Portrait of Adornato by artist Stephen Frew

"an eccentric artist...polite."
- RCMP investigation

"A dystopian man of mystery"
- Alan Neal, CBC Radio 1

"The Master of Disaster .. an iconoclastic artist" - Ottawa Citizen

"Think Bob Ross meets Edward Burtynsky" - CBC News

"I like that stuff. It's not hoity toity stuff"
Evan Soloman, 580 CFRA

"Balls of steel" Guy Berube, LPM Projects

"a defining character on the Canadian artist scene "- Zouch Magazine

"un artiste prolifique..avec une touche ludique"- VOIR Magazine








MARC ADORNATO (1977 - not dead yet)

Adornato (BFA, NSCAD) is an eccentric contemporary artist, satirist, and agitator based in Ottawa, Canada. His provocative and idiosyncratic art practice usually consists of sharp socio-political critique revolving around dystopian themes of wealth inequality, consumer culture, state surveillance, pollution & climate change, the technological revolution, and Capitalism-gone-wrong, with a hint of sarcasm or dark humour. Adornato explores a wide range of mediums and disciplines including painting, sculpture, assemblage, performance, media manipulations, ready-mades, fake news, mischievous pranks, video, and sound.

He has received a few grants and awards including the artist production grant from the City of Ottawa in 2018, but leans towards funding his own research trips and artwork. His work resides in the permanent art collection of the City of Ottawa, the Diefenbunker Museum, as well as several prominent private collections in Ottawa, Canada, the United States, Poland, Turkey, an China.

Other career highlights include exhibits in the Diefenbunker Museum (2018), The Ottawa Art Gallery (2016), Canada Science and Technology Museum (2013), the Bank of Canada's Currency Museum (2007), the Canadian War Museum (2006), as well as other alternative spaces such as his 5-year ongoing residency at the politically contentious gastro pub, UNION 613 in Ottawa.

He received a degree in Fine Arts from NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2001, and has been exhibiting, lecturing, and creating ever since.

Visit the artwork section to see a timeline of art projects. ARTWORK



"Art is a language that, when done correctly, needs no translation." - Adornato

The Diefenbunker Museum exhibit: In April of 2018, Adornato exhibited his painting series, Ruined Landscapes, where he painted hazmat cleanup crews and toxic accidents onto vintage 'Bob Ross-style' landscape paintings. He also published a 24-page art book now available for purchase here. The exhibit is on display until July 15, 2018 in a 4-story Cold War era underground bomb shelter just outside of Ottawa. More info about the museum exhibit here.

The Ottawa Art Gallery: In June of 2016, The Ottawa Art Gallery exhibited a solo show of his latest subversive artwork called, I've Got Some Bad News which featured over 80 pieces of his incendiary, dystopian creations, including his painting hacks, Ruined Landscapes, The exhibit also featured a dozen vintage dolls wearing suicide bomb vests, titled BlowUp Dolls, which the CBC described as "Cabbage Patch Kids meet ISIS".

"Art is a combination of curiosity, creativity, and a healthy dose of courage." - Adornato

Arbie Goes Rogue: In 2015 Adornato made national headlines when he submitted a painting of the Royal Bank of Canada building burning down, to RBC’s prestigious Canadian painting competition in response to their job outsourcing scandal. The four painting series went viral, and received national media attention, but he didn’t win. Check out As It Happens, a CBC national radio interview about 'Arbie Goes Rogue' here.

#MYPROTEST: In 2014 Adornato spent several months cycling around the streets of downtown Ottawa in rush hour traffic wearing a suit and gas mask as part of a dystopian performance project called #MYPROTEST, which lead to an extensive RCMP investigation that determined he was an eccentric artist, and was doing nothing wrong.

Check out the 'Press' section for his latest media appearances and antics.

Artist Statement:

I am a Canadian artist, and nothing like the Group of Seven.