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Originally from Montreal, Fiona Ackerman is a painter living and working in Vancouver, BC. Since completing her BFA through Concordia and ECIAD, Fiona has exhibited across Canada and in Europe (London, Berlin, Nuremberg, Munster, and Düsseldorf). She was longlisted for the Sobey Prize in 2015 and received an honorable mention for the Kingston Prize for Canadian Portraiture in 2009. Recent projects include a building wrap mural in Vancouver, and a commissioned 10 minute video projection for the Façade Festival (Burrard Arts Foundation), projected onto the façade of the Vancouver Art Gallery. She lives and works in Vancouver, Canada.


Rooted in abstraction, Fiona Ackerman pushes her work in new directions to surprise herself and keep the limits of her painting wide open. Working in series, Fiona develops a language specific to the mood or conceptual objectives she’s working on. Over the years, her work has seen many different stylistic evolutions. Fiona sees this arc of her work much like that of an author. Each series is like a new book, different in tone, style and story. But they are all part of a larger archive, and each a meaningful piece of the whole.

The Globe and Mail



2002 BFA, Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Visual Arts, Vancouver
1998-2000 Concordia University, Painting and Drawing, Montreal

Solo exhibitions

2012 "Expeditions Through the Mirrror" Galerie Claus Steinrötter, Müster Germany
2012 "Heterotopia", Winsor Gallery, Vancouver BC
2011 “Celebratory Gunfire”, Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary AB
2010 “Artificial Kingdom” Parts Gallery, Toronto ON
2009, “A Harlequin Escapade” Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver  BC
2008, “Reminiscence” View Art Gallery, Victoria BC
2005  “Heavy Sky Over Surabaya” Galerie Jurgen Kaspar, Nuremberg, DE

Group Exhibitions

2011 "Rover Art Fair" Montrreal PQ
2011 "Cheaper Show #10", Vancouver BC
2010 "Pushing the Edge" Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver BC
2010 "Rover Art Fair" Montreal PQ
2010 "Cheaper Show #9", W2, Vancouver BC
2010 “Gold.”, Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver BC
2010, “Clearly Seen” On the Rise Artist Collective, Vancouver BC
2009 “Kingston Prize for Canadian Portraiture” Kingston, Ont., Toronto Ont., Wolfville NS, Calgary AB
2008 “Group Show.” View Art Gallery, Victoria BC
2007  “Halcyon Days.” Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver BC
2007  “Portrayal.” Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver BC

Art Fairs

2012 Art Toronto (Toronto International Art Fair) - Heringer Kiss Gallery
2010 Art Toronto (Toronto International Art Fair) - Parts Gallery
2009  “The Artist Project Toronto,” Toronto ON
2008 “The Artist Project Toronto.” The Liberty Grand, Toronto ON


Bankhaus Bauer HT, Stuttgart Germany
BMO - Bank of Montreal

Publications: web / Print

2012 From the Desk Of - (web interview) November 28
2012 Juxtapose Magazine - (web feature) October 25
2012 "Der magische Ort" Münstersche Zeitung - Noveber 24
2012 "Expeditionen mit dem Spiegel" Wesfälische Nachrichte, Nov 23
2011 Proxart Magazine, California
2011 "Interview: Fiona Ackerman" Block Magazine, June 17
2010 Branch Magazine, issue 3: Hunger
2010 “Artificial Kingdom” R.M.  Vaughan, Globe and Mail Toronto
2010 "Pushing the Edge, Diane Farris Gallery" Helena Wadsley, Galleries West, Winter
2009 "A Harlequin Escapade" Mike Landry, Things of Desire (web)
2009 “Art is in the right place at the Eastside Culture Crawl”  Janet Smith, The Georgia Straight
2008 Magenta Carte Blanche: Vol.2 - Painting. Introduction by Jane Urquhart
2008 “The Abstract Art of Reminiscence” Kevin Nelson, Monday Magazine
2008 “In A Garden,” Shelagh Plunkett, EnRoute Magazine
2005 “2 Facetten der Verwandtschaft,” Bernd Zachoe, Nurnberger Nachrichten
2005 “Kunst aus Kanada: Fiona Ackermans Bilder,” Jochen Schmoldt, Plarrer Magazine
2004 “Artists Get Inspired when Cultures Collide,” Elaine Cordon, Westender Magazine
2004 “21 Artist Pile-Up: Collision 2004,” Terminal City, Alan Hindle
2003 “Collision Vision Unites Artists on Wood Work,” Mary Frances Hill, Westender Magazine


2009 Honorable Mention, Kinston Prize Portrait Competition, Kingston Arts Council
2008 Chosen for “Carte Blanche, Vol. 2 – Painting.”  The Magenta Foundation


2009  “Art for Life” Charity auction and gala, Vancouver BC
2007 “Art for Life” Charity auction and gala, Vancouver BC
2004 “Collision 2004.” A collaborative project and exhibition conceived and organized by Fiona Ackerman including 21 Vancouver artists. Interurban Gallery, Vancouver BC
2004 Commissioned public mural, City of Vancouver, Carroll Street Greenway Project.
Pigeon Park, 1 West Hastings St, Vancouver BC
2003 “Collision 2003.” A collaborative project and exhibition conceived and organized by Fiona Ackerman including 23 Vancouver artists. Interurban Gallery, Vancouver BC