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Rita Hisar

Live in Color.  It means to live fearlessly, with passion and purpose.  In art, as in life, I try to do the same:  create bold, vibrant portraits, nudes or still life with just a palette knife and acrylic paint.  The colors explode on canvas with beauty, energy and texture. My work is influenced by an Expressionist/Fauvist/Pop Art Style, reflecting a spirit of hope and optimism.

Inspired by the bold  colors of the Caribbean, the raw honesty of graffiti art and the passion of Pop Culture, I am interested in exploring the concept of “Beauty” in its simple and complex forms.

Beauty is all around us in this incredible world God created;  I want to celebrate it on canvas with color.


My life journey is unique, as I have always been an Artist but only recently did I pursue it professionally, after working in Law and Education.

 I am an Italian/Czech Contemporary Artist based in Toronto.  I have always expressed myself through art and color.  As a child, I grew up on a farm entranced by the beauty of trees, flowers and animals. I wanted to capture the fleeting, fragile Beauty of nature through art…before it disappears.

However, growing up, I did not think being an Artist was a possible career, so I decided to study and pursue other passions: I obtained 4 university degrees ( in Political Science, French, Education and Law ) and worked as a refugee lawyer and teacher.  Nevertheless, I always found time to paint, to create.

A few years ago,

I decided to pursue art more seriously, studying art at The Ontario College of Art and Design University and The Toronto School of Art.

My art education gave me the confidence to pursue an Art Career.  Inspired by the Movements I studied-Expressionism, Fauvism and Pop Art – I developed my own style using a palette knife and acrylic paint to paint bold and vibrant portraits, still life and figure paintings. I am still doing what I did as a child – trying to capture the fleeting beauty of a flower, a face or an ice cream cone.

In my Art Career I have had the opportunity to paint celebrities like NBA star Danny Green and present him with his portrait; I have received representation from New York Gallery Mahlstedt and  Art Provo in the Caribbean.  I have been blessed to show my work in Art Fairs and exhibitions in New York, Miami, London, Toronto and the Caribbean.