Artist CV


Aquil Virani is a self-taught artist. After being accepted to Emily Carr University, he chose instead to pursue academic studies at McGill University after being awarded the J.W.McConnell Major Scholarship.

His most recent projects blur the line between art and activism; he makes socially-conscious art that involves simple public participation, using art as a tool for real social change.

CV: Solo shows + art projects

“Here is a gift,” curated by Courtney Holmes, Arts Underground, Whitehorse.
#CelebrateHer: Online nomination of inspiring women turned into art. (in progress)
“Supporting artists that are women,” Mural Festival, Montreal.
Live painting of Juanita Westmoreland-Traoré at #LawNeedsFeminism national forum, commissioned by Rachel Kohut, 8 Queen, Montreal.
Anna Politkovskaya: Live, collaborative art, Centaur Theatre, Montreal.
Intractable Woman cover illustration, commissioned by Micheline Chevrier, Imago Theatre, Montreal.
Stronger Together: Live, collaborative art at the Montreal Vigil for Québec City Muslims, Parc Metro, Montreal.
The 26 Project: What adjectives describe inspiring women, Montreal.
Official banner for Women’s March in Montreal, invited by Barbara Bedont, Place des Arts, Montreal.

My Canada, curated by Dan Conlin. Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, Halifax.
Artist-in-residence, invited by Courtney Bringley. Paul Smith’s College, New York.
The Giveaway Project: Free art at local bus stops, Montreal.
NHL’s Ottawa Senators Fan Fest 2016 – Interactive art, Ottawa.
The 100 Project: 100 Artworks in 1 Week, Montreal.
“What defines your perspective?” in collaboration with TEDxMontreal conference, Montreal.
Limitless: Canadian Special Olympics Gala (with The Idea Hunter)- Interactive art, Toronto.
Live Painting at the Ronald McDonald House Charity (with The Idea Hunter), Mississauga.
“Qu’est-ce qui vous fait vous sentir chez vous ?” TEDxHEC conference, Montreal.
Love Letters to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Toronto.
The Art of the Lip, Live Chalk Art at the MAC Cosmetics Launch on Ste. Catherine’s street (With The Idea Hunter), Montreal.
Smart Cities Challenge Co-Design Session: Live Illustration, McConnell Foundation, Ottawa.
#ShawnMitchLife Live Art event, Montreal.
“Tronald Dump” Balloon Project, 200 King Street, Toronto.
Your Last Creative Moment, CSFX16, Toronto.
Truth and Reconciliation Commission Awareness Campaign, Canadian Roots Exchange. Montreal.
Cities For People Illustration commission, The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, Montreal.
Private commission: Lucas Topham, Montreal. “L to K.”
Private commission: Cory Bensen, Vancouver. “For Emma.”
Private commission: Anya Chif, Montreal. “Le Petit Prince.”
Private commission: Darren Johnston, Montreal. “The Babadook.”
Private commission: Nini Pattinier, Vancouver. “65.”

Canada’s Self Portrait, Canada-wide art project, Galerie Mile-End, Montreal.
The 24 Project: 24 artworks in 24 hours for my 24th birthday, Montreal.
Artist-in-residence, invited by Virginia McAleese. Paul Smith’s College, New York.
“What Does Innovation Look Like?” Babson College Entrepreneurship Forum, Boston.
#100PourcentHumain Live Painting with ENSEMBLE pour le respect de la diversité. Galerie Gora. Montreal.
Live Painting project sponsored by MindGeek, Laval.
Private commission: Duane Jones, Ottawa. “Male form.”
Private commission: Anna-Marie Jones, Halifax. “Three Sisters.”
Private commission: Dane Stewart, Montreal. “Gandalf.”
Private commission: Jordana Weiss, Toronto. “A gift to my mentor.”

Canada’s Self Portrait Tour, St. John’s, Halifax, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Jasper, Vancouver, Victoria.
ARTPROV, Art and Improv Event, Montreal Improv, Montreal.
Artist-in-residence, invited by Virginia McAleese. Paul Smith’s College, New York.
Live painting, “Half-truth” Musical Event with Matthew Hiscock, Montreal.
Colorgraphics Creative Challenge, L’Oréal Canada (Matrix Canada), Montreal.
Painting donation to “Matthieu Mon Ange” fundraiser, Montreal.
Live painting, The Nest Café Grand Opening Event, Montreal.

We Are All Artists Project, invited by Virginia McAleese. Paul Smith’s College, New York.
Live painting donation, De La Rue Aux Étoiles, Dans la rue, Montreal.
Set design and painting, Players’ Theatre production of Macbeth, Montreal.

