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Esther Calixte-Bea

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Esther Calixte-Bea is a multidisciplinary artist of Haitian and Ivorian descent. She is born in 1996 in the city of Longueuil. Calixte-Bea is also a body hair activist known as ‘Queen Esie’. She completed her BFA at Concordia University in Painting and Drawing (2020). Her paintings have been featured in Vie des Arts and many news publications such as CBC Radio, CTV Montreal and TVA Nouvelles. Her photography series the 'Lavender Project’ has been featured in Fashion Canada, Glamour UK, and others. She has exhibited her work in several group exhibitions such as “Af-Flux: Biennale Transnational Noire” at Art Mûr (2021) and in Stanley Février’s “MAADI” at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (2022). Calixte-Bea had her first solo exhibition "Creation of an Ethereal World" at La Centrale Powerhouse gallery (2021).

artist statement

Esther Calixte-Bea’s artistic practice expands through various art forms such as painting, photography, textiles and poetry. Through her work, she challenges Eurocentric beauty standards by addressing the taboo of female body hair. In her visual compositions, body hair is glorified on the bodies of her black female characters and exposed with pride instead of shame. She addresses the topics of identity by inventing a fictional tribe called Fyète Souhou-te; individuality by giving each character a unique appearance with intricate hairstyles, and vulnerability by creating a space for healing. Calixte-Bea builds an imaginative world full of vibrant colours often inspired by nature, her personal life and her cultural background. She paints female characters with acrylic paint and occasionally uses fabric to add texture to the work. Navigating through various mediums, she brings her characters to life by creating garments, wigs, and accessories that she displays on mannequins in the exhibition space. Calixte-Bea also works with photographic self-portraiture in which she wears her own creations all the while showing her body hair. Through writing and poetry, she tells a story of the tribe, illustrating their lifestyle, community, traditions and loss of identity.




Concordia University

Undergraduate: Painting and Drawing


Dawson College

Visual Arts


Heritage Regional High School

FAF- Visual Arts

Solo Exhibition


To Be & To Belong, Chiguer Art Contemporain, Montreal


Creation of an Ethereal World, La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse, Montreal

Group Exhibition

The 2023 Art Volt Collection, Le Livart, Montreal

We do not dream of labour, Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa

Hors-Piste Basculement, Atrium Métro Longueuil- Université Sherbrooke, Longueuil



Imaginaires Souverains, Maison de la culture Janine Sutto et Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Montreal

J'habite le territoires, Maison de la Culture de Longueuil Marcel-Robidas, Longueuil

ARTCH, Dorchester Square, Montreal

Stanley Février's MAADI, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal

Art.Écran, Place de la Création, Montreal

Entre, La P'tite Porte, Montreal

Aynalem: L'oeil du monde, Centre d'Art Diane-Dufresne, Repentigny

Dos à Dos, Face à Face, Institut National Art Contemporain, Montreal

Vues d’Afrique-Rallye Expo : Union Urbaine, Boutique Espace Urbaine, Montreal

What is the Future of Canadian Afro Descendant Art, Black Wealth Club X Gallea Digital Exhibition, Montreal


Af-Flux Biennale Transnationale Noire: Monde Bossale, Art Mûr, Montreal

Wall-to-Wall Mural & Culture Festival, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Wild Trails, Jano Lapin Gallery, Montreal

Opening a Dialogue, Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec, Quebec City 

(collaboration with The Womanhood Project)

Musée d’Art Actuel Département des Invisibles (MAADI), Université de Sherbrooke, Campus Longueuil

This is what Compels me to Compel them, Le Livart, Montreal

HUMA-I-N, Galerie Rad Hourani, Montreal 

New Legacies : Untangling the Collective Conscience (online exhibition), Repos Anxieux, Montreal
Black History Month Takeover, Concordia University EV Building, Montreal

Vocation en Art, Carrefour Jeunesse Emploi Saint-Hubert, Saint-Hubert
Reclaiming My Place (student exhibition), Warren G. Flowers Gallery, Montreal
Le Salon, Atelier 2112, Montreal
Body; Language, VAV Gallery, Montreal
L’Environment c’est Intersectionnelle, Librarie Racine 2.0, Montreal-Nord
SPACE Exhibition Perspectives, Warren G Flowers Gallery, Montreal

Vocation en Art, Carrefour Jeunesse Emploi Saint-Hubert, Saint-Hubert
SPACE Exhibition “En-tropy ”,Warren G Flowers Gallery, Montreal
26 ème édition du Salon des Arts Visuels, Centre Socioculturel Alphonse Lepage, Brossard
Vocation en Art 2nd part, Maison des Citoyens Saint-Hubert, Saint-Hubert

