Cara Guri is a professional visual artist and musician of Catalan and Danish descent. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University and has completed a painting residency at Columbia University. She has received numerous awards for her work, including the Takao Tanabe Scholarship, the Brissenden Scholarship, and the Bishop’s Undergraduate Prize in Fine Arts. Her work has been exhibited in Canada and New York, NY. Recent exhibitions include The Reach Gallery Museum and Burrard Arts Foundation. She has also completed artist residencies with hcma, Burrard Arts, The City of Abbotsford, North Vancouver Recreation and Culture and was an artist with Vancouver Mural Festival. In 2023 she was a finalist for the Kingston Portrait Prize. She lives and works on the unceded traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations (Vancouver BC).
In her current painting practice, Cara explores the relationship between identity construction and portraiture. Her works examine the transactional nature of portraiture: the information that is given to the viewer and that which is withheld. Through her paintings, she re-examines conventions and symbols that are found in historical portraiture by translating them into her current reality in a way that disrupts their original meaning.
Her paintings have been featured online at:
Booooooom (feature 1)
Booooooom (feature 2)
The Jealous Curator
The Georgia Straight
Thirty Day Gallery