Smaller Than Life. Oil on canvas 22" x 20", 2015

Originally from Montreal, Fiona Ackerman is a painter living and working in Vancouver, BC. Since completing her BFA through Concordia and ECIAD, Fiona has exhibited across Canada and in Europe (Germany & France). She was longlisted for the Sobey Prize in 2015, received an honorable mention for the Kingston Prize for Canadian Portraiture in 2009, and was included in Carte Blanche 2: Painting, a survey and showcase painting in Canada (published by The Magenta Foundation, fall 2008). In 2012, she Ackerman spent 6 months working from a studio in Berlin. The Berlin paintings, and the work produced for the exhibition titled 'Heterotopia' at Winsor Gallery were published in a full colour Catalogue available through Winsor Gallery and Galerie Steinrötter.

While Fiona’s work is diverse in style, it is deeply rooted in the practice of painting.  Whether working on a wild abstract piece or a delicately rendered portrait, her approach is at once playful and meticulous. Through her painting, Fiona is continually reinventing the way she represents her world, her environment and the places of her imagination.


2002 BFA, Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Visual Arts, Vancouver
1998-2000 Concordia University, Painting and Drawing, Montreal

Solo exhibitions

2016 Glasslands, Winsor Gallery, Vancouver BC
2016 Spiegel im Spiegel, Galerie Kremers, Berlin
2016 "Chaos Theory" Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary AB
2015 "Night Driving" p|m Gallery, Toronto ON
2015 "Aus der Wunderkammer des Friedrich Meckseper", White Brush Gallery, Düsseldorf Germany (+ Catalog)
2014 "What has Already Been Said is Still Not Enough", Galerie Pfaff, Schwarzenbruck, Germany
2014 "It's not You, Ir's Me", Winsor Gallery, Vancouver BC
2014 "Amplifier", Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary AB
2013 "Die Ordnung der Dinge", White Brush Gallery, Düsseldorf Germany
2012 "Expeditions Through the Mirrror" Galerie Claus Steinrötter, Müster Germany
2012 "Heterotopia", Winsor Gallery, Vancouver BC
2011 “Celebratory Gunfire”, Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary AB
2010 “Artificial Kingdom” Parts Gallery, Toronto ON
2009, “A Harlequin Escapade” Diane Farris Gallery, VancouverBC
2008, “Reminiscence” View Art Gallery, Victoria BC
2005“Heavy Sky Over Surabaya” Galerie Jurgen Kaspar, Nuremberg, DE

Group Exhibitions

2017Modus Operandi: Nate McLeod, Tia Halliday and Fiona Ackerman, Herringer Kiss Gallery, AB
2016  "Mimetic Workshop: Studio Still Lifes of Fiona Ackerman and Kelly Lycan, Surrey Art Gallery, BC
2015 "Concurrent 2", Winsor Gallery, Vancouver BC
2014 "Concurrent", Winsor Gallery, Vancouver BC
2014 "Abstrakt - Informel" White Brush Gallery, Düsseldorf Germany
2014 "Ten Year Aniversary", p|m Gallery, Toronto Ont.
2011 "Rover Art Fair" Montrreal PQ
2011 "Cheaper Show #10", Vancouver BC
2010 "Pushing the Edge" Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver BC
2010 "Rover Art Fair" Montreal PQ
2010 "Cheaper Show #9", W2, Vancouver BC
2010 “Gold.”, Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver BC
2010, “Clearly Seen” On the Rise Artist Collective, Vancouver BC
2009 “Kingston Prize for Canadian Portraiture” Kingston, Ont., Toronto Ont., Wolfville NS, Calgary AB
2008 “Group Show.” View Art Gallery, Victoria BC
2007“Halcyon Days.” Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver BC
2007“Portrayal.” Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver BC

Art Fairs

2016 Art Toronto - Solo Booth. Winsor Gallery
2016 Budapest Art Fair -  Galerie Kremers
2014 Art Toronto - Heringer Kiss Gallery / p|m Gallery
2013 Art Toronto (Toronto International Art Fair) - Heringer Kiss Gallery
2012 Art Toronto (Toronto International Art Fair) - Heringer Kiss Gallery
2010 Art Toronto (Toronto International Art Fair) - Parts Gallery
2009“The Artist Project Toronto,” Toronto ON
2008 “The Artist Project Toronto.” The Liberty Grand, Toronto ON


Richard Ivey School of Business
Bankhaus Bauer HT, Stuttgart Germany
BMO - Bank of Montreal Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada



2015 Sobey Art Award - Longlist
2009 Honorable Mention, Kinston Prize Portrait Competition, Kingston Arts Council
2008 Selection “Carte Blanche, Vol. 2 – Painting.”  The Magenta Foundation

Publications: web / Print

2014 “Paint What you Know – An interview with Fiona Ackerman” by Alex Stursberg SAD Mag
2014 Creative Block, by Danielle Krysa, Chronicle Books, San Francisco USA
2013 It’s Nice That: Annual 2013, London UK
2012 From the Desk Of - (web interview) November 28
2012 Juxtapose Magazine - (web feature) October 25
2012 "Der magische Ort" Münstersche Zeitung - Noveber 24
2012 "Expeditionen mit dem Spiegel" Wesfälische Nachrichte, Nov 23
2011 Proxart Magazine, California
2011 "Interview: Fiona Ackerman" Block Magazine, June 17
2010 Branch Magazine, issue 3: Hunger
2010 “Artificial Kingdom” R.M.  Vaughan, Globe and Mail Toronto
2010 "Pushing the Edge, Diane Farris Gallery" Helena Wadsley, Galleries West, Winter
2009 "A Harlequin Escapade" Mike Landry, Things of Desire (web)
2009 “Art is in the right place at the Eastside Culture Crawl”  Janet Smith, The Georgia Straight
2008 Magenta Carte Blanche: Vol.2 - Painting. Introduction by Jane Urquhart
2008 “The Abstract Art of Reminiscence” Kevin Nelson, Monday Magazine
2008 “In A Garden,” Shelagh Plunkett, EnRoute Magazine
2005 “2 Facetten der Verwandtschaft,” Bernd Zachoe, Nurnberger Nachrichten
2005 “Kunst aus Kanada: Fiona Ackermans Bilder,” Jochen Schmoldt, Plarrer Magazine
2004 “Artists Get Inspired when Cultures Collide,” Elaine Cordon, Westender Magazine
2004 “21 Artist Pile-Up: Collision 2004,” Terminal City, Alan Hindle
2003 “Collision Vision Unites Artists on Wood Work,” Mary Frances Hill, Westender Magazine