Born in Mexico City Irma Schiele is a Vancouver resident with a BFA degree from Emily Carr University of Art & Design. Working under the traditional, ancestral, and unseeded territory of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations with a focus for drawing and painting; Irma's work has been featured across places such as the West Vancouver ferry building, Gastwon's Kimprints, and East Vancouver's Hotel At The Waldorf.
Irma aims to create a positive and imaginative relationship with the viewer through vibrant colours and bold lines inspired by traditional Mexican sculptures & kitsch contemporary art.
My painting practice stems from the inspiration of my grandmother's love for sculpting alebrijes. Alebrijes, pioneered by Mexican artisan Pedro Linares, are imagined mystical creatures commonly built up of characteristics deriving from non-human animals. Traditionally sculpted out of paper mache or copal wood, alebrijes are most recognized for their vibrant colours and hand painted patterns.
In efforts to further connect with my heritage and experiment with the representation of non-human animals through colour, pattern, culture and hybridity, I take the sculptural art form of alebrijes and transfer it into the two dimensional realm of painting onto stretched canvas & wood panel. The opportunity to transfer these mystical creatures onto a two dimensional realm allows me to create a space where a new narrative can be born.