Matador Review

A Quarterly Missive of Alternative Concern

steven chmilar


"post emergence plight"


("This is an oil painting created with traditional methods of original content. Its dimensions are 44"x 64" and was completed in March of 2017. It was the centrepiece of his solo exhibition in June of 2017 at Hashtag Gallery in Toronto.")

Steven Chmilar was born in Grande Prairie Alberta where he spent most of his childhood on a farm, helping with chores, drawing and building imaginary civilizations in the woods. While living in Calgary from 2000 – 2008, he played music professionally and won a national songwriting contest in the spring of 2006 at CanadaMusicWeek in Toronto. From 2008 until 2012, he lived in Victoria BC where he painted and performed as a solo musician. A career shift to full-time visual artist was made after the success of his first show in November of 2011. Since moving to Toronto in the spring of 2012, Steven won "best in show" at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibit.