Our new multi-use building at 850/854 Bloor St., which houses a 30 bed shelter, drop-in and social enterprise café, is also a showcase for the work of cutting-edge international artist, Bruno “Smoky”.
Bruno, known as “Smoky”, is visual artist who has dedicated his life to stunning and surreal visual art – which can be found all across the downtown Toronto landscape. He began his work as an artist painting on walls around his neighbourhood in Brasilandia, Sao Paulo, Brasil. He went on to gain international and professional recognition through his artistic journeys throughout Brasil, Chile, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Argentina, Paraguay, Sweden, USA, England and Canada.
His work focuses on dream-like scenarios, wildlife and interesting faces with wild splashes of bold colour. He is always in search of artistic exchanges and has made learning and teaching a core part of his work. He has worked with various organizations and NGOs, teaching the history of graffiti and its role within society to at-risk youth. He is also the coordinator for the Essencia Arts Collective, and a founding member of the Clandestinos Crew. Recently, Smoky moved to Toronto together with his wife and artistic collaborator, Shalak, to continue his work.
“I do not neglect my roots, my greatest pleasure is to paint in communities, bringing art and culture to otherwise forgotten and precarious neighborhoods. I use Graffiti in the context of creating a space to exhibit my art to society, my themes are full of colors and forms of protest”
We have had the pleasure of working with Smoky to produce a mural of the Northern Lights for the façade of our Bloor St. facility. We are excited to set the stage for graphic arts on Bloor and to be a part of the colourful landscape that Smoky has painted across our beautiful city! Our hope is that the community enjoys his work as much we do!
For more information on Smoky’s work and contact for booking visit his website.