Hayley Chiu (b. 2001) is a second-generation Chinese Canadian painter. Inspired by the long and diverse history of her culture that she was never a part of, she appropriates its imagery and combines them with symbolism from her own life to narrate an existence that transcends time and place. She documents the changes that take place within her surroundings and body and the relationship between the two, embracing the self and the forms that it will continue to adapt. Combining high realism and overtly overlaid images, she breaks the illusion that her paintings are direct representations of reality, but one that explores the mythologies that we create to add charm in a mundane life.


2023 GradEx 108, OCAD University, Toronto, Ontario

2023 Paraline, Midnight Arcade, Toronto, Ontario

2023 Collective Momentum, Riverdale Hub Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

2022 Gathering Divergence, Ada Slaight Gallery, OCAD University, Toronto, Ontario

2022 Blueprint for a Collective Home, Great Hall Gallery, OCAD University, Toronto, Ontario

2022 Navigating Identity in the Asian Diaspora, Ada Slaight Gallery, OCAD University, Toronto, Ontario

Awards and Scholarships

2023 Drawing and Painting Medal, OCAD University

2023 Nora E. Vaughan Award, OCAD University

2019 Richard Lemieux Memorial Scholarship, OCAD University

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