Etienne Zack

Born in Montréal, Canada (1976), Etienne Zack moved to Vancouver, Canada in 1997. He was based in Los Angeles between 2010 and 2016, and now resides in Washington State, USA. Zack studied at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver (2000), Concordia University (1997) and College St-Laurent in Montreal (1996).

Etienne Zack’s paintings serve as code-like environments where paint, language, text, image, history, and architecture merge. He views painting as a dynamic writing and reading technology, challenging norms, and prompting introspection of our perceptual experiences.

Zack’s paintings can be seen through the lens of the painting medium itself, while references to history, literature and architecture are also common terrain. His recent works explore digital spaces, data gathering, and cloud technology’s impact on our memory and concepts of reality.

Noteworthy solo exhibitions include – Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal; Bergen Kunsthall, Norway; Thomas Dane Gallery, England; Surrey Art Gallery, Canada; Esker Foundation, Canada and Blackwood Gallery University of Toronto, Canada. His work has been included in numerous exhibitions at Asia Art Center – Taiwan, Hefei Contemporary Museum, Hefei – China, Mass MoCA,- USA, National Gallery of Canada – Canada, Montréal Museum of Art – Canada, The Model Museum – Ireland, Vancouver Art Gallery – Canada, Norwich Gallery – England amongst others.

Zack’s paintings are collected by institutions and museums including the National Gallery of Canada (five works), Art Bank of Canada, Vancouver Art Gallery (three works), Montreal Fine Arts Museum, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (two works), National Museum of Fine Arts of Quebec, Surrey Art Gallery, Glenbow Museum, City of Montréal, Zabludowicz Collection (London, England) and The Model Museum (Sligo, Ireland) to name a few. His work can also be found in numerous corporate and private collections in the United States, Europe, Scandinavia, Hong Kong, Beijing, Ireland, England and across Canada.
(Photo: Mark Mushet)

Selected Works


Etienne Zack

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Etienne Zack “Mind Pictures”

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Curriculum Vitae


1976 in Montreal, QC. Lives and works in Washington State, USA.


National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada
The Model Museum, Sligo, Ireland
Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
National Fine Arts Museum of Québec, Québec, Canada
Fine Arts Museum of Montréal, Montréal, Canada
Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Montréal, Canada
Global Affairs Canada
Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Montréal, Canada
Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, Canada
Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby, Canada
Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Canada
Zabludowicz Collection, London, England
Canada Council Art Bank, Canada
Musée de Joliette, Joliette, Canada
City of Montréal, Montréal, Canada
National Bank of Canada, Montréal, Montréal, Canada
Toronto Dominion Bank, Toronto, Canada
Bank of Montréal Collection, Montréal, Canada
Royal Bank Collection, Montréal-Toronto-Vancouver, Canada
Loto-Québec, Montréal, Canada
Polygon, Vancouver, Canada
Granite Club, Toronto, Toronto, Canada
Heenan Blaikie, Montréal, Canada
Canaccord Capital, Canada
Fasken Martineau Du Moulin, Vancouver, Canada
Senvest Collection, Montréal, Canada
Giverny  Capital Art Collection
AFK Collection, North Vancouver, Canada


Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver, BC
Concordia University, Montreal,QC
College Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC


2024  (upcoming) Château de La Napoule, La Napoule, France
After Party, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
(upcoming), (TBA), Oaxaca, Mexico
(upcoming), (TBA), LaNao Galería, Mexico City, Mexico

2023 “Retell and Re-Imagine”, Megafield Gallery, Beijing, China
“Per Diem: The Gerd Metzdorff Collection”, Griffin Art Projects, North Vancouver, Canada
“The Art of Conversation”, Gordon Smith Gallery, North Vancouver, Canada
“Sunshine or Rain”, L.L. Contemporary, Toronto, Canada

2021 ‘”Narrative Minds”, Asia Art Center, Taipei, Taiwan
“50 Years/ 50 Stories”, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada
“New Acquisitions 2021”, Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby, BC, Canada
“Everywhere We Are”, Contemporary Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

2020 Megafield Gallery, VIP room, Beijing, China
Definitely Superior Art Gallery, National/ International art from the Private Collection of Dr. Bob Chaudhuri, sponsor of 2020 Future Vision Exhibition, Thunder Bay, ON, Canada

2019  Rarity Summer Contemporary Exhibition 2019, Mykonos, Greece
Hefei Contemporary Museum, Hefei, China
Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

2018  “Transformations”, Gordon Smith Gallery, North Vancouver, Canada
Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
“Transformations: Selected works from the AFK Collection”, Gordon Smith Gallery, North Vancouver, Canada
“Contemporary Practices since 2000”, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada

2017  “Leaning Out of Windows”, curator: Ingrid Koenig and Randy Lee Cutler, Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver, Canada
“Contemporary Practices Since 2000”, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada
“VOYONS VOIR : la Collection de la Ville de Montréal”, La maison de la culture de Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Montreal, Canada
“O Canada”, Beers London Gallery, London, England
“Contemporary Visions VII”, Beers London Gallery, London, England
“Etienne Zack”, Trepanier/Baer Gallery, Calgary, Canada

2016 The Meandering Line, Schneiderei, curator: Steven Tong and Bernadette Phan, Vienna, Austria
Away: The Artist as Traveller, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, BC
Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

