Bio

Grace Marquez is a visual artist and creative consultant living in Toronto, Canada. She was awarded with the Robert E Shotton Memorial entrance scholarship and graduated from Queen’s University in Kingston Ontario with a Bachelor of Fine Art. She then went on to Sheridan College to apply her creativity in the digital world in their Computer Graphics Program. 

She works primarily in acrylic paint on canvas or wood boards and her subjects include the diverse and rich marine life and environments found underwater. She often uses a palette knife with the paints to suggest subjects with their mass or their motion and build up layers with glazes or even materials such as cheesecloth or molding paste for texture and depth.

Her work is 100% informed and inspired by her love and her passion as an avid cave, technical diver and active scuba instructor. She enjoys sharing the wonder of the underwater world with new divers. While she has dove all over the world diving reefs, mines, and caves, she is happiest diving the many shipwrecks in the cold water of the Great Lakes. 

Grace paints what she has dove as there are key features and characteristics that can only be experienced at these dive sites. She and often carries a GoPro camera with her on her dives to capture footage and stills to refer to afterwards for her paintings. 

She works primarily in acrylic paint on canvas or wood boards and her subjects include the diverse and rich marine life and environments found underwater. She often uses a palette knife with the paints to suggest subjects with their mass or their motion and build up layers with glazes or even materials such as cheesecloth or molding paste for texture and depth.

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March 5 - 8, 2020. 
Remote Gallery, 568B Richmond Street West, Toronto, Ontario.
“Waterlust” is an introduction to the reefs, wrecks and caves that inspire her work. Get a glimpse into these sacred places below the water line at 

 

December 2 - 8, 2019
Eduardo Lira Art Gallery, Wynwood Walls District, Miami, Florida.
As a participant in the ArtBox Project, Miami, Grace exhibited one of her soft pastel on paper drawings entitled “Coral Containment”.