COPYCAT Solo Show, Fridge Door Gallery, Montreal.
Public art commission (mural), McConnel Engineering Building at McGill University, Montreal.
Live drawing commission, School of Extended Learning, Concordia University, Montreal.
Private commission: Adrienne Hiles, Montreal. “Wedding.”
Private commission: Sara Scharf, Montreal. “Nudus.”
Private commission: Jordana Weiss. “Beautiful nude.”

MINDFCUK Solo Show, Fridge Door Gallery, Montreal.
Aquil Virani Solo Show, Service Canada Centre, Montreal.
Body painting, ECOuture 2011 Fashion Show, Club 737. Montreal.
Live painting, TEDxEvent, Bain Mathieu, Montreal.
Private commission: Andy Shariff, Montreal. “Embrace.”
Private commission: Keegan Balcom, Montreal. “Imagine.”
Private commission: Matrix Canada, Montreal. “Socolor.”

Live painting, “ARTifact,” TNC Theatre, McGill University, Montreal.
Live painting donation, ECOuture 2010, Fashion Show Montreal Science Centre, Montreal.

“What Makes You Happy?” Project, McGill’s Nuit Blanche. Montreal.


CV: Press coverage

“Yukon chiefs’ personalities ‘shine through’ in colourful paintings.” Philippe Morin. CBC North. Whitehorse.
“Arts Underground artist-in-residence Aquil Virani.” Vince Fedoroff. The Whitehorse Star. Whitehorse.
« L’ici et maintenant d’Aquil Virani. » Olivier de Colombel. L’aurore boréale.
« Les arts en fête à Pointe-Claire. » Éric Clément. La Presse. Montreal.
“#CelebrateHer on Montreal Billboard.” Kim Sullivan and Tina Tennerriello. MAtv (television). Montreal.
“Notable women for an extraordinary project.” Laura Casella. Global News (television). Montreal.
“Featured alumni” (video), shown at all convocation ceremonies at McGill University. Montreal.
“Portrait of Imago.” Erin Lindsay. Imago Theatre. Montreal.
“#CelebrateHer recognizes inspiring women.” Sabrina Marandola. CBC’s Homerun (radio). Montreal.
“Nominate an inspiring woman.” Sonmin Bong. The F Word: Feminist Media Collective (radio). Vancouver.
“Preview: Colour Outside the Lines combines improv and multicultural perspectives.” Xavier Tolentino. Bad Feeling Magazine. Montreal.
“Our favourite #McGillProud story.” Mark Sinclair. McGill University Alumni. Montreal.
“Alumni hear young entrepreneurs’ stories.” McGill News Magazine. Montreal.
“Go Beyond the Canvas: A discussion with Aquil Virani.” Annie Rochon. The Apollos. New York.
“The Quebec City Mosque Attack: What we know so far.” The Globe & Mail. Canada.
« Des oeuvres, un silence et des mots. » Odile Tremblay. Le Devoir. Montréal.
“Vigil for Quebec City victims.” Sarah Jesmer. The Link newspaper. Montreal.
“Canada wraps its arms around victims of mosque attack.” Jaela Bernstien, Loreen Pindera. CBC Montréal.
“Manifestation des femmes contre Donald Trump à Montréal en direct.” Canoë Télévision. Montreal.

“Free art!” Mike Finnerty. CBC’s Daybreak (radio/television). Montreal.
“The Giveaway Project: How one Montreal artist is sharing art for free.” Morgan Davis. McGill Tribune. Montreal.
“Street art ‘Lite'” Kelsey Litwin. The Link newspaper. Montreal.
“Sending positivity through public art.” Jessica Kinnari. The Concordian. Montreal.
“Alumni Spotlight: Aquil Virani.” Jasmine Boyes. Southridge School Annual Report. Vancouver.
“Live immersive art experience.” Lina Racaniello. TEDxMontreal blog. Montreal.
“Consider your Canada at Pier 21.” Morgan Mullin. The Coast. Halifax.
“Why I care that my art is inclusive.” Aquil Virani. Uppercase Magazine. Calgary.
“One-of-a-kind painting.” #Sens25 Update. Julie-Anne Lafreniere. Sens Extra #91. Ottawa.
“Paul Smith’s College welcomes students, fewer than hoped for.” Chris Knight. Adirondack Daily Enterprise. New York.
“A new school year and new art at Paul Smiths College” (radio). Todd Moe. North Country Public Radio. New York.
“100 artworks in 1 week.” Derick Fage. Breakfast Television Montreal (television).
“Aquil Virani’s latest project.” Christine Long. CTV Montreal (television).
“At the gallery with Aquil Virani.” Sue Smith. CBC Radio. Montreal.
« Qu’est-ce qui vous fait vous sentir chez vous ? » Anais Laspougeas. L’Intérêt. Montreal.
“Fine Arts Marathon.” Ocean DeRouchie. The Link Newspaper. Montreal.
“100 artworks in 1 week?” Cassandra Marsillo. Montreal Rampage + Artistorian. Montreal.
“100 artworks. 1 week.” Diane Wong. Artinest. Montreal.
“Aquil Virani’s art marathon.” Ocean DeRouchie. Montreal.
“A Q&A: 1 man. 1 week. 100 artworks.” Lydia Anderson. The Concordian. Montreal.
« Entrevue: Aquil Virani. » Matilda Nottage. Le Délit. Montreal.
“Artist creates artwork for TSO,”, Toronto.
« Plusieurs Québécois récompensés au concours » Infopresse, Montreal.
“Aquil Virani wins 2016 Applied Arts Conceptual Illustration Award.,” Southridge Press, Vancouver.

« Autoportrait en fragments » (print). Julie Chaumont. Urbania Magazine. Montreal.
“What is Canada’s Self Portrait?” Breakfast Television Montreal (television).
« Esquisse de l’identité canadienne. » Éric Clément. La Presse. Montreal.
“Drawing Canadian Identity” (radio). Sue Smith. Homerun. CBC Montreal.
“Art this week.” Lisa Sproull. Cult MTL. Montreal.
“Crowdsourced art on Canadian identity.” Carys Mills. Canadian Geographic. Toronto.
“Drawing Canadian Identity” (online). Kristina Urquhart. Applied Arts Magazine. Toronto.
“Coast-to-coast collaborative creation” (online). Neil McDevitt. McGill Reporter. Montreal.
“Drawing Canadian Identity” (online). Rachel Yeoh. Entitled Magazine. London, UK.
“Canada Day with Canada’s Self Portrait” (online). Artistorian Blog. Montreal.
“Montreal artist creates 24 pieces in 24 hours” (television). CBC TV Montreal.
“What’s On: Aquil Virani creates 24 artworks in 24 hours”. CTV Montreal (television).
“The 24 project” (radio). Mike Finnerty. CBC Montreal.
“New Paul Smith’s students welcomed with unique art project” (television). Rose Spillman. Channel 3 News Vermont.
“POUNCE!” (radio). Todd Moe. North Country Public Radio. New York.
“Artist combines 300+ freshmen drawings into a single artwork” (print). Brittany Proulx. Adirondack Daily Enterprise. New York.
“EQUINOXE Preview.” Leonardo Calcagno. Baron Mag. Montreal.

“Canada’s Self Portrait at Heritage Days” (television). CBC Edmonton.
“CTV Morning Live with Kelly Linehan: Canada’s Self Portrait” (television). CTV Winnipeg.
“Canada’s Self Portrait” (radio). Yvonne Leblanc-Smith, CBC Nova Scotia.
“Winnipeggers wanted for national art project” (radio and online). Ismaila Alfa. CBC Manitoba.
“Canada’s Self Portrait” (radio). Sonali Karnick. CBC Montreal.
« Un Vancouvérois traverse le Canada pour le dessiner » (radio). Boulevard du Pacifique. Ici.
“Let every concept soar” (online). Southridge School. Vancouver.
“Art for the People, by the People” (print). The Concordian. Montreal.
“A Portrait of the Country as a Young Nation” (print). The Link. Montreal.
“Sketches reveal Canucks’ love of country” (print). Victoria Times Colonist. Victoria.
“My name is Aquil and I am Canadian” (online). Montreal Rampage. Montreal.
“Aquil Virani is back at Paul Smith’s!” (radio). North Country Public Radio. New York.
“Three Bares Mural.” Ellsworth Bell. The Ledger. Montreal.
“Art for (and by) the masses.” Kenneth Aaron. The Sequel, Paul Smith’s College. New York.
“College students collaborate on new art” (radio). North Country Public radio. New York.

“Dans la rue fundraiser” (television). Tania Krywiak. CTV News. Montreal.
“We Are All Artists.” Glenn Weiss. Art of Community (blog). Florida.
“Unifying Freshmen.” (Front page article). Shaun Kittle. Adirondack Daily Enterprise. New York.
“Aquil Virani: Revealing the artist in everyone” (radio). Todd Moe.
North Country Public Radio. New York.
“We Are All Artists (Photo Of The Day).” Jack LaDuke. Plattsburgh Press Republican. New York.

“Focus Montreal” (television). Richard Dagenais. Global News Montreal.
“Arts & Culture” (online video). Alexandre Blais. CUTV.
“Everyone has the potential to be an artist” (online video). Gabriel De Vuyst. The Bull & Bear.
“COPYCAT.” Jessica Prupas. Leacock’s Magazine. Montreal.
“Canvassing the Masses.” Katie McGoarty. The Link Newspaper. Montreal.
“Drawing inspiration from those around him.” Rachel Reichel. McGill Daily. Montreal.
“We are all artists…even if we don’t believe it.” Katherine Gombay. McGill Reporter. Montreal.
“Southridge grad solos with McGill exhibit.” Alex Browne. Peace Arch News. Vancouver.
“Artsweek (ARTISTAT).” Sacha Jackson. Montreal Mirror. Montreal.

