Mackenzie Perras (b. 1990 in Canada) was educated in Cultural Studies (Visual Culture) at McGill University in Montreal. Situated very clearly in the context of contemporary painting, his work often incorporates exotic, historical, or otherwise meaningful materials into painting. Through substance, image and word he often tells nuanced stories about the social history or emotional nature of materials that often fly under our radar.
With a background in the study and creation of experimental film and a course of study under the renowned Ara Osterweil a natural sense of poetry guides his work. Previously a curator and lecturer for experimental cinematheque Cinema 17, Mackenzie first began to make waves as a painter in 2015. By 2016 his studio practice had brought him to Mumbai, India where a strong collector base began discovering his work. In 2017 he was on the move again, this time to Puebla, Mexico for an international artist residency with the Arquetopia network. Back in South Asia, he later began teaching art and facilitating creative art therapy for underprivileged women with the Chelsea Centre in Kathmandu, Nepal. A strong sense of responsibility and connection with local communities is a driving force behind his work.