Ito Laïla François

Ito Laïla François was born in Quebec in 1985, and holds two diplomas in sculpture and glass art and one in Art Studies by the Concordia University, Montreal.

Her multimedia approach and anatomical studies convey the dichotomy between beauty and ugliness in living things. François is interested in exploring ideas of femininity, violence, and body image in her practice, using natural materials such as wood and fur, as well as manipulated glass. 

Selected Exhibitions

2017     Artist Center, solo show,  Vrille- Art Actuel, La Pocatière, QC
2016     Kasàlà, solo show, Galerie d'Espace Verre, Montréal,QC                            
2016     Microcosme, group show, Kamouraska Art Center 
2016     Dur comme d'la Roche, group show, Deschambault - Grondines
2016     Microcosme, group show, Rimouski Regional Museum
2017     Artist Center,  group show, Vrille- Art Actuel, La Pocatière, Quebec, Canada 

2016     Kasala, solo show, Walnut Contemporary, Toronto, Canada 

2016     Gorgeous Ugliness, solo show, Kamouraska Art Center, Quebec, Canada

2015     You're Gorgeous, solo show,  Galerie Léonard Parent, Rimouski, Quebec, Canada

2014     Prix François Houdé, MMAQ, Montréal
2014     Territoire Magnétique, group show, Maison de la culture Marie Uguay, Montréal
2014     Territoire Magnétique, group show, Musée Régional de la Côte-Nord, Sept-Îles

2013     Meurs et deviens, solo show, Artist Center, Panache , Havre-Saint-Pierre, Quebec, Canada

Awards & Recognition
2015     Marquise Leblanc Prize with artist Virginia Bordeleau
2015     Royal Baque of Canada Award for emerging glass artist
2014     Finalist at the François Houdé Prize, Montreal
2012     Caisse Culture and Culture Succession Award
2012     CGal Scholarship Recipient for Promising Artist
2011     Inverness Bronze Foundry Workshop
2011     Falling in the Eye, Fish Eye, Quebec,  Workshop
2011     Tristan de la Galerie Tzara
 

Ours - Bears, 2014
L’élégance de Charles, 2015
Caller le Caribou, 2013
Par le Ventre, 2014
La Malcommode, 2016
La Malcommode (detail), 2016
Racines Defoliantes, 2016
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Ours - Bears, 2014

Cement and acrylic paint Variable dimensions