Caroline Ji (季晨曦)
Born 1988 in Xuzhou, China.
Currently lives and works in Toronto, Canada.

Caroline Ji is a self-taught artist with a previous background in engineering. In 2014 she left her engineering career to begin painting. She picked up oil painting in that year and has been practicing as a full-time professional artist since 2015.

Her current body of work explores solitude that stems from an introverted personality, and uses both the figure and still life as the subject. She considers her work narrative paintings, but the narrative is told through the mood and atmosphere. Her inspirations come from life and people around her, as well as memories and an awkward understanding of cultural identity from being both Canadian and Chinese. Caroline's technique is influenced by Classical painting and the Old Masters, but she has gradually evolved to step away from traditional realistic paintings to explore more abstracted ways of image making in terms of design and composition while still maintaining the feel of the physical world.

Caroline received her BASc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo in 2012. Her paintings are collected in private collections across Canada, USA, and Europe. She has exhibited in Canada and USA.

Caroline Ji is currently represented by Sivarulrasa Gallery in Almonte, Ontario (covering Ottawa-Gatineau region). 


Three-Person Exhibitions

2019          FIGURE, Sivarulrasa Gallery, Almonte ON

Select Group Exhibitions

2019          58th Toronto Outdoor Art Fair (forthcoming), Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto ON
2019          UNWRITTEN, Project Art Toronto at Kontort Production Space, Toronto ON

2018          Figureworks 2018, St Brigid's Centre for the Arts, Ottawa ON
2018          OSA 2018 Emerging Artist Juried Exhibition, Neilson Park Creative Centre, Etobicoke ON
2018          12x12 Show, Spoke Art @ Vertical Gallery, Chicago IL
2018          Bombay Artisan Series, Artscape Sandbox, Toronto ON
2018          Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto ON
2018          6th Annual Art Exhibition, Project Art Toronto, Toronto ON
2018          Artist Project 2018: UNTAPPED Emerging Artist, Exhibition Place, Toronto ON

2017          WHO ARE YOU?, Red Head Gallery (401 Richmond), Toronto ON
2017          Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto ON
2017          Ontario Society of Artists 144th Annual Open Juried Exhibition, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto ON
2017          Deep Roots, Living Arts Centre, Mississauga ON

2016          Why the @#&! Do You Paint?: Go Figure, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto ON
2016          Impossible Possession, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto ON
2016          5th Annual Art Exhibition, Project: Art Gallery, Toronto ON

2015          Flora Exhibition, Trias Gallery, Oakville ON
2015          Belonging Group Exhibition, Project: Art Gallery, Toronto ON

Public Art & Community
2018          Mural in Sanwood Park, Kennedy Public School, Toronto ON

Awards and Publications

2016          International Artist Magazine Issue #109, Flowers and Garden Challenge Finalist, Scottsdale AZ, USA

Related Experience

2017-present          Teaching (private), Toronto ON
2015-present          Portraiture and Still-life Painting Instructor, Project: Art Toronto, Toronto ON


2012          BASc in Electrical Engineering, University of Waterloo, Waterloo ON

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