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). 


Two and Three Person Exhibitions

2020 (forthcoming) DUO SHOW: Title TBA, Sivarulrasa Gallery, Almonte ON
2019 FIGURE, Sivarulrasa Gallery, Almonte ON

Select Group Exhibitions

2020 (forthcoming) KITCHEN, Sivarulrasa Gallery, Almonte ON
2020 (forthcoming) Power In Numbers 5, Nucleus Portland, Portland, Oregon, USA

2019 5th Anniversary Group Exhibition, Sivarulrasa Gallery, Almonte ON
2019 Warrior Painters Group Exhibition, Gallery Nucleus LA, Los Angeles, California, USA
2019 58th Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, 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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