Aries Cheung
Toronto based visual artist

Bio + CV

Brief Bio

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.

CheungíŽs works 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. Cheung often 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 Ashes.Cheung 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.

Curriculum Vitae

Related Education:

  • Visual Arts Honour Program BFA, York University, Toronto
  • Teacher of English as a Second Language Certificate, Canadian Cooperative for Language and Cultural Studies, Toronto
  • Contemporary Drawing and Painting, Toronto School of Art, Toronto
  • Higher Certificate in Illustration, Design and Communications, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
    Higher Diploma in Graphic Design, First Institute of Art and Design, Hong Kong

Visual Arts Experiences:

  • Exhibited, drawings paintings, installations and digital art at galleries locally and abroad.
  • Jury and Programming for art exhibitions for artist-run galleries.
  • Experience as a professional visual artist, graphic designer, illustrator, and teacher.
  • Trained in the visual arts, specialized in drawing, painting, digital imaging, & installation.
  • Knowledge in art history, including critical issues in contemporary art.
  • Visual Art Grant Jury Member, Toronto Arts Council.

Teaching Experiences:

  • Teaching art, design and digital imaging up to college level.
  • Designed and delivered workshops in art, crafts, theatre, dance & mime for public and high schools.

Other 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.

Selected Exhibitions:

    2010 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, Ontario
    2003 September: Open Juried Exhibition íV group show, Cambridge Galleries, Cambridge, Ontario
    2003 March: Ingredients íV group show, Gallery 61, Toronto
    2002 May: Suspended Moments íV group show, MAI (Montreal, arts interculturels), Montreal
    2002 October: Masks íV group show, Hart House, University of Toronto, Toronto
    2000 August: Fresh Paint íV group show, Meg Gallery, Toronto
    2000 July: Genderless Generation íV group show, Church Street Public School, Toronto
    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, Toronto
    1997 Transience íV group show, Asian Heritage Month Festival

Employment History:

  • 2005 íV Teacher, Centre for Creative Communications at the Centennial College, Toronto
  • 1990 íV Present, Independent Visual Artist, Teacher, Arts Event Organizer, Workshop Facilitator,
        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

Grants & Awards:

  • 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
  • Deirdre Hanna, "Painted Word", Now Magazine, 2000, Toronto
  • Florence Chan, Arts News, CFMT TV, 2000, Toronto
  • "Salon Degenerate", Art Review, Lola Magazine, 1998, Toronto
  • Jimm Tran, "Interviews", CelebrAsian, Winter 1998, Toronto
  • "Zen-Mix 2000 Exhibition", Arts News, Shaw Cable TV, 1998, Toronto
  • "Blood, Flesh and Hope", Sing Tao Daily, July 1994, Toronto,
  • Glenn Sumi, "Blood and Bare Bones Fill in the GAAP", X'tra, August 1994, Toronto
  • "Transformation of Space", Entertainment, City TV, 1994, Toronto
  • Lee Pui Ming, "My Love Will Never Die", Monkey Tale, CKLN Radio, 1993, Toronto


  "Love and Scandal" group exhibition, Shotgun Reviews, Lola Magazine, Issue 14, Winter 2002/03

Related Community Development:

  • Programming Committee, Board Member, Jury Committee, A Space Gallery.
  • Jury Committee, Exhibition Assistance Grant, Canada Arts Council through A Space Gallery.
  • Art Poster Development, Mayworks Festival of Workers and the Arts.
  • Arts projects facilitator, Coordinator, Asian Community AIDS Services.
  • Jury Committee, Youth Poster Design Contest, Hong Fook Mental Health Association.
  • Jury Committee, Student Poster Contest, High Wire Fashion Show, Ryerson University.
  • Planning Committee, Counter Impressions: Art Auction Fundraiser, Chinese Canadian National Council.
  • Programming Committee, Asian Heritage Month Festival.
  • Facilitator, Spheres of Solidarity: Public School StudentsíŽ Quilt, Mayworks Festival of Workers and the Arts.
  • Collective Member, Zen-Mix 2000 Visual Arts Collective.
  • Asian Accent, radio spoken word program, show host, CIUT Community Radio.