Aries Cheung studied
design and illustration at the Hong Kong Polytechnics University,
and graduated in Visual Arts at York University. He has worked as
a visual artist, graphic designer and art director for advertising
for many years.
Cheung is now
an independent, practicing visual artist and teacher. His interests
include painting, drawing, digital imaging and photo-based, mixed
media work. He has exhibited at galleries locally and abroad. He has
been on the jury and programming committees for artist-run galleries
in Toronto, such as A Space Gallery. He has received Ontario Arts
Council ArtistíŽs Grant and has been a Toronto Arts Council ArtistíŽs
Grant Jury Member.
often deal with racial identity and sexuality, using portraits, figures,
or the human body as the basis for contention. He often uses personal
issues as references to explore politics that affect his communities.
collaborates with dance and theate companies on multi-media projects.
In 2008, he produced mutli-screen video projections as well as performed
as a dancer and actor for the integrated mutli-media theatre, Salt
Fish Girl 1 - Hope & Forgetfulness. In 2010, he created video
projections and installations for Hiding Words (For You), the second
multi-disciplinary theatre production with the collective, Eventual
has been facilitating and coordinating community arts projects for
various organizations, such as Asian Community AIDS Services. He is
now working on short and feature film projects.
Arts Honour Program BFA, York University, Toronto
of English as a Second Language Certificate, Canadian Cooperative
for Language and Cultural Studies, Toronto
Drawing and Painting, Toronto School of Art, Toronto
Certificate in Illustration, Design and Communications, Hong Kong
Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Higher Diploma in Graphic Design, First Institute of Art and Design,
drawings paintings, installations and digital art at galleries locally
and Programming for art exhibitions for artist-run galleries.
as a professional visual artist, graphic designer, illustrator,
in the visual arts, specialized in drawing, painting, digital imaging,
in art history, including critical issues in contemporary art.
Art Grant Jury Member, Toronto Arts Council.
art, design and digital imaging up to college level.
and delivered workshops in art, crafts, theatre, dance & mime
for public and high schools.
Arts Training & Practices:
Acted and performed in various video, film and theatre productions.
Trained in modern dance, Chinese classical and other cultural dances.
Performed for various Canadian dance companies
Stage design, sound & lighting for dance, theatre and film production.
January: Hiding Words (For You), multi-disciplinary theatre workshop
presentation, Toronto, Ontario
2008 October: Salt Fish Girl Part 1: Hope & Forgetfulness, multi-media
theatre, Toronto, Ontario
2006 June: Go Figure, Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Toronto,
Open Juried Exhibition íV group show, Cambridge Galleries, Cambridge,
2003 March: Ingredients íV group show, Gallery 61, Toronto
2002 May: Suspended Moments íV group show, MAI (Montreal, arts interculturels),
2002 October: Masks íV group show, Hart House, University of Toronto,
2000 August: Fresh Paint íV group show, Meg Gallery, Toronto
2000 July: Genderless Generation íV group show, Church Street Public
2000 July: Pride & Equity íV group show, Red Spot Cafe, Toronto
2000 May: ArtEquity íV group show, Pope Joan Club, Toronto
1999 New Paintings íV O'Connor Gallery, Toronto
1998 Private Parts íV group show, The Red Spot Club, Toronto
1998 Salon Degenerate íV group show, Zen-Mix 2000 Visual Art Collective,
1997 Transience íV group show, Asian Heritage Month Festival
- 2005 íV Teacher,
Centre for Creative Communications at the Centennial College, Toronto
- 1990 íV Present,
Independent Visual Artist, Teacher, Arts Event Organizer, Workshop
Arts Programmer, Creative Communication Consultant,
Graphic/Web Designer, and Illustrator, Toronto
- 1994 íV 96 Accessibility
Project Coordinator & Education Coordinator,
Ontario Ministry of Health, Toronto Public
Health, Asian Community AIDS Services, Toronto
- 1989 íV 90 Graphic
Designer, Triad Graphics Communication Co. Ltd., Toronto
- 1985 íV 89 Art
Director, J. Walter Thompson Advertising Ltd., Hong Kong
- 1983 íV 85 Graphic
Designer, Fast East Ketchum Advertising Ltd., Hong Kong
- 1995 Honour of
Dean Award, York University, Toronto
- 2004 Ontario
Arts Council Visual Artist Grant, Toronto
Susan Walker, "Faceless Eroticism at Pride Show", Globe
and Mail, 2006, Toronto
Gary Michael Dault, "Fresh Paint at the Meg Gallery",
Globe and Mail, 2000, Toronto
Hanna, "Painted Word", Now Magazine, 2000, Toronto
Chan, Arts News, CFMT TV, 2000, Toronto
Degenerate", Art Review, Lola Magazine, 1998, Toronto
Tran, "Interviews", CelebrAsian, Winter 1998, Toronto
2000 Exhibition", Arts News, Shaw Cable TV, 1998, Toronto
Flesh and Hope", Sing Tao Daily, July 1994, Toronto,
Sumi, "Blood and Bare Bones Fill in the GAAP", X'tra,
August 1994, Toronto
of Space", Entertainment, City TV, 1994, Toronto
Pui Ming, "My Love Will Never Die", Monkey Tale, CKLN
Radio, 1993, Toronto
and Scandal" group exhibition, Shotgun Reviews, Lola Magazine,
Issue 14, Winter 2002/03
Committee, Board Member, Jury Committee, A Space Gallery.
Committee, Exhibition Assistance Grant, Canada Arts Council through
A Space Gallery.
Poster Development, Mayworks Festival of Workers and the Arts.
- Arts projects
facilitator, Coordinator, Asian Community AIDS Services.
Committee, Youth Poster Design Contest, Hong Fook Mental Health
Committee, Student Poster Contest, High Wire Fashion Show, Ryerson
Committee, Counter Impressions: Art Auction Fundraiser, Chinese
Canadian National Council.
Committee, Asian Heritage Month Festival.
Spheres of Solidarity: Public School StudentsíŽ Quilt, Mayworks Festival
of Workers and the Arts.
Member, Zen-Mix 2000 Visual Arts Collective.
- Asian Accent,
radio spoken word program, show host, CIUT Community Radio.