Ester Pugliese

Ester Pugliese is a Canadian artist whose work can be found in private and public collections in North America and Europe. A graduate of York University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Specialized Honours) in painting and drawing, Pugliese is the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships including the Canadian Italian Business & Professional Association Scholarship from the BCI Bank of Italy, and the Humber College Board of Governors Achievement Award with her post-graduate certificate in Arts Administration/Cultural Management. She undertook an intensive year of self-directed research and studio work in the prestigious BA Fine Art Program at Leeds University in England through York International’s exchange program, culminating in a public degree show at Bretton Hall College of Education, now the site of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in West Bretton.

Her works have been acquired by the Donovan Collection, Capital One, Microsoft and a number of private collectors. Her exhibitions have been reviewed in the Globe and Mail, featured on ArtSync TV and included as a destination in the 2012 Canadian Art Gallery Hop. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the Orillia Museum of Art & History, Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, the Joseph D. Carrier Gallery and the MacLaren Arts Centre. Pugliese exhibited with loop Gallery between 2011 and 2019, and her work is currently available through Partial Gallery.

Pugliese’s multilayered mixed media paintings employ a coral reef aesthetic to reimagine Vanitas still life painting with a contemporary sense of immersive space while exploring the irreconcilable nature of our culture’s materialistic urges and our desire to protect the natural world we live in.


Selected Solo & Two-Person Exhibitions

2017   Loop Gallery, ‘Measured Calm,’ Toronto, Canada
2013   Loop Gallery, ‘Disfluency and Delay,’ Toronto, Canada
2012   Loop Gallery, ‘False Relations and Fractions,’ Toronto, Canada
2011   Loop Gallery, ‘Empirical Spaces,’ Toronto, Canada
2008   AWOL Gallery, ‘hush,’ Toronto, Canada


Selected Group Exhibitions

2023   Aird Gallery, ‘ABSTRACTS’ online exhibition, curated by Gary Evans, Toronto, Canada
2020   Curated Toronto Art, ‘Curated’
 online art sale, operated by Shari Orenstein and Hesty Leibtag,
       Toronto, Canada
2019   Canadian Art in Isolation,
at Castleview Wychwood Towers Long Term Care Home, Toronto,
2019   Loop Gallery, ‘loop at large,’
 Toronto, Canada
2019   AWOL Collective, ‘it’s not me, it’s you,’
 Toronto, Canada
2019   Earls Court Gallery, ‘Pigments,’ curated by Aurora Cacioppo
, Hamilton, Canada
2019   918 Bathurst, ‘Solstizio,’
 A Celebration of Italian-Canadian Culture, Toronto, Canada
2019   MacLaren Art Centre, ‘Benefactor Art Exchange Exhibition,’
 Barrie, Canada
2017   Gladstone Hotel, ‘Why The @#&! Do You Paint?: All the Colours,’ curated by Spencer J. Harrison
      and Lukus Toane
, Toronto, Canada
2017   Orillia Museum of Art & History, ‘Carmichael Canadian Landscape Exhibition: Tradition
      Transformed,’ curated by Scott Sawtell and Renee van der Avoird
, Orillia, Canada
2017   TA2 Sound & Music, Toronto, Canada
2017   Loop Gallery at 50 Edwin Ave, ‘Anxious Space: An Offsite Exhibition,’ curated by Salena
      Barry, Toronto, Canada
2017   Capital One North York Office, ‘A Natural Complex,’ curated by Kelly McKenzie, Toronto,
2017   Gallery 555, ‘Day Trip: A Group Painting Exhibition,’ Toronto, Canada
2017   Art Gallery of Mississauga, ’14th Annual Fine Art Auction Exhibition,’ Mississauga, Canada
2017   MacLaren Art Centre, ‘Benefactor Art Exchange Exhibition,’
, Barrie, Canada
2017   Propeller Gallery, ‘Live Longer, Piss Off Your Heirs,’ curated by Olga Korper and Taiga
       Lipson, Toronto, Canada
2016   Station Gallery, ‘Glimpse,’ juried by Kelly McCray, Steven Schwartz and Shelagh
       Stewart, Whitby, Canada
2016   Forest City Gallery, ‘Keepers,’ London, Canada
2016   Loop Gallery, ‘Sweet Summer Sixteen,’ Toronto, Canada
2012   Loop Gallery, ‘Collective Vision,’ Toronto, Canada
2007   Junction Arts Festival, ‘flock,’ Toronto, Canada
2003   Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, Canada
2003   Joseph D. Carrier Gallery, ‘Identità,’ Columbus Centre, Toronto, Canada
2002   Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, ‘Identità,’ Brantford, Canada
2002   Circa Gallery, ‘Form,’ Toronto, Canada
2002   Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, Canada
2001   Junction Arts Festival, Toronto, Canada
2001   Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, Canada
2000   Leeds University, Bretton Hall College, ‘Degree Exhibition: bonds/boundaries/barriers,’
       Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, UK



2004    Board of Governors Achievement Award, Humber College
2004    Academic Award of Excellence, Humber College
2001    Continuing Student Scholarship, York University
1999    Canadian Italian Business & Professional Association Scholarship, BCI Bank of Italy
1999    Susan Mann Award for Academic Exchange, York International
1999    Tuition Scholarship for Academic Exchange, York International
1996    Vicki Greenberg Art Award, Etobicoke School of the Arts
1996    OAC, Visual Art Scholarship Award, Etobicoke Board of Education
1994    Photography Achievement Award, Etobicoke School of the Arts



2017   Art Gallery of Mississauga, ’14th Annual Fine Art Auction,’ Mississauga, Canada


Public Collections

Capital One, Toronto, Canada
Donovan Collection at the University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto, Canada
Microsoft Canada, Toronto, Canada