ABOUT Your Host
Rocio Graham is a Mexican-Canadian multidisciplinary artist, community activator and arts administrator based in western Canada. Graham studied business at the Universidad de Occidente and photography at Emily Carr University and the Alberta University of the Arts .
They are currently a peer residency coordinator for the Alberta University of the Arts Student Association (AUArts SA), Hear/d Residency the only mental health focused art residency at a post secondary level in Canada.
They are an active mentor of emerging BIPOC artists across Canada with organizations that include Arts Commons, AUArts SA, Santa Rosa Arts , ICAI and G44 Centre for Contemporary Photography .
They have received numerous grants and recognition for their contributions to building communities of care.
Their work has been acquired by Saks Fifth Ave, Banff Hot Springs Hotel and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Public Collection.
Their childhood was spent at their mother's kitchen where community was built, roaming in the Sonoran desert barefoot searching for pitayas ( Cactus fruit) or helping their Abuela collect herbs to remedy all sort of soul and body maladies .
Rocio’s art practice is a colourful mash up of community building through wandering in nature, food, ancestral rituals that honours the land and its life cycles.
Their Calgary city garden and their 34 acres of boreal forest in BC serve as their studio—a centre for research and development.
Awards & Nominations:
2021 ATB Healing through the Arts Award
2017 Woman Kind magazine photography award finalist
2017 BMO 1st Art! Invitational Student Art Competition nominee.