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Shalak Attack is a Canadian-Chilean visual artist dedicated to painting, muralism, graffiti urban art, and canvases. Shalak has manifested her artistic expression on urban walls across the world. Shalak is a co-founder and member of the international art collectives “Essencia”, the “Bruxas”, and the “Clandestinos”.
Shalak also works with several other mixed media approaches such as tattoo art, jewelery, illustration, installation, sound, and video making. In the past ten years, she has participated in numerous artistic projects and exhibitions in Canada, Chile, Brazil, Mexico, Palestine, Jordan, Isreal, France, Belgium, Spain, Argentina, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, Senegal and recently in Sweden for the Artscape Mural Festival.
Shalak shares her passion for freedom of expression, and has facilitated visual art workshops to youth of under-privileged communities and prisoners in various countries across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and in Africa. Her artistic work and community art-reach is rooted in the social and cultural values she received from her family growing up across Canada. Since then, her most impacting education has been learning from different communities around the world. Public walls has become her favourite place to paint, she uses graffiti as an art form to create accessibility to culture for diverse communities.
In Shalak's artistic practice, she fuses the spirit and the aesthetics of traditional South American muralism with contemporary graffiti/ street art. Vibrant colours speak through evocative portraits of both real and imaginary characters. Shalak uses colour as a tool to create visual narratives that celebrate and question cultural identity and socio-political values. Her murals have contributed culture, life, consciousness and personality to public and otherwise forgotten spaces. Shalak often seeks to collaborate and dialogue with communities and other artists for the evolution and enrichment of her visual language.
Presently, Shalak currently lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband and artistic collaborator, “Bruno Smoky”, where she continues to develop her artistic projects internationally as a visual artist and community art facilitator.
Her inspiration continues to be the importance of sharing the beauty and strength of colours using her experiences as a visual artist to contribute to the cultural and artistic development of our global communities.
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