Founder, Director, Art Instructor
Ixchel has been a textile and fiber artist for almost 38 years. Dedicated weaver and Visual Artist that explores different materials into tapestry techniques in non-conventional ways. Throughout her career, she has been recognized on several occasions. 2009 Finalist in Stars Among Us, Oakville and 2010 Winner of Visual Arts Award, Oakville Arts Council and Government of Ontario; “Best in Show” in several occasions, recognized as an outstanding University Professor in the School of Design at Anahuac University, Lecturer and Workshop Leader.
Docent at the Textile Museum of Canada. She holds a Master Degree in Museum Studies, BA in Graphic Design, History of Art diploma, a Post-Graduate course in Contemporary Textiles in Lodz, Poland, among many courses in Natural dyes, Fashion Design and Pattern transformations, Batik and diverse reserve techniques as well as many other fiber and textile related courses. Founder of the Textil Creativo, Textile school in 1989 in Mexico City and the Oakville Arts Studio in 2007. She has collaborated and written in specialized publications for major textile and design magazines as well as online resources and has been featured in Art related publications. Member of the Canadian Tapestry Network, American Tapestry Alliance, World Textile Art, Handweavers Guild of America, British Tapestry Group among others; she is the President of the Oakville Handweavers and Spinners Guild. Ixchel has been a recipient of Visual Arts Grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council. She has presented innumerable solo and group shows and her work is shown in private and public collections in Europe, Central, and North America.
Young Artist Studio Instructor, Events Coordinator
Myriam Suarez, Oakville Arts Studio’s wonderful ECE art instructor and a member of the Oakville Arts Council will take your kid’s hand in hand to experience a fun and creative time. Miss Myriam has developed specialized art and early childhood education programs in several schools both in Mexico and Canada and has participated with Art House, Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre and the Mexican Consulate in Toronto. She studied Belle-Canto at the National Conservatory of Music in Mexico City and teaches Spanish.
She brings to our studio more than 15 years of experience in the field. All classes are developed with classical music as background sound, which increases the creative side of our brains through alpha and delta waves.All our specialized young artist classes offer different approaches to art. This ensures that your kids will have a memorable experience!
Painting and Mixed Media Instructor
Silvia Damar Radvansky was born and educated in the city of Popayan, Colombia. There she has successfully graduated from the University of Cauca, specializing in Visual Arts. Silvia has resided in the city of Mississauga since 1987. She has participated in various solo and group exhibitions as well as having various paintings accepted in a variety of juried shows. Silvia belongs to several art groups. Examples of these art groups include the following: CLARKSON SOCIETY OF ARTIST (Mississauga), IMAGE MATRIX and printmaking group (Mississauga), ALCE ART HEALTH (Mississauga) and FUNDARTE (Toronto).
Silvia Damar utilizes a range of techniques in her artistic strategy which she uses to express her true self in her paintings through the use of acrylic, mixed media and print-making. “Art is a pathway to knowing and healing ourselves. To see ourselves in a symbolic form and communicate through the language of visual harmony” S.D.R This is a statement that Silvia truly believes in, for that reason; her artwork has an intention that is being realized through continuous study of concepts and techniques.
Music and Vocal Instructor
Dimitar Pentchev is an award-winning composer, pianist and producer who has written music for theatre, film and the concert stage. He is interested in combining acoustic sounds and approaches to pre-recorded and manipulated sounds, especially the human speech as a source of musical inspiration. His music has been performed in Europe, Africa and North America. His score for the legendary silent film “Pandora’s Box” (1929) was one of four chosen by Criterion Collection for their 2007 DVD edition of the film ad received great reviews from critics and audience. Dimitar is currently living and working in Toronto.
Sculpture, Illustration and Art Instructor
Tiffany moved from California to Ontario. Her primary foundations are in painting, background design and character design. She is currently studying Illustration at Sheridan.
Illustration and Character Design Instructor
Beata Klisowska is a Freelance Illustrator, Character Designer and Comic Book Illustrator in Mississauga, ON, Canada. She’s an alumni from the Max the Mutt School of Art and Design. She specializes is anime-styled art, as some of her biggest inspirations are mangakas such as Rumiko Takahashi (InuYasha), Kazue Kato (Blue Exorcist) and Izumi Tsubaki (Monthly Girl’s Nozaki-kun).
Fine Art Instructor
Tritan Braho was London-based as an artist in England for over 18 years. He received a Master in Fine Art from Byam Shaw School of Art, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design London, United Kingdom. He has been living and working as an artist in Toronto, Canada since 2011.
Mixed Media, Sculpture and Art Fundamentals Instructor
Renata Chubb is a professionally trained Graphic Designer. She has always been drawn to, and fascinated by, communication – how ideas take shape, form, and expression. Whether an idea or inspiration, and thus form, begin through feelings, experiences, words, music, photography, architecture, or other sources, the list is endless. She believes al things start with the seed of an idea that has the need to be expressed and communicated. Renata thinks design is the process that aids in the communication of an idea or experience, and then the creation of its most appropriate and effective form.
She has worked in the graphic design industry for over 20 years, from toy packaging to annual reports, with clients ranging from government to independent business owners. Alongside design, she shares a love of expression and the creative process. She loves live music, books, gardens, and by nature seems to require a certain amount of creative chaos. The creative process for her is excitement, panic, chaos, and then ultimately resolution. She loves the start of a project, full of potential, then the rush of ideas to sort through- filling the graveyard with the ideas that don’t quite answer the need – finally excitement and resolution, deciphering and fine tuning the concept, or visual, that makes the client happy and best suits their needs.