Vocation en Art, Carrefour Jeunesse Emploi Saint-Hubert, Saint-Hubert
25 ème édition du Salon des Arts Visuels, Centre Socioculturel Alphonse Lepage, Brossard
SPACE Exhibition “Glitch”, Warren G Flower Gallery , Montreal
Vocation en Art 2nd part, Mayson des Citoyens Saint-Hubert, Saint-Hubert

Vocation en Art, Carrefour Jeunesse Emploi Saint-Hubert, Saint-Hubert
The Global Art League, Montreal Art Center, Montreal
Apis (End of Year Exhibition), Warren G. Flowers Gallery, Dawson College,Montreal
SPACE Exhibition “Visions”, Warren G. Flowers Gallery, Dawson College, Montreal

SPACE Exhibition “Trans”, Warren G. Flowers Gallery, Dawson College, Montreal


Conseils des Arts et Lettres du Québec, 2022
ARTCH Creation Grant, 2022
Conseils des Arts du Canada, 2021

Artist Residency
Développement de carrière à l’international, Artch x NYC Crit Club, 2023
Instagram Residency at L’Imagier, 2022


Visual Artist of the Year Finalist, Gala Dynastie, 2023
Salon Des Arts Visuels De Brossard 25 ème Edition “Jeune artiste prometteur” 2017
Vocation En Art Exhibition “Relève Jeune Artistes” 2016


Rad Hourani
Art Volt

Parle moi d’amour- Les Impatients, 2023
Trait d’Union- Festival International du Film sur l’Art, 2022


The Trans-Exhibition, Edited By Mulvey Frank, Warren G. Flowers Art Gallery, Montreal, Catalogue de l’Exposition, Page 52, 2015, ISBN 978-1-55016-643-9

Visual Arts Graduating Class Apis 16, edited by Smith Stephanie, Meredith Colin J., Vu Caroline, Minh Le Tina Thu Ngo, Dawson College, Montreal, Catalogue de l’Exposition, page 16, 2016

Visions, edited by Mulvey Frank, Warren G. flower Art Gallery, Montreal, Catalogue de l’Exposition, page 80, 2016, ISBN 978-1-55016-996-6

Glitch, edited by Mulvey Frank and Beattie Amanda, Warren G. Flowers Gallery, Montreal, Catalogue de l’Exposition, page 12, 2016, ISBN 978-1-55016-325-4

Entropy, Edited By Beattie Amanda, Warren G. Flowers Art Gallery, Montreal, Exhibition Catalogue, Page 10, 2018, ISBN 978-1-55016-931-7

Perspectives, Watson Sarah, Warren G. Flowers Gallery, Montreal, Catalogue de l’Exposition, Page 14, 2019, ISBN 978-1-55016-798-6

Lalonde, Chloe " Lavender Project" Yiara magazine, 18 Mar 2020. p.24-25 PRINT

Zavaro, Adele. "Esther Calixte-Bea" L'Organe 'Periple', Mar 2020. p. 20 PRINT



Froundjian , Nanor. “Esther Calixte-Bea Addresses One of the Biggest Taboos: Female Body Hair: Special Issue.” The Link, 1 Oct. 2019,

Mignacca , Franca G. “With a Lens on Body Hair, an Artist Challenges Notions of 'Normal' | CBC News.” CBCnews, CBC/Radio Canada, 26 Oct. 2019,

Picotte, Vanessa. "Elle défie les conventions et expose sa pilosité sur les réseaux sociaux" Le Courrier du Sud, 29 Jan, 2020,

Floud, Rebecca. " PRICKLY SUBJECT Women who’ve embraced Januhairy proudly show off their natural fuzz after ditching the razors for a month" The Sun. 29 Jan 2020.

London, Bianca. "Women are defiantly ditching their razors and posting empowering #Januhairy snaps on social media" Glamour UK. 30 Jan 2020.

Londo, Bianca. "'There's nothing wrong with me, there's something wrong with society': Meet the artist who powerfully displays her chest hair to bust beauty ideals" Glamour UK. 17 Feb 2020,

Tv Interviews

Denis Lévesque . "Pas gênée de montrer la pilosité de sa poitrine" TVA Nouvelle. 28 Nov 2019.

Studio Direct. "Esther Calixte-Béa, artiste, photographe et étudiante" TVRS. 13 Feb 2020.

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