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Press Release: Dystopia Rising Art Exhibition

Updated: Dec 17, 2020

On Saturday December 19th, 2020, artist Marc Adornato will release a new body of artwork titled DYSTOPIA RISING. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the exhibition will only be viewable in person by appointment only at his art studio in downtown Ottawa, and through an Artist Talk video on YouTube.

*Watch the artist talk here:

To book a private viewing, message the artist:

*The title of this art exhibit has no affiliation with

Adornato in his art studio, December 2020. Photo by @_finn.


WHO: Artist Marc Adornato, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) University. WHAT: A new art exhibition titled Dystopia Rising

WHEN: The Artist Talk video has been uploaded to YouTube and the private viewings are bookable now until February by contacting the artist. WHERE: Private viewings at his art studio in downtown Ottawa.

WHY: Because COVID-19 robbed me of a normal vernissage and art Exhibition.

*Special thanks to the City of Ottawa for an Artist Production Grant to help make this work.



About Dystopia Rising:

This exhibition consists of over 20 new contemporary paintings that address current issues like the COVID-19 global pandemic, Trumpism, modern Catholicism, gun violence and mass-shootings, climate change, and social media surveillance technology. These topics are depicted through Medieval and Byzantine stylized art, and both juxtapose and draw parallels between historical and present day social issues.

These artworks draw inspiration from Adornato's Christian-Italian heritage as well as several art history research trips to Italy, Armenia, Georgia, Turkey, Greece, and Berlin.

Titles include: COVID-19 wreaks havoc in long-term care homes, Saint Karlos Contemplates the Consequences of Capitalism, The School of Athens Mass Shooting, In God We Trust, Everybody Gets a Gun, Joseph and Mario's adoption of the Magi, etc.

About the artist: Adornato is a non-religious former Catholic, and 1st generation Italian-French Canadian, born in Montréal, Quebec and based in Ottawa, Canada. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He has since exhibited at the Canadian War Museum, the Bank of Canada's Museum of Currency, the Diefenbunker Museum, and the Ottawa Art Gallery Annexe. His artwork resides in the permanent collections of the City of Ottawa, the Diefenbunker Museum, and other private collections internationally. View the complete artist biography here.

Selection of Paintings:

"COVID-19 Wreaks Havoc on Long-term Care Homes", Adornato, 2020


(Left to right): Salvator Mundi, Saint Marcus of Zibi, The COVID-19 Crucifixion, Saint Karlos Contemplates the Consequences of Capitalism, Saint Francis Fears the Stigma of Witnessing a UFO, The Casualties of COVID-19, The Saints Go Marching, Joseph and Mario's Adoption of the magi. View all artworks here


All of the images and information are free for media use with credit to Adornato.

For more information contact the artist via email:

Or through his social media accounts:

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