About

Agata Derda is a Canadian visual artist and printmaker. Derda was born in Poland in the 80s as a second of four siblings in a working class family. She started her art education as a child in a local youth centre and continued until she was 19 years old at the High School of Fine Arts in Wroclaw, Poland. A Few years after finishing the high school, Derda immigrated to Ireland where she undertook a BFA in Printmaking in the Galway Mayo Institute of Technology. Then Derda moved to Edmonton, Canada in 2011 to start an MFA at the University of Alberta. She has shown her work at several solo shows in Canada and national and international group shows (China, the United States and Europe). Currently, she lives and works exclusively on her art practice in Toronto.
Derda’s artistic interest in the dark side of human condition relates to her experiences of growing up in a country damaged by a difficult history, especially the World War II and Communism.

If you wish to contact Agata Derda, email at proudprintmaker@gmail.com

Education

-Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking, University of Alberta, Canada 2011-2013
-Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Ireland 2006-2010

Solo / Duo Exhibitions

2020

Solo Show, Open Studio, Toronto, Canada (details tbd)

2019

FRACTURED BEINGS: An Internal and Collective Look at Humankind with Grace Sippy, Cedar Ridge Creative Centre Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada
DARK ROADS Solo Show and Visiting Artist Lecture, One on One Gallery, Medicine Hat College, Medicine Hat, Canada
DARK ROADS Solo Show, Ottawa School of Art ByWard Gallery, Ottawa, Canada

2017

NOW WE LOSE Solo Show and Visiting Artist Lecture, School of The Arts, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada

2013

CREATURE OF CLIMAX Solo Show, FAB Gallery, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

2011

HOMO APPARATUS First Solo Show sponsored by Lorg Printmakers as part of Bursary Award, Lorg Printmakers, Galway, Ireland

Group Exhibition Participation

2018

-Artist Proof Print Sale – Open Studio, Toronto, Canada 
-Pushing The Pull,
Fort Lauderdale, Fl, USA
-Intersecting Boundaries,
Fundacja Doliny Palacow i Ogrodow, Bukowiec, Poland
-The International Print Triennial,
Krakow, Poland
-Wider Than High, Hamilton Artists Inc., Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
-Seventh international Mini-print Biennial 
Ottawa School of Art, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
-Open Studio Members’ Ink – 
Open Studio, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
-Squared
– Fundraiser Art Sale, Hamilton Artists Inc., Hamilton, Canada
-Going to Ground – Portfolio Exchange presented at the Southern Graphics Conference International, Las Vegas, USA

2017

-Past The Hollow Body – Three Person Show, The Snake Pit, Hamilton, Canada
Annual International Contemporary Print – Miniprint Kazanlak 2017, The Art Gallery of Kazanlak, Bulgaria

2016

Artist Proof Print Sale – Open Studio, Toronto, Canada 2015

2015

The International Print Triennial – Krakow 2015, Bunkier Sztuki – Art Gallery, Krakow, Poland

2013

-Prismatika – Illusions of The Universe, Steppes Gallery, Edmonton, Canada
The International Print Triennial – Krakow 2012, Where is Printmaking?, Contemporary Art Gallery, Opole, Poland
The 4th Guanlan International Print Biennial, Guanlan Original Printmaking Base, Shenzhen, China

2012

-Walking On Walls, Society of Northern Alberta Print Gallery, Edmonton, Canada
-Shy Rabbit Contemporary Arts Print International III, International Juried Online Exhibition, Pagosa Springs, USA

2011

SNAP’s Annual Print Affair, Society of Northern Alberta Print Gallery, Edmonton, Canada
-The Collective Memory Project: Responses to Eugenics in Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

2010

-Impressions ‘10, Contemporary Irish Printmaking, Galway Arts Center, Galway, Ireland
-LE TEMPS DES SIRÈNES – The 2nd International Biennial of Women in Contemporary Art – Lorient, France
-RDS Travelling Art Awards Exhibition, ISLAND Arts Center, Lisburn, Northern Ireland
-Royal Dublin Society Student Art Awards Exhibition, RDS, Dublin, Ireland
-Launch at Lorg Printmakers, Official Gallery Opening, Galway, Ireland
-The Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibition VI – Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
-Honours Degree Show – GMIT student’s exhibition, Cluain Mhuire, GMIT Galway, Ireland

2009

-Diverse Printmaking – Ordinary Degree Graduate Show GMIT student’s exhibition, RK Burt Gallery, London, Great Britain
-Diverse Printmaking – Ordinary Degree Graduate Show GMIT student’s exhibition, NUIG, Galway, Ireland
-Proximity ‘09– Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology student’s exhibition, GMIT, Galway, Ireland

2008

-RDS Travelling Art Awards Exhibition, Damer House, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary, Ireland
-RDS Travelling Art Awards Exhibition, Alley Arts Center, Strabane, Co. Tyrone, Ireland
-Royal Dublin Society Student Art Awards Exhibition, RDS, Dublin, Ireland
-Proximity ’08 Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology student’s exhibition, GMIT, Galway, Ireland

Awards

* Nick Novak Fellowship, Open Studio, Toronto, Canada, 2018

* The Special Award of the Rector of the Maria Curie-Sklodowska
University in Lublin, International Print Triennial Krakow, Poland, 2018

* The Mary Louise Imrie Graduate Student Award, Canada, 2012

* The Alberta Foundation for Arts Scholarship, Canada, 2012

* The University of Alberta Scholarship for MFA Graduate Students, Canada, 2011

* Student of the Year in Printmaking Award, Ireland, 2010

* Lorg Printmakers Bursary, Ireland 2010