Alex Close (b. 1993, Toronto)


BFA Drawing and Painting – OCAD University (Canada) 2015

Exchange – Glasgow School of Art (UK) 2013

MLitt Fine Art Practice Specializing in Painting – Glasgow School of Art (UK) 2017

MDes Industrial Design Research– Carleton University (Canada) 2020

Select Exhibitions

2021, 2020 Osten Biennal of Drawing Exhibition of Shortlisted Artists, Exhibition of Finalists, National Galley of North Macedonia – Skopje N. Macedonia

2021 “Tempered Mirage” Litla Gallery – Hafnarfjörður Iceland (Pop-up solo, self-curated)

2021 “Tehom” SÍM (Association of Icelandic Visual Artists) Gallery – Reykjavík Iceland

2020 Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition – Edinburgh UK

2018 “Subterrestrial Visitors” Narva Art Residency – Narva Estonia (Pop-up solo, self-curated)

2017 “Drifting Corridors” The Old Hairdressers – Glasgow Scotland (Lead Curation)

2017 MLitt Degree Show (GSA) – Glasgow Scotland

2017 “Somewhere Far from the Subject Itself” House for an Art Lover – Glasgow Scotland

2017 Westaim Showcase OCADU – Toronto Canada

2015 Art Olympia Exhibition Toshima City Hall – Tokyo Japan

2015 “Experiencing Perspectives” Mercedes Benz Juried Exhibition – Mississauga Canada

2015, 2014 “The Big Draw” OCAD University Juried Silent Auction – Toronto Canada


Nes Artist Residency, Skagaströnd Iceland February 2021

SÍM (Association of Icelandic Visual Artists) Residency, Reykjavík Iceland January 2021

Center for Contemporary Art, Prilep North Macedonia – July 2019

Narva Art Residency, Narva Estonia – April, May 2018

De Niro Artist Colony, Bitola North Macedonia – June 2018


Mongolia’s Energy Transition Field School with the American Center for Mongolian Studies (Mongolia 2019)

Tunnug Mound Archaeological and Geographical Expedition with the Russian Geographical Society (Tuva, Russia 2018)


Artist Talk – NES Residency Skagaströnd Iceland 2021

Artist Talk – SÍM Residency, Reykjavik Iceland 2021

Design Brainstorming Workshop (for Second Year Industrial Design Students), Carleton University, Ottawa Canada 2020

Russian Constructivism Lecture and Workshop – Narva Art Residency, Narva Estonia 2018

Selected Awards and Grants

Carleton University Academic Scholarship (Canada) 2018-2020

Art Olympia Tokyo First Round Finalist Award (Japan) 2017

Mackendrick Postgraduate Scholarship (Scotland) 2016

Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant (Canada) 2016

Art Olympia Tokyo Chu-Teh-I Jury Award (Japan) 2015

Aboveground Art Supplies Scholarship OCADU (Canada) 2014

Carol and Morton Rapp Foundation Scholarship OCADU (Canada) 2013

Published Work

Cover Painting and Illustrations for “The Bells Will Ring Tomorrow: Tales of Village Life in Aegean Macedonia” by Alex Gigeroff 2020

Cover Painting and Illustrations for “Remembrances & Other Observations” by David Cohen 2020

MDes Thesis “Visual Thinking in Virtual Environments: Evaluating Multidisciplinary Interaction Through Drawing Ideation in Real-time Remote Co-design” Carleton University 2020


Living National Treasure Museum Tokyo Japan