Elsa Robinson

Elsa Robinson

Edmonton, AB, Canada

About Elsa Robinson

Elsa Robinson Artist Bio

Elsa Robinson is a Jamaican-Canadian multi-media artist and a passionate arts educator. In her work, she combines elements of her cultural heritages and in so doing, seeks to honour her two homes and all her Relations. She aims to speak across all cultures, engage conversation and effect a sense of oneness within the human community.

Her decades-long devotion to artistic practice has imbued her work with vibrancy, versatility and an intuitive spiritual poignancy through which she transmits her deep love and care for humanity.

Elsa first worked as a self-taught artist, and today she holds the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Art and Design from the University of Alberta and the degree of Master of Fine Arts from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.

“ I have arrived at this place not through perfection but from forging through the fire of my own imperfections to find my own truth. My work is the gift from my heart that aims to remind us of what we already know is true; to show us the things we don’t always see; and to offer building blocks that we can use to create a better world for us now and for the future.

If when you meet the art you identify a part of yourself, you find a space for contemplation, you feel strength, peace, joy and beauty, then the work has accomplished its role - teaching us that we are a part of the common cord of humanity. Let the art invite you to move beyond the illusion of separateness and realize that we are so much more the same than we are different.” Elsa Robinson

Education

2019 Master of Fine Arts, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, Vermont USA (Completion date July, 2019)

2013 Bachelor of Arts, Department of Art and Design Majoring in Drawing/Intermedia, Painting and Sculpture, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB

1992 Bachelor of Education, Secondary Route Major - French, Minor - English, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB

Exhibitions

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2019 Retrospective, The Aviary, Edmonton, AB
2011 Afrika on the Ave, Carrot Café, Edmonton, AB
2009 Featured Artist, The Paint Spot, Edmonton, AB
2007 Beginnings, Vertical Space, The Paint Spot, Edmonton, AB
2006 Featured Artist, Manulife Place Main Lobby, Edmonton, AB

Selected Group Exhibitions (Juried)
2021 TREX, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
2019 Members Show, Harcourt House Artist Run Centre, Edmonton, AB
2018 YEGCanvas, Edmonton Arts Council, Edmonton, AB
2016 Annual Art Show, St. Alberta Art Gallery, St. Albert. AB
2021 TREX, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, AB 

2019 Members Show, Harcourt House Artist Run Centre, Edmonton, AB
2018 YEGCanvas, Edmonton Arts Council, Edmonton, AB
2016 Annual Art Show, St. Alberta Art Gallery, St. Albert. AB

2015 Spruce Grove Senior’s Art Competition, Show and Sale
2015 Strathcona Arts Society 30 Anniversary Show, Sherwood Park, AB
2015 Five Artists One Love, The Citadel Theatre, Edmonton, AB
2012 Five Artists One Love, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, AB

2011 Five Artists One Love, Tu Gallery Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
2010 Five Artists One Love, Tu Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Selected Group Exhibitions (Invitational)
2020 Love Thy Neighbour, Art Gallery of St. Albert, St. Albert, AB

2017 Tribute to Jean Michele Basquiat, Carrot Cafe, Edmonton, AB
2016 Black History Month Art Show, Carrot Cafe, Edmonton, AB
2016 Travels, Lotus Gallery, Edmonton, AB
2016 SkirtsAFire Festival, Nina Haggarty Gallery, Edmonton, AB
2016 Public and Private Lives, Skirts a Fire Festival, Nina Haggarty Gallery, Edmonton, AB
2016 5 Artists One Love, Scott Gallery, Edmonton, AB
2015 5 Artists One Love, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
2015 Art From the Unknown, Edmonton, AB
2015 Strathcona Arts Society, Loft Gallery Art Show, Strathcona, AB
2014 Mbira Renaissance, Latitude 53, Edmonton, AB
2014 Kaleido Family Arts Festival, Edmonton, AB
2013 Black History Month Art Show, Carrot Café, Edmonton, AB
2012 African and Poetry and Arts Day, The Africa Centre, Edmonton, AB
2011 InFuse, Jamaica Association of Northern Alberta, Alberta Arts Days, Edmonton, AB
2011 Africa Days, Northlands Coliseum Edmonton, AB
2010 Cultural Diversity in the Arts Program Exhibition, The ARTery, Edmonton, AB
2009 Elemental Titanium 22, Harcourt House Annual Members' Exhibition and Sale, Edmonton, AB
2008 Expressions in Color, Jeff Allen Gallery, Edmonton, AB
2007 Cortex, Red Strap Market, Edmonton, AB
2006 Workers Week Art Show, Edmonton, AB