Marie-Ange Hoda Ackad


Montreal-based artist Marie-Ange Hoda Ackad earned her fine arts degree from Concordia University. She has had solo exhibitions in Montreal, including one at the renowned Place des Arts venue, but has increasingly been showing her representational paintings at locations in the United States, including the ISEA International Symposium of Experimental Arists (Sanibel, Florida), the Brownsville Museum (Brownsville, Texas) and Center for Contemporary Art (Bedford, New Jersey). Her work even appeared on a billboard in central Los Angeles as part of the Billboard Creatives 2016 Exhibition. She was a participant in the Help Hope Nepal Mural project during Art Basel Miami 2015 and her portrait of Gradimir Pankov, former artistic director of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, won the Bronze Award in painting in the Art Forward international competition in 2016 and was featured in a film tribute to Pankov’s achievements.

“Read My Lips,” the artist’s latest series, reflects her abiding desire to use traditional techniques and mediums such as cold wax, raw pigments and metal leaf to create contemporary images. These works are created in liquin-and-pigment and bronze leaf on birch-wood panels. While reminiscent of 14th century Italian Renaissance icons, they reflect very modern concerns. With representational foregrounds painted on abstract backgrounds, each image presents symbols from the artist’s personal iconography. There is an intentional contrast drawn between the attractive, shiny background surface and the serious nature of the image or ‘message’ painted upon it.

That message might be summed up by the old adages “all that glitters is not gold” and “the truth hurts.” Ackad sees the contradictions between what things look like or appear to be and what they actually are. Particularly in this time of fake reality and ‘alternative facts’ when almost anything can be falsified, she asks us to focus not on what we see but on the meaning that lies within. The decorative aspect of these works draws us in but the surface can be misleading; it is the dead bird and the human skull that tell us the painful truth. These images mean exactly what they say.

Today’s world, like these paintings, is full of oppositions: truth and lies, beauty and darkness. Ackad’s work presents such disparities. Some are political, as when the artist cites President George Bush’s famous misrepresentation of fact, “Read my lips, no new taxes.” The dichotomy of female sexuality and feminism can be seen in the mouths that resemble labial lips, reminding us of Judy Chicago’s iconic installation from the 1970s, The Dinner Party. The spiritual element is also present in imagery that deals with life and death, with inner life as opposed to the superficial exterior. Ackad’s painting talks about what is inside.

Group Exhibitions

2017 The Center for Contemporary Art Bedminster, New Jersey, USA

2017 ISEA(International Symposium for Experimental Artists)Sannibel, Florida, USA

2017 10xTieton, Mighty Tieton, Tieton, Washington. USA

2017 Viridian Artists Inc Gallery, Chelsea, New York,USA

2017 Arts in Harmony. Elk River Arts Alliance, Minneapolis, USA

2016 Brownsville Museum ,Texas

2016 The Billboard Creatives 2017 Exhibition, Los Angeles, California

2016 The Center for Contemporary Art , Bedminster, NJ

2016 Blaine Traveling Show, Blaine City Hall, Minneapolis, USA

2016 2016 Arts in Harmony, Elk River Arts Alliance, Minneapolis, USA

2015 Help Hope Nepal Mural,  Contemporary Arts Projects,

Art Basel Miami, USA

2014 Squared, County Creatives Gallery , Laguna, California

2014 The 2014  Dab Art Show, Hud gallery,, Ventura, California

2014 Real People, The Old Court House, (NAAC), Woodstock, Illinois

Solo Exhibitions

 2017 Place des Arts, Theatre Maisonneuve, “Gradimir Pankov”, Montreal, Canada

  2016 Gallery Luz , “The Power Behind the Scenes : Culture Montreal “, Montreal Quebec, Canada

2009 Portraits Corrid’Art de la Compagnie F. Montreal, Canada

You Tube :  painting “ Gradimir Pankov” featured in  movieA Tribute to Gradimir Pankov”


2017 Merit Award, ISEA,(Internatioal Symposium for Experimental Artists)

2017 2nd place Award, pastel category, Brownsville Museum, Texas

2016 Bronze Award  “ Dialogue with Myself “ Art Forward International Competition

Catalogues and Media/TV reviews

2017 The Montrealer/ The Montreal Gazette, September 18,2017 . page 15

2017 Calameo-Tourisica

2016 LAweekly

2016 CJN (Canadian Jewish News) March 24, 2016 article by Heather Solomon, Art    

2016 Calameo-Touristica Magazine       pages 158-159

ratsdeville: HODA ACKAD @ luz

 Quartier des spectacles

 2015The Suburban:

  Cult Newspaper:

   Calaméo – Touristica     81 pages 110/111

La Metropole:  une-          fascinante-exposition-de-portraits.

 Breakfast Television:

Concordia University magazine page 55


2001 BFA, painting, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec