Shalak Attack is a Canadian-Chilean visual artist dedicated to painting, muralism, graffiti urban art, and canvases. Ever since graduating with honours from Concordia University's Bachelor of Fine Arts program, Shalak has manifested her artistic expression on urban walls across the world. Shalak is a co-founder and member of the international art collectives “Essencia”, the “Bruxas”, and the “Clandestinos”.
Shalak also works with other mixed media approaches such as tattoo art, jewelery, illustration, installation, sound, and video making. In the past ten years, she has participated in numerous artistic projects and exhibitions in Canada, Chile, Brazil, Mexico, Palestine, Jordan, Isreal, France, Belgium, Spain, Argentina, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, and Senegal.
It is in Mexico and Brazil that I began to create “Street Art” as a muralist and graffiti artist. It is through these explorations that I have found the ideal union between my individual artistic expression and my values concerning accessibility to art and popular culture. My theoretical and artistic education has been challenged by my experience through institutional structures as well as in the liberty of the streets. It is my cultural, linguistic and artistic fusions that create my unique and personal visual language.
In my artistic approach I fuse the spirit and the aesthetics of traditional South American muralism with contemporary graffiti/ street art. I use colour as a tool to create visual narratives that celebrate and question cultural identity and socio-political values. Specializing in vibrant colourful human and animal portraits immersed in their unique environments, my style is often referred to as psychedelic magical realism.
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