2015 Oh,Canada!(touring exhibition), curator: Denise Markonish, Glenbow Museum, Calgary, AB
HERE NOW-Six Works by 6 LA Artists, Wilding and Cran Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2014 Zach Harris-Etienne Zack, Secret Recipe, Los Angeles, CA
Oh, Canada!,Confederation Centre for the Arts, Charlottetown, PEI
Painted Past: A History of Canadian Painting from the Collection, curator: Ian Thom, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Out of Site: New Acquisitions, curator: Stephanie Rebick, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2013 Building on Ruins, Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Corner Thru, Choi & Lager Gallery, Cologne, Germany
Storage Wars, 5490Projects, Beacon Arts Building, Los Angeles, CA
Soundtrack: Volume 1, Division Gallery, Montreal, QC
Soundtrack: Volume 2, Division Gallery, Montreal, QC
TerritoiresImagines, Loto-Quebec Collection, Montreal, QC

2012 Corner Thru, Union Gallery, London, UK
Oh, Canada!, Curator: Denise Markonish, MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA
Up the Walls, The Model, Sligo, Ireland
Cut and Paste, Equinox Project Space, Vancouver, BC
Dissolutions, Rene Blouin Gallery, Montreal, QC
La Collection selon…Les Impatients, Collection Loto-Quebec, Montreal, QC

2011 Art from the Audain Collection: Shore, Forest and Beyond, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Between the Cracks (Picturing the Fourth Dimension), Oboro, Montreal, QC
Unreal, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Some Paintings, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2010 It Is What It Is, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON

2009 Permanent Collection Exhibition, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON

2008 Rien ne se perd, rien ne se cree, tout se transforme, The Quebec Trienniale, Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art, Montreal, QC
Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2007 Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2006 Paint, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC


2024 “Mind Pictures”, Michael Gibson Gallery, London, Canada

2023 “At the end of Numbers”, L.L. Contemporary, Toronto, Canada
‘Marcher des Yeux’, Galerie Cache, Montréal, Canada

2021 “Reflections on a Quiet City”, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

2019 “Partition”, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

2016 “Etienne Zack: Those Lacking Imagination Take Refuge In Reality”, Esker Foundation (catalogue), curator Naomi Potter, Calgary, Canada

2016 Etienne Zack: Autofill Handbook, Vancouver, BC
Etienne Zack: Those Lacking Imagination Take Refuge in Reality, Esker Foundation, Calgary, AB (with catalogue)

2015 Etienne Zack, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Wilding and Cran Gallery, Unit B, Los Angeles, CA

2013 Etienne Zack: Aforementioned, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2012 In Itself, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Vision Machine, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, BC

2011 BCC, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA

2010 Etienne Zack, Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art, Montreal, QC
Autopia, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, BC
NameMediumSizeYear (Untitled Circuit), Vancouver Cultural Olympiad, Vancouver, BC

2008 Lingering Shadows, Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto at Mississauga, Mississauga, ON
Occulture, Art 45, Montreal, QC

2007 Authorshop, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Art 45, Montreal, QC

2006 According to This, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway
Thomas Dane Gallery, London, UK (two person exhibition) Etienne Zack, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Wrong Gallery Edition #125, Lobby Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2005 Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2004 Galeria Marina Miranda, Madrid, Spain

2002 Superpositions, Annexe III, Galerie Trois Points, Montreal, QC
Awry, Artcore Gallery, Toronto, ON
Nothing Really Happens, Third Avenue Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2001 tropes, Third Avenue Gallery, Vancouver, BC


Château de La Napoule, La Napoule Art Foundation,  Mandelieu-La Napoule, France, 2022
Sustainable Arts Foundation, recipient 2021
Caochangdi residency, Beijing, China, 2020
Caochangdi residency, Beijing, China, 2019
TaoHuaTan residency, TaoHuaTan, China, 2019
Salzburger Kunstverein residency, Salzburg, Austria, 2018
Canada Council for the Arts – Long-Term Grants to Visual Artists, 2015
Emily Award, Emily Carr University, Vancouver, Canada,  2014
Residency at The Model Museum, Ireland, 2011
Canada Council for the Arts – Travel Grant 2011
Canada Council for the Arts –Project Grant 2010
City of Montréal Pierre-Ayot Prize – 1st Prize 2008
RBC Painting Competition (National Competition)– 1st Prize 2005
Canada Council for the Arts – Travel Grant 2005
Canada Council for the Arts – Travel Grant 2004
Canada Council for the Arts –Project Grant 2002
Brissenden Scholarship – 1999
Mary Catherine Gordon Memorial Scholarship – 1999


Mozarteum University of Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria
Schneiderei, Vienna, Austria
California State University, Long Beach, USA
School of Art, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada
Ontario College of Art and Design University, Toronto, Canada
Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver, Canada
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
Concordia University, Montréal, Canada
Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University, Halifax, Canada
University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Canada
University of Alberta, Canada
Université du Québec, Québec City, Canada
Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal, Montréal, Canada
Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto in Mississauga, Mississauga, Canada
Canadian Art – Gallery Hop (Equinox Gallery), Vancouver, Canada
Vancouver Island School of Art, Victoria, Canada
TACO A.C. – Talleres de Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City CDMX, Mexico


2018 Canadian Architect (front cover), March 2018

2016 The Sun Torn From The Sky, Esker Foundation (Solo Exhibition Catalogue), curator Naomi Potter, Calgary, Canada

2012 Mass MoCA (Exhibition catalogue), “Oh Canada”, curator: Denise Markonish, May 2012

2012 Artforum International, “Oh Canada”, Previews, by Kayla Guthrie, May 2012, p.154

2012 The Georgia Straight (Feature story), “Art Star: Etienne Zack hits home turf again”, vol 46, #2312,             April 12-19, 2012 by Robin Laurence

2010 National Gallery of Canada, “It Is What It Is: