Patrick Cruz

Patrick Cruz (b. 1987, Manila, Philippines) is a Filipino-Canadian artist and organizer working between Toronto, Canada and Manila, Philippines. Cruz studied at the University of the Philippines Diliman and received his BFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design and a MFA at the University of Guelph. Driven by folk sentiment, his multi-disciplinary practice is informed by his interest in cultural hybridity, the project of decolonization, and the paradoxical effects of globalization. Cruz is the founder of Kamias Special Projects, an artist run space in Quezon City, Philippines that hosts the Kamias Triennial; an educational week-long event that serves as a platform for cross-cultural exchange. In 2015, Cruz won the national title for the 17th annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition.

Solo and group exhibitions include, 1st Manila Biennale (Manila, PH); An Assembly of Shapes, Oakville Galleries (Oakville, CA); Titig Kayumanggi (Brown Gaze), Plug In ICA (Winnipeg, CA); Archeological Apathy, 8eleven (Toronto, CA); Low Class Minimalism and the Gentrified Amateur, Projet Pangee (Montreal, CA); Lessons in Diplomacy, Art informal (Manila, PH); Quarantine of Difference, Wil Aballe Art Projects (Vancouver, CA); Bulaklak ng Paraiso (Flower of Paradise), Centre A (Vancouver, CA); Other-Portraits, Stride Gallery (Calgary, CA); Survival Guide, Art Gallery of Alberta (Edmonton, CA); and, something like fire dancing, Susan Hobbs (Toronto, CA); Welcome to Sax island, Or Gallery Berlin (Berlin, DE) & Radiation, Art Center of Chulangkorn (Bangkok, TH).