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Speaker Series

For a 15-minute session, our exhibitors will take the stage with a microphone, offering them the chance to engage with the audience by sharing insights into one of their art pieces, their artistic journey, personal history, or any topic they wish to discuss. Following their presentation, there will be a live Q&A session.

2024 Schedule: 

2024 Artist Lineup

Friday, April 12th

Paulina Tokarski
Tokarski, Paulina

Tokarski is a self-taught artist originally from central Poland. Settling in Invermere, in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, Tokarski found that the outdoors became an integral part of her life, inspiring her art in profound ways. Tokarski's journey as an artist began in her teenage years. She spent years exploring acrylic on canvas and wood, later adding acrylic inks and experimenting with mixed media. She is most fascinated by working with alcohol inks on yupo paper, aluminum composite, and wood panels. Nature has been Tokarski's greatest muse. She draws her inspiration from its beauty in all its shapes, textures and colors. Being in the backcountry, feeling the power of the ocean, or simply taking in the beauty of nature allows her to engage in a creative practice of exploration and renewal. Tokarski's art reflects her surroundings and the place that exists within her creative mind; a place she can escape to and be lost within.

Friday, 1:30 PM

Booth # 611

YouRen Yan
Yan, YouRen

Yan is an acclaimed sculptor renowned for his emotive creations that delve into the essence of life. Yan graduated from the Shanghai Art Academy and has sculpted portraits of notable public figures, including Soong Ching Ling, the widow of Sun Yat-sen. He is currently on a mission to create a sculpture park in Canada. "I plan to create one sculpture of a celebrity each year. I have been creating sculptures for 40 years now, and I want to continue doing it for another 40 years until I reach the age of 100," he says. "For each portrait I create, I go through a process of communicating with the subject's soul, delving into their mind, and being inspired by and appreciating their art." 

Friday, 1:55 PM

Booth # 301

Banu Tulumen
Tulumen, Banu

Tulumen is an abstract painter who discovered her passion at the age of eight, finding solace and expression in art. Fascinated by color and texture, she explores various mediums to bring her visions to life. Believing colors have their own voice, she sees them as vibrant and expressive, inspiring her to convey feelings and thoughts through art. Her creative process is intuitive, often starting with a canvas and paint that call to her, leading to evolving images that speak their own truths. In her art, she embraces an Elusive Illusion, letting the canvas and paint guide her without a specific design in mind.

Friday, 2:15 PM

Booth # 503

Sky Lilah
Lilah, Sky

Lilah is a Vancouver native, with a passion for health and wellness. A natural-born artist and entrepreneur, with over nine years of experience in both the creative and entrepreneurial space. Beginning with her first exhibit in 2014, she has strived to continuously grow and challenge herself as an up-and-coming female artist.

She is currently the Vice President of Strategic Growth for the Vancouver Visual Art Foundation (VVAF) and the President of the VVAF Board.

Friday, 2:35 PM

Booth # 617

James Darin Corbiere
Corbiere, James Darin

James Darin Corbiere - Waabi Makoohns (Young White Bear) is Aanishinaabe from the Great Lakes Region of Canada. A former police officer and teacher, Corbiere is now semi-retired pursuing his passion for art as a way to help heal. His technique of using ink on sculpted wood originated from a desire to connect with the spirit of each piece, which in turn, has a story to tell. It is in their creation that he has found a way to heal. Reconciliation is an emerging theme in Corbiere's projects.

Friday, 3:15 PM

Booth # 405


 KARE helps personalities worldwide highlight their individuality and build a happy place by creating and offering a variety of unique, inspiring and joyful products, arrangements and services.With its inexhaustible variety of new trend themes in the field of furnishing the mid-sized company makes a strong impact on consumers, business associates in the furniture business, contract furnishing clients and franchise partners. On the market the brand attracts attention with its ‘furnishing theatre’, the sensuous showcasing of furniture, lamps and decorations in eye-catching furnishing worlds.

Friday, 3:35 PM

James Groening
Groening, James

James Groening, or Blue Sky, is a Burnaby-based Cree artist from Kahkewistahaw Band, Turtle Island. Led by artistic intuition and native legends, Groening works with the physical nuances and spirit of each canvas and elk skin to begin his creation process. His artwork documents his journey of healing and growth, as he attempts to revitalize his cultural identity through art-making and teaching among others.

Friday, 3:55 PM

Booth # 302

Brian Porter
Porter, Brian

Growing up in the 80’s in small-town Ontario, Porter has drawn artistic influence from music and life experiences alike. A background in graffiti and mural painting shines through in his vibrantly coloured work and, today, Porter’s work can be found in collections across the globe. After years of honing his style that blended his street life of painting famous icons, comic book characters and wildlife Porter has created a bold technique that is undoubtedly noticed as nothing other than “ That’s a Porter!”

Friday, 4:15 PM

Botoh # 202

William Orsua
Orsua, William

Orsua, a Filipino Canadian Vancouver-based healthcare worker, wears two hats with equal passion: that of a dedicated professional and an award-winning photographer. Specializing in landscape, wedding, portrait, and corporate photography, artistic vision and technical prowess shine through in every shot he captures. As a Canon pro shooter, he has honed his craft to perfection, with a particular affinity for the breathtaking beauty of landscapes and the thrill of travel photography. Through his lens, William invites viewers to embark on visual journeys that evoke a sense of wonder and awe. 

