Red Pepper maintains a roster of associate artists who work with us throughout the year on our projects. They are experienced in a wide variety of art disciplines and cultural practices, working with us as either production staff or performers, depending on the unique needs of each project.
JESUS MORA has studied drawing and painting in both Mexico and Canada. Over the past decade, he has participated in several art projects, exhibitions, workshops, residencies and festivals with his paintings, photography, video, sculpture and performance. In addition to Red Pepper, he has collaborated with Art Starts, SAVAC, Art City, Urban Arts and LACAP among others.
Link: Jesus Mora Art
GISELLE NAVAROLI was born and raised in Havana, Cuba, completed the Elementary School of Ballet, and has a degree in clowning from the National Circus School, and a BFA from the University of Cuba. Giselle came to Canada in 2000 to the World Stage Festival and now resides in Toronto as a performer, children's advocate and painter.
DANIELA ARANGO is a Colombian performer, designer, community worker/builder, and multi disciplinary artist. She has worked and collaborated with different festivals and companies including: Red Pepper Spectacle Arts, Casa Maíz Cultural Centre, Día de Muertos Collective, Kensington Market Winter Solstice, Indigenous Arts Fest among others.
BEN HERMANN is a multi-talented musician, composer and carpenter/woodworker. Ben has worked with Red Pepper since 2012 as technical manager for the Kensington Market Winter Solstice Festival, as well as assisting with production and workshop delivery throughout the year.
Link: Ben Hermann Music
TAI KIM was born in Seoul, Korea and now lives and works in Toronto. She primarily practices and teaches painting and mixed media, from both eastern and western perspectives, both traditional and contemporary. She also works on elaborate textile installations with recycled materials, and has a performance art practice.
CHERISH VIOLET BLOOD is an actor, storyteller, comedian, activist and Blackfoot woman. She is a graduate of the Centre for Indigenous Theatre in Toronto, and has performed all over North America. Cherish enjoys traditional hand drumming, contemporary singing, and has trained with Micah Barnes at the Banff Centre Vocal Intensive.
SONJA CLARKE, is a visual artist, dancer and model who has been involved in Toronto’s community arts through Red Pepper since 2015 when she began as an intern, and later became an associate artist and administrator. She has designed and led many workshops, including lanterns and mosaics: Gathering of the Clans Mosaic, the Chester Lee Community Garden Mosaic, the Aboriginal Legal Services Morrisseau Mosaic, and others, such as Native Men’s Residence Tikinaagan Project. Sonja has been an integral part of Red Pepper’s festival work, such as the Kensington Winter Solstice Parade, and the Indigenous Arts Festival and Nuit Rose.
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