Karina Kalvaitis Biography

Karina depicts animals both real and imagined. She creates a sort of parallel world full of personable, loveable, odd and awkward creatures that are familiar yet strange.


In graphite drawings and in mixed media sculptures these silently expressive oddballs act as metaphors for our own states of mind: Stoicism, uncertainty, hope, wonder. She in interested in creating art that gets to the heart of human emotions and experiences – while also embracing a sense of the mysterious and unknowable.


Always interested in physically crafting work with a variety of materials, Karina majored in sculpture at the Alberta College of Art and Design, and later studied theatre prop building at the Banff Centre in Alberta.

She has lived in Victoria since 1996 and works as an artist full-time (with short stints in the world of theatre props and sets). Her studio is at the arc•hive artist run centre in Rock Bay near downtown Victoria, BC, Canada.


  • Mold-making and casting demo at Opus Framing and Art Supplies. Saturday October 20th.  Join me for this free 1.5 hour demo on how to replicate an existing object. We will touch on making molds with plaster, replica alginate, Amazing Remelt and liquid latex, with an in-depth look at Amazing Mold Putty. There are two time slots:12 PM and 2:30 PM. Space is limited and registration is required.
    Please visit Opus Victoria or contact them at 250‑386‑8133 or toll free 1‑800‑524‑6555 to register.
  • Small Change. Open Studios at Arc.hive Artist Run CentreFriday November 23rd 4-8 pm and Saturday November 24th noon to 5. 2516 Bridge Street Victoria, B.C. Be sure to visit our Rock Bay Square neighbours for their open houses as well.
  • Craft Cartel. Friday November 30th 5-9 pm and Saturday December 1st 10 am to 5 pm. The DaVinci Center 195 Bay St. Victoria BC
  • Boreal Fair. Saturday December 8th 10 a.m to 6 p.mThe Hub at Cowichan Station- 2375 Koksilah rd., Duncan BC


AGE OF THE UNSEEN WORLD. Solo show at Arc.hive Artist Run Centre. 2516 Bridge Street Victoria, B.C. Sept 7th to 23rd 2018.

DRAWING CONCLUSIONS. Errant Art Space. 975 Alston St. Victoria, BC. Group drawing show with Victoria and Vancouver Island artists curated by Kyle Labinsky. June 9th – 24th, 2018.

WINTER SMALL WORKS Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. 1040 Moss St. Victoria BC. Nov 7 – Jan 31 2018.

REFUGIUM. Maritime Museum of B.C. 634 Humboldt St, Victoria, BC
October 5th to December 17th, 2017.

ART GALLERY PAINT IN Moss St. Victoria, BC, Canada. July 15, 2017.

HOPEFUL MONSTERS.  Arc.hive Artist Run Centre. March 3rd to 26th. 2516 Bridge St. Victoria, BC

ART GALLERY PAINT IN Moss St. Victoria, BC Saturday July 16th, 2016.

INTEGRATE ARTS FESTIVAL August 26th to September 2nd, 2016. 636 Fort Street, Victoria BC. Plus a show in my studio at 216 – 2614 Bridge St. Victoria, BC. 

ART NOW. (group show). Atrium Building, Victoria, BC. May 14-123, 2016.

SALT SPRING NATIONAL ART PRIZE  FINALIST EXHIBITION (SSNAP). Mahon Hall, Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada. September 26 – October 24, 2015.

INTEGRATE ARTS FESTIVAL. Unit 228C 1150 Douglas St. Victoria, BC. August 28 – September 12, 2015.

ART NOW. (group show). Atrium Building, Victoria, BC. May 7-10, 2015

101 UNFRAMED – 29 FOREVER. (group show). Gallery 101, Ottawa, ON. December 1, 2012.

ART CRAWL. Gallery 16 1/2, Victoria, BC. June 8th 2011.

HOBNOB (group show). Polychrome. Victoria, BC. July 19th – September 8th, 2011.

QUEERTOPIA. (group show). Presented by Pride In Arts. Exhibition Hall at the Roundhouse, Vancouver, BC. July 27 – August 14, 2010.

HOBNOB (group show). Polychrome. Victoria, BC. July 11th – August 26th, 2010.

AURORA (group show). Polychrome, Victoria, BC. January 31st – February 25, 2010.

ARTS AND CRAFTS (group show). Boucherat, Victoria BC. December 4 – January 15, 2010.

SMALL WORLD. (group show). Open Space.  Victoria, BC. October 9, 2009.

LIGHT AND FLUFFY. (group show). Studio 16 1/2, Victoria, BC.  December 12 – January 30, 2009

ABRACADABRA. (group show). Little Mountain Studios. Vancouver, BC. September19 – October19, 2008

LUST. (group show). Gallery 101, Ottawa, ON. December 4 – 6, 2008.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. (group show). Headbones Gallery. Toronto, ON. January 11 – February 20, 2007.

TEN SMALL QUARRELS. (solo show). Gallery 101. Ottawa, ON. September 7 – October 5, 2006.

DOMESTIC BLISS (3 person show). Open Space. Victoria, BC. June 2 – July 8, 2006.

STELLERINE. (solo show).  Deluge Contemporary Arts. Victoria, BC. October 21 – November 25, 2005.

STRANGE BEDFELLOWS: KARINA KALVAITIS AND THE LIONS (group show with the Lions drawing collective). Truck Gallery. Calgary, AB. July 8 – August 6, 2005.

SHAPESHIFTER HOTSPOT. NOW. (group show). Open Space. Victoria, BC. June17 – July 30, 2005.

ANIMALIA DONATIONAISER. (group show). Ministry of Casual Living. Victoria, BC. November 26 – December 2, 2004.

TEN SMALL QUARRELS. (solo show). Rogue Art. Victoria, BC. August 1 – September 24, 2003.

WATER BABIES AND VEGETABLE LAMBS. (solo show). Rogue Art.  Victoria, BC.  August 17 – September 2, 2001.

EYE CANDY – VICTORIA OPEN. (group show).  Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.  Victoria, BC.  March 9 – May 21, 2001.

MOMENTARY ANATOMY. (solo show). Truck Gallery.  Calgary, AB.  July – August 3, 1996.