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"Adornato has captured the light of the Universe in an orange ball made of wax." - Alan Neal, CBC Radio

"artistic genius .. a defining character on the Canadian artist scene.."
Zouch Magazine

"Adornato est un vidéaste prolifique…avec une touche ludique "
VOIR magazine

“ Marc Adornato’s propaganda videos … the truth behind the war recruiting programs is revealed in all its brutal honesty..”
Alvina Ruprecht, CBC Radio


ADORNATO (1977 - not dead yet)

Adornato is a Canadian contemporary artist, and the founder of the contemporary art movement 'Protestism'; contemporary artwork that rejects reckless, unethical, and unsustainable advances in human "progress", and applauds the rise of global protest culture such as the Umbrella Revolution, the Occupy movement, Idle No More, the Arab Spring, Blockadia, and other protest and strike action that supports human rights, workers' rights, fair-trade, clean renewable energy, open-source ideas, people before profit, lobbyist-free democracy, full LGBT rights, ethnic and gender equality, affordable education, housing, and healthcare for all, etc.

His most recent project, #MYPROTEST, reflects specific Canadian contemporary problems such as; the growing wealth gap between the rich and the poor, the tar sands and the slow and unenthusiastic pace of progress towards clean and renewable energy, illegal and unethical state surveillance along with other revelations from whistleblower Edward Snowden, unlabeled genetically modified food in Canadian grocery stores, and the crippling of Canada's youth with student debt. For this project, Adornato spent weeks cycling around the national capital region disguised in a suit and gas mask, and peppered the city with dystopian posters. [full documentation here] He then harvested all the tweets and photos found on social media, and published them on the #MYPROTEST project website. Adornato also produced a video of the project featuring music by Hilotrons. (watch on Youtube)

Adornato received a degree in Fine Arts from NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia (2001). Bragging rights over the past decade include exhibits in The Canadian War Museum, The Bank of Canada's Currency Museum, Canada Science and Technology Museum, and the National Art Gallery of Canada for a one-night-stand [view exhibition history].

In 2002-2009, while suffering from 'future shock', Adornato produced a series of artworks entitled "Anarchos Apokalypsis" where he burned, shredded and smashed shit to pieces - then hung it in museums and galleries. Memorable pieces from that era are his Canadian and American flags made with real Canadian currency entitled, "United We Spend", the singing robotic fish he set on fire, "Robo-Christ" made from discarded techno-junk, and several video mashups including "State of the Union" and "In God We Trust" - all available on Youtube for free.

Adornato's post post-modern 'assemblage/mashup' style continues to be prevalent in his current sculptural work. Recent notable creations are the "Hunting Dissent" pieces, where he turns reclaimed antlers into nature's protesters, the somewhat disturbing 'BlowUp Dolls', and the emerging train-derailment series "Progress Derailed".

Adornato is a first-generation Canadian, born in Montreal, Quebec, to Italian/French immigrants. He spent much of his formative years in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia before his family settled in Ottawa, Canada. He creates his original artwork at his 1400 sqft studio, steps away from Gatineau Park, near Ottawa. He loosely rips off Banksy on a regular basis, and his work can be found at UNION 613, Railbender Studios, and the Ottawa Art Gallery | Art Rental and Sales.

Be sure to check out the 'Press' section for his latest antics.

Adornato recently appeared on CTV's Regional Contact where he spoke with Joel Haslam about art, antiques, and the meaning of life.

Artist Statement:

Fuck artist statements.