“Mindfcuk.” Garret Cosgrave. Leacock’s Magazine. Montreal.
“McGill students sing, dance and doodle in benefit TalentDrive” (online). Peggy Curran. Montreal Gazette. Montreal.
“Sht tht wll fck wth yr mnd.” Christina Colizza. McGill Daily. Montreal.
“Mindfcuk” (video). Stacy De Souza. TVM. Montreal.
“How to create your own art show.” Aquil Virani. The Concordian. Montreal.


CV: Teaching, workshops, lectures

Keynote speaker, “Artist Talk from Artist-in-Residence Aquil Virani,” Arts Underground, Whitehorse.

Keynote speaker, “A twist of inspiration” invited by Kay Dass. McGill Young Alumni Association, Galerie MX, Montreal.
Presentation, “My story, my perspective,” TEDxMontreal conference, Montreal.
Keynote speaker, “We are all artists.” Paul Smith’s College, New York.
Guest speaker, “Art makes me feel at home.” TEDxHEC conference, Montreal.
Arts Curriculum Leader, Centauri Arts Camp, Toronto. (cancelled due to scheduling conflict)
Guest speaker, invited by Kay Dass, Work Your BA Conference, McGill University, Montreal.
Guest speaker, “My journey into art” invited by Susy Baranszky-Job. Southridge High School, Vancouver.
Participant, Kyle Jackson’s Empress of Ireland collaborative artwork, Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, Halifax.
Artist mentor, Mural creation project with Jimmy Baptiste, McGill Faculty of Education, Montreal.

Keynote speaker, “We are all artists.” Paul Smith’s College, New York.
Guest speaker, “Staying true to your passion.” invited by Susy Baranszky-Job. Southridge High School, Vancouver.

Presenter and panelist, “Drawing Canadian identity” invited by Anita Bromberg. Canadian Race Relations Foundation Symposium, Ottawa.
Resident artist and workshop facilitator, “Artful poster-making” invited by Susy Baranszky-Job. Southridge High School, Vancouver.
Keynote speaker, “We are all artists.” Paul Smith’s College, New York.
Sessional workshop facilitator, Overture With The Arts, Riverdale High School, Montreal.
Guest speaker, “Where I am (going).” Southridge High School, Vancouver.

Keynote speaker, “We are all artists.” Paul Smith’s College, New York.
Sessional workshop facilitator, Overture With The Arts, Riverdale High School, Montreal.

Guest speaker, We Are All Artists Project, Southridge High School, Vancouver.


CV: Group shows

150 Muslim Contributions, curated by Maduba Ahmad, MuslimFest, Mississauga. 2017.
Géopoétique, curated by Kasia Basta. Stewart Hall Art Gallery. Pointe-Claire. 2017.
Speak Our Minds. Thomson House Gallery. McGill University. Montreal. 2017.
Avocats Sans Frontières Fundraiser. Thompson House Gallery. McGill University. Montreal. 2016.
Dans la nature, curated by Dia Tsitouras. Galerie Mile-End, Montreal. 2015.
Equinoxe, Galerie USINE 106u, curated by Eric Braun. Montreal. 2015.
Skeletonic, curated by Mira Silvers. Cinema du Parc. Montreal.2014.
L’Expression. Prestige Studios. Montreal. 2012.
Light Bite, curated by Alban Low. Light Night Festival, Nottingham, United Kingdom. 2011.
ECOuture. Caramel Lounge, Montreal. 2011.
SEDE Calendar vernissage, curated by Veronica Amberg, Faculty Club, McGill University, Montreal. 2011.
Body Talk, curated by Marina Cutler. Avenue Art, curated by Marina Cutler, Montreal. 2010.
Open Fridge, curated by Alban Low. Gallery 89, London, United Kingdom. 2010.
ART SUP. Le Cagibi, Montreal. 2010.
Visual Impact. Bronfman Building of McGill University, Montreal. 2010.
SEDE Calendar vernissage, curated by Veronica Amberg. Faculty Club, McGill University, Montreal. 2010.
On The Road. Arts Undergraduate Society, McGill University. Montreal. 2010.
Cruxism, curated by Amanda Brownridge. Fridge Door gallery, Montreal. 2010.
Vision. Charnwood Arts, Leicestershire, United Kingdom. 2009.
DisConnect, curated by Amanda Brownridge. Fridge Door Gallery, Montreal. 2009.
Art Shift. Fridge Door Gallery, Montreal. 2009.