Keynote Speaker

Zvonar’s collage works are composed of source materials drawn from art history, contemporary advertising and popular culture. They question existing social and cultural systems through the use of humour and irony. Her work often speaks to the ethos and aspirations of those on the periphery of mainstream society, drawing inspiration from counterculture movements that challenge the status quo. 

Zvonar treats imagery as metaphor, establishing a referential context that calls into question popular conceptions and historical canons to address cultural constructions of power. She often uses a feminist perspective to illustrate how rules of engagement were unbalanced in the past and remain so today. 

Zvonar has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout Canada and in New York, Australia, Japan and Belgium. In 2022 she presented a new body of work in both sculpture and collage at the SFU Audain Gallery and participated in a group show rooted in practices that pay homage to Surrealism at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery. Zvonar’s work was included in the 2021 Gestalten publication, The Art of Protest, Political Art + Activism and will be included in the upcoming 2023 Phaidon publication, Vitamin C+, Collage in Contemporary Art. Zvonar is represented by Daniel Faria Gallery in Toronto and lives in Vancouver.


Psych Eye, 2022


Rose Gothic, 2022

Keynote Speaker

Sandeep Johal is a Canadian visual artist whose practice engages drawing, collage, textiles, and large-scale murals. Through her Indo-folk feminine aesthetic, she confronts themes of bleakness, despair and ugliness with their dissonant opposites: brightness, hope and beauty. Johal’s work typically centers around the stories of women and while she highlights female suffering in its many forms, these are ultimately stories of resistance and resilience.

Johal has worked on a number of notable site-specific commissions including a recent mural for the Vancouver Art Gallery’s inaugural #SpotlightVanArtRental project (2021), a digital projection mapping for Facade Festival produced by Burrard Arts Foundation(2019), and a 4,000 sf collaborative mural project for Vancouver Mural Festival, which centred around the Komagata Maru Episode and involved the denaming of the federal building it was painted on (2019).

Johal’s clients include Apple, the Vancouver Canucks, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, Holt Renfrew, Lululemon, and Earls Restaurant Group as well as the University of British Columbia’s Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies and Simon Fraser University’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue. She has been an artist-in-residence at Burrard Arts Foundation and Indian Summer Festival, and is the 2019 recipient of the Darpan Magazine Artistic Visionary Award.

Johal holds a Diploma in Fine Arts (honours) from Langara College (2007) and an Education Degree from the University of British Columbia (2002).



ArtSmash x Vancouver Mural Festival

Photo credit: Maria Angerilli



Vancouver Art Gallery x Vancouver Art Rental and Sales Program

Photo Credit: Ian Lefebvre

Keynote Speaker

Brandon is a multi-talented contemporary mixed media artist who specializes in painting, drawing, graphic design, architectural design concepts, and public art installations. His work has been exhibited in the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, USA, and across Canada.

Brandon Gabriel was born and raised on the Kwantlen First Nation Reserve in Fort Langley BC, Canada. He was educated in Cultural Anthropology, Visual Art, and Marketing at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, before receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Art from Emily Carr University of Art and Design (2006).