co-operative/Gallery, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

2009
From Me To You, Show & Tell Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Verge, OCADU Graduate Student Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
SpeakEasy Illustration Show, The Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Wild Things, HQ Galerie Boutique, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Applied Arts Award Exhibit, Burroughes Building, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
The Lonely Robot, Magic Pony, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Happily Never After, Keep Six Contemporary, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
The Right Place, Double Punch Gallery, San Francisco, California.
The Birds and The Bees, Jerome Jenner Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

2008
POP Euphoria, Aurora Gallery, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA.
KNOW, Gen Art Vanguard Fair, Miami, Florida, USA.
Surfacing, Hibbleton Gallery, Fullerton, California, USA.
Don’t Look At Me, I’m A Monster!, HQ Galerie Boutique, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
SpeakEasy Illustration Show, The Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Squarefoot Show, AWOL Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
No Parachute Required, Gallery 1313, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
SuperHero, San Diego Comic Con, San Diego, California, USA.
Yokai In Your Eye, Bear & Bird Boutique + Gallery, Lauderhill, Florida, USA.
HQ Turns Two!, HQ Galerie Boutique, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Tasty Pulp, Etc., The Soda Gallery, Dallas, Texas, USA.
Bepo + Mimi show: ‘1st Sign of Spring’, The Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Applied Arts Award Exhibit, Burroughes Building, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
8 Degrees of Separation, York Quay Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

2007
X-mas Group Exhibit, La Petite Mort Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
SpeakEasy Illustration Show, The Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Applied Arts Students Award Show, Studio One, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Sheridan Institute Grad Show, The Steam Whistle Brewery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Press/Publications
2013
Featured in Tune In Magazine – Artist Interview
Featured on Akimbo – http://www.akimbo.ca/58826
Featured on 4panel.ca – http://www.4panel.ca
Featured in Sticker Bomb XL – Sticker Book

2012
Featured on Lehen Malti: Maltese Voice – Cultural Television Broadcast – Artist Interview

2011
Featured on Akimbo – http://www.akimbo.ca/27151

2010
Featured on Akimbo
http://www.akimbo.ca/18913

2009
Featured in Applied Arts – Youngblood Feature

2008
Featured in Sticker Bomb – Sticker Book
Featured on Akimbo – http://www.akimbo.ca/9635

2007
Featured on Juxtapoz – http://www.juxtapoz.com/current/alexei-vella

Grants/Awards & Honors
2016
American Illustration 35 – ‘Selected’.

2010
MARTY: Emerging Visual Arts – Nomination
3×3 International No.7 Pro Show – Editorial Category – Merit
Applied Arts Illustration Awards #19 – Editorial Category

2009
3×3 Illustration Annual #6 – Pro Show – Merit.
American Illustration 28 – ‘Selected’.
Applied Arts Illustration Awards #18 – Editorial Category
Applied Arts Illustration Awards #18 – Personal Category
Applied Arts – Youngblood Feature.
CMYK Magazine: Call For Aspiring Creatives #43 – Illustration Category.
OCAD Graduate Scholarship – OCAD University.

2008
American Illustration 27 – ‘Selected’.
Creative Quarterly #12: Illustration Category – Merit.
Applied Arts Illustration Awards #17 – Editorial Category.
Applied Arts Illustration Awards #17 – Personal Category.

2007
Creative Quarterly Best of 2007 – Honourable Mention.
American Illustration 26 – ‘Selected’.
Creative Quarterly #8 – Illustration Category – Gold.
3×3 Illustration Annual #4 – Student Show – Gold.
3×3 Illustration Annual #4 – Student Show – Bronze.
3×3 Illustration Annual #4 – Student Show – Merit.
Applied Arts Student Awards – Illustration Category.
Student Union Award Of Excellence – Sheridan Institute.

2006
Hambly and Woolley Award for Best in Show – Sheridan Institute.

Residencies
2013
Visiting Artist Residency, Open Studio – Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Art Fairs
2008
Art Basel Miami – Miami, Florida, USA.

Lectures/Talks/Panels
2013
Artist Talk – Beings from Beyond, Open Studio – Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Artist Talk – Disrupting and Undoing, Open Gallery at OCADU – Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

2011
Artist Talk – I Do My Own Stunts  Toronto School Of Art – Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Relevant Work Experience            
2006 – Present
Freelance Graphic Designer – Worked with Sandbox Communications’ design team on Interactive and Graphic design creating online and email Ads for clients such as Hewlett Packard and Toyota.

Freelance Illustrator – Editorial work; clients listed below. Manages commissions, invoices, contracts, self-promotion, and other business expenses. Self-directed projects include personal illustrations, artwork, gallery shows, and zines, as well as maintaining a portfolio website.

2015 – Present
Continuing Education Instructor – Continuing Studies, OCADU, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

2011 – 2013
Teaching Assistant – Continuing Studies, OCADU, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

2009 – 2011
Research Assistant – Graduate Studies, OCADU, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.