Ajax, Ont.-based multimedia artist Malik McKoy is an up-and-comer in Canada’s art scene. Not only did the painter and digital artist recently graduate from OCAD University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the prestigious school’s Drawing and Painting program, but he also graduated from Seneca College’s Art and Animation program. “Straddling the line between analog and digital, McKoy attempts to create a visual world that lives across both practices,” says his website, malikmckoy.com. He has an eclectic portfolio that features plenty of colour and texture, and he points to Devan Shimoyama, Jonathan Lyndon Chase, Boldtron and Tahnee Lonsdale as fellow artists he’s paying close attention to. So far this year, McKoy has shown in two exhibitions: One concluding a solo residency at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa and a group exhibition at Toronto’s Ignite Gallery.

Most admired artist?
Devan Shimoyama. I like how he defies expectations of what art from a Black artist should be, but also how he approaches his multimedia works.

Preferred medium?
Painting and digital 3D modelling.

Monet or Da Vinci?

Picasso or Van Gogh?

Your work in three words?
Vibrant, playful and sinister.

Favourite fall tradition?
Observing the changes in the leaves and the arrival of morning fog.

Currently on your playlist?
Apink Chobom by Copycat.

Currently binge-watching?
I’m blazing through the newest seasons of “Tuca & Bertie.”

What’s inspiring you today?
How we curate our real-life personas versus our internet personas.

Favourite restaurant?
Phomono Vietnamese
Cuisine in Ajax.

Your proudest moment?
Having a solo exhibition in an art gallery for the first time.

Something on your bucket list?
Skydiving or maybe hot-air ballooning.

Who do you look up to?
My mother.

Favourite outdoor
activity in the region?
Walking on trails or along the waterfront.

How do you spend a day off?
At home listening to music or watching YouTube.

Favourite memory?
Vacations in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

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