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 Osten Biennial of Drawing 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


2021 Muzychi Expanded History Project, Muzychi Ukraine

2021 Nes Artist Residency, Skagaströnd Iceland

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

2019 Center for Contemporary Art, Prilep North Macedonia

2018 Narva Art Residency, Narva Estonia

Fieldwork/Short Courses

2021 Spatial Storytelling – Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts (Austria)

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

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


2021 Guest Lecturer – Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (Department of Drawing), Vienna Austria

2021 Artist Talk – in Conversation with Alevtina Kakhidze – Izolyatsia Foundation, Kyiv Ukraine

2021 Artist Talk – SÍM Residency, Reykjavik Iceland

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

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

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

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

“Leveraging Disciplinary and Cultural Diversity in the Conceptualization Stages of Design” In book: Advances in Interdisciplinary Practice in Industrial Design, Proceedings of the AHFE International Conference on Interdisciplinary Practice in Industrial Design 2019


Living National Treasure Museum Tokyo Japan