Friday, 4:35 PM

Booth # 112


Saturday, April 13th

Viktor Mascot
Mascot, Viktor

Driven by a passion for fostering artistic and cultural communities, Le Musée du Monde is committed to making a lasting impact by supporting emerging artists who inspire and motivate. Curated by Viktor Mascot, an art collector and curator-in-chief at Le Musée du Monde, the foundation leads the way in collaborating with governments to provide financial support for immigrant artists worldwide.Viktor Mascot, who also shares his expertise as a marketing professor at New York Tech's MBA program, brings a unique perspective to the curation of Khosravi's work.

Saturday, 12:35 PM

Booth # 104​​

Unique D Furniture
Unique D' Furniture

Born and raised on remote Haida Gwaii, BC. He found his passion for woodworking during the Covid-19 pandemic, using twisted roots, branches, burls, and stumps to create his pieces.

Saturday, 12:55 PM

Booth # 603

Cathy Key
Key, Cathy

Key's striking work, exploring themes of human expression and our place in the natural world, will be on exhibit at Art Vancouver 2024. Key is a Canadian visual artist inspired by the great naturalists of the 19th century. She creates large, multi-layered works using a collage of botanical illustrations, metallic elements, acrylic paint, inks and glazes. Key has a Ph.D. in Anthropology and over 30 years of experience with yoga and ecstatic dance. These experiences ripple through her work and encourage self-enquiry and spiritual exploration. Winner of the 2023 People’s Choice award from the prestigious Sooke Art show, her work is in high demand.

Saturday, 1:15 PM

Booth # 510

Padmashree Nuggehalli Bavarian
Nuggehalli Bavarian, Padmashree

Badarina Nuggehalli is an Indo-Canadian artist based in Vancouver, driven by a desire to capture the diverse emotions of people from various backgrounds through her art. Raised in India, she was instilled with values such as kindness, love, and humility. However, it was in Canada where she found the strength and courage to embrace her true self and appreciate the rich tapestry of cultures around her. As a child, Badarina Nuggehalli realized that her art was often judged by society's standards and limitations. This realization initially led her to believe that art couldn't truly exist without freedom of expression, causing her to momentarily abandon her passion.

However, in 2016, she rediscovered herself through her art, rekindling her confidence and determination. Since then, Badarina Nuggehalli has been studying art and experimenting with various techniques. Her artistic journey is dedicated to showcasing raw emotions, the beauty that envelops us, and the profound depth that defines each individual.

Saturday, 1:35 PM

Booth # 605

Cory Dingle
Dingle, Cory

Join us for an insightful talk led by Cory Dingle, the Executive Director of the Norval Morrisseau Estate, as he delves into the captivating history and latest developments of the largest art fraud case in global history. With his wealth of expertise and insider knowledge, Dingle will unveil the intricate layers of this compelling saga, shedding light on the complexities surrounding the renowned artist Norval Morrisseau and his legacy. From unraveling the origins of the fraud to providing up-to-the-minute updates, attendees can expect to gain invaluable insights into this riveting case.In this thought-provoking session, Dingle will not only explore the depths of the art world but also issue a call to action for all those passionate about preserving artistic integrity and historical truth. Don't miss this exclusive opportunity to engage with one of the foremost authorities on the Norval Morrisseau Estate, as we uncover the truth behind the headlines and chart a path forward in the pursuit of justice and authenticity. Secure your spot today and be part of a transformative discussion that promises to leave a lasting impact on the art community and beyond.

Saturday, 3:35 PM

Perve Galeria
Perve Galeria
Located in Alfama, the historical city centre of Lisbon, Perve Galeria has been developing contemporary art expositions with new and established artists from around the world in national as well as international markets since November 2000.  Artists from Portugal as well as across Europe, Angola, Argentina, Brazil, Cape Verde, the Middle East and Mozambique are represented. Perve Galeria started to represent Canadian-based master João Artur da Silva in 2023. Since arriving in Canada over 30 years ago, he has continued to create art, but never wanted to be involved in any official art shows until now. We are therefore honored and proud to present the debut exhibition in Canada of his works, which cover a range of more than 70 years of art creation.

Featuring master artist, Joao Artur da Silva.

Saturday, 4:15 PM

Booth # 200

Sunday, April 14th

Dilshat Aripov
Aripov, Dilshat

Aripov, an artist specializing in drawing and fine arts, was born in Almaty, Kazakhstan. His work revolves around the culture and enduring oppression faced by the Uyghur community. Showing a passion for drawing from an early age, he pursued studies in Fine Arts and Technical Design. Following his education, Aripov embarked on a career as a drawing teacher in an art studio, a role he continues to fulfill to this day.

Sunday, 12:00 PM

Booth # 601

Im Najeong
Im, Najeong

Im, an artist born and raised in the coastal city of Yeosu, South Korea, decided to pursue her passion for Graphic Design in the United States. After seven years of studying art and design in Atlanta, Georgia, she found herself captivated by Vancouver’s picturesque setting, where she has been living and creating ever since.

Im's artistic repertoire spans across various mediums, including photography, painting, sculpture, and writing. Her works are deeply personal, evoking a sense of intimacy and authenticity that resonates with her audience.

Sunday, 12:20 PM

Booth # 509

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