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Esther Calixte-Bea

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Esther Calixte-Bea is a multidisciplinary artist born in Longueuil of Haitian and Ivorian descent. She
is also a body hair activist known as ‘Queen Esie’. Calixte-Bea 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, drawing, photography, fashion and poetry. Her work addresses topics such as identity, individuality and vulnerability in various forms that are often inspired by her personal life and culture. Through her work she challenges the lack of diversity in the Quebec art industry. She confronts Eurocentric beauty standards by addressing the taboo of female body hair and glorifies it on the bodies of her black female characters. Her body of work presents a universe full of vibrant colours, a safe space where everyone can be themselves. Recently, Calixte-Bea has created a fictional tribe called Fyète Souhou-te, a complex group of women that live by their own rules while simultaneously tackling gender norms and gender-based beauty standards. 

Education

2016-2020

Concordia University

Undergraduate: Painting and Drawing

2018

Centre F.P. Pierre Dupuy

Lancement d’Entreprise en Art Visuel

2014-2016

Dawson College

Visual Arts

2009-2014

Heritage Regional High School

FAF- Visual Arts

Solo Exhibition

September 23rd -October 28th 2021

Creation of an Ethereal World, La Centrale Gallery, Montreal

Group Exhibition

2022

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

2021

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 

(model part of The Womanhood Project)

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

2020
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

2019
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

2018
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

2017
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

2016
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


2015
SPACE Exhibition “Trans”, Warren G. Flowers Gallery, Dawson College, Montreal

Publication

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 https://issuu.com/raissapaes/docs/yiara_volume8

Zavaro, Adele. "Esther Calixte-Bea" L'Organe 'Periple', Mar 2020. p. 20 PRINT  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1z1Z2BQqDJz2etpdVKz8RR4Almi_MWVoo/view?fbclid=IwAR3xyhfN4C7ssX7rTuQWm_-YjT05NXdwZQIFh-x55zYkaRnO7QZju08M6iA

 

Articles

Froundjian , Nanor. “Esther Calixte-Bea Addresses One of the Biggest Taboos: Female Body Hair: Special Issue.” The Link, 1 Oct. 2019, https://thelinknewspaper.ca/article/esther-calixte-bea-addresses-one-of-the-biggest-taboos-female-body-hair

Mignacca , Franca G. “With a Lens on Body Hair, an Artist Challenges Notions of 'Normal' | CBC News.” CBCnews, CBC/Radio Canada, 26 Oct. 2019, https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/photo-series-tackles-stigma-women-chest-hair-1.5336927

Picotte, Vanessa. "Elle défie les conventions et expose sa pilosité sur les réseaux sociaux" Le Courrier du Sud, 29 Jan, 2020, https://www.lecourrierdusud.ca/elle-defie-les-conventions-et-expose-sa-pilosite-sur-les-reseaux-sociaux/

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. https://www.thesun.co.uk/fabulous/10693776/women-ditch-razor-hairy-fuzz-januhairy-proud-snaps/

London, Bianca. "Women are defiantly ditching their razors and posting empowering #Januhairy snaps on social media" Glamour UK. 30 Jan 2020. https://www.glamourmagazine.co.uk/article/januhairy-campaign

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, https://www.glamourmagazine.co.uk/article/esther-calixte-bea-interview

Tv Interviews

Denis Lévesque . "Pas gênée de montrer la pilosité de sa poitrine" TVA Nouvelle. 28 Nov 2019. https://www.tvanouvelles.ca/2019/11/28/elle-ne-se-gene-pas-pour-montrer-sa-pilosite-de-poitrine

Studio Direct. "Esther Calixte-Béa, artiste, photographe et étudiante" TVRS. 13 Feb 2020. http://www.tvrs.ca/emissions/studio-direct/sur-demande?show=29151

Awards

Vocation En Art Exhibition  Coup De Cœur 2016

Vocation En Art Exhibition Young Artist 2016

Salon Des Arts Visuels De Brossard 25th edition Promising Young Artist 2017

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