Rdest’s work has been exhibited across Canada, in the United States and Japan; in commercial and public galleries. Her practice has encompassed working with art collectives Femme Five and A collection of foreign objects. Her work has been featured in print as well as online publications. After a decade working as a gallery director and art consultant while maintaining her studio practice, Rdest has been devoting her energies primarily to her own work since 2012.  In late 2015 Rdest relocated to beautiful Kingston Ontario with her family. 

Rdest’s work is included in collections at Four Seasons Toronto, Allure of the Seas, Royal Bank of Canada, Holt Renfrew Toronto, Canaccord Capital Corporation, Houston; Cadillac Fairview Toronto; Burnac Corporation, Toronto; GMP Montreal, NORDSTROM Multiple locations Canada and USA; Thunder Valley Casino; Private Collections

Curriculum Vitae

Past Exhibitions


2013 “MATERIAL GIRLS” Femme Five Art Collective Creative Blueprint Gallery Toronto
2013 “Paint the town” Sopa Fine Arts, Kelowna
2012 “Field Trip project” Touring exhibition Japan/Canada [ongoing]
2011 Art Toronto, Rumi Galleries, Toronto
2011 “CRISScross”, Sopa Fine Arts, Kelowna
2010 "Bungalow Colony" Gendai Gallery, Toronto
2010 "SWAGGER AND SASHAY" Angell Gallery Project Space, Toronto [solo]
2010 "Color Salute", Sopa Fine Arts, Kelowna
2010 "When the dust settles" Angell Gallery, Toronto
2009 "Nomads No More" DeLeon White Gallery, Toronto [2 person] 
2009 "Impulse Equation", Switch Contemporary, Toronto
2009 "By Degrees", Sopa Fine Arts, Kelowna
2009 Pool NY Art Fair, New York
2009 "Works on Paper", Sopa Fine Arts, Kelowna
2008 "Postcards from the Void" Tatar Gallery, Toronto [solo]
2008 SOPA Fine Arts, Kelowna
2007 "? Group Exhibit" Bjornson Kajiwara Gallery, Vancouver
2007 "Fuzz" Newzones, Calgary
2007 "Le Soleil Noir" Tatar Gallery, Toronto
2007 "New Work: Pouch Cove" James Baird Gallery, St. John's [solo] 
2006 "My Secret City" part of Nuit Blanche Toronto
2006 "Spell", Thames Art Gallery, Chatham, ON
2006 Galerie D'Este, Montreal
2006 "In Transit" Gosia Koscielak Studio and Gallery, Chicago
2006 NOVA Art Fair Chicago with Gosia Koscielak Studio and Gallery
2006 "Young Toronto Painters", James Baird Gallery>Pouch Cove, NFLD
2006 "Generated Habitats", 2-1022 Queen Street West, Toronto
2005 "Spell", Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon
2005 "Spell", Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa
2005 "Big Show" 1139 College Street, Toronto
2004 "Trans Tokyo" Propeller Centre for the Arts, Toronto
2004 "Trans" Big Studio Gallery, Yokohama, Japan
2004 "Summer Group Show" Pari Nadimi Gallery, Toronto
2003 Pari Nadimi Gallery, Toronto [solo]



2002 Graduate Ontario College of Art and Design


Awards And Grants

2011 Winner, Flash Forward 2011: Emerging Photographers, Magenta Foundation
2007 Short listed for the RBC Painting Competition
2007 Canada Council for the Arts Production Grant
2002 David L. Stevenson Scholarship  
2001 A.V. Issacs Tuition Scholarship



Profile: Digital Temple Magazine, March 2010
"BlogTO" Profiles of emerging artists
"Na Luzie" OMNI Television's Polish-language culture program; feature segment, December 2008
“Glowing Reviews for Aleks Rdest” Current Magazine, August 2007
Angela Antle, Interview, CBC Radio July 22, 2007
"Aleks Rdest's Paintings" Current Magazine, March 2007
"Living in NL" CBC Television St. John's, March 5, 2007
Hohmann, Skye. “Interview with Aleksandra Rdest” Rind Magazine ,
Goddard, Peter. “Abstract retro torque” Toronto Star, April 2003



2010Siya Chen, Daisuke Takeya, Bungalow Colony Exhibition Catalogue
2008Magenta Foundation's Publication Carte Blanche: Painting
2007 RBC Painting Competition, Semi Finalist Exhibition Catalogue
2006   Skye Hohmann, Generated Habitats, 2-1022 Queen Street West, Toronto ON
2005   Jordan Broadworth, Jonathan Forrest, Spell, Mendell Art Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
2005   Ann Ireland, Michelle Jaques, Big Show, 1139 College Street, Toronto
2003 – 2005 Art With Heart, Casey House Art Auction Catalogue, Toronto


Professional Experience

2008 – 2012: Creative Director, Tatar Gallery / Tatar Art Projects
2003 – 2006: Director, Tatar Gallery
2002: Assistant Director, Tatar Gallery
2002: Gallery Assistant, Angell Gallery


Related Activities

Co-Curator, Upcycling: Recuperating Past Lives, A Pop up Exhibit in the Future Home of A+D Architecture and Design Museum, Los Angeles, 2009
Artist Talk: OCAD painting thesis, 2007
Pouch Cove Artist Residency, Oct/Nov 2006
Co-Curator, GeneratedHabitats, Toronto 2006
Visiting Artist, Fanshaw College, London, ON 2006
Co-Curator, Trans Tokyo Propeller Centre for the Arts, Toronto 2004
Member of A Collection of Foreign Objects; Collective 2004 – present; See

Member of Femme Five Art Collective 2013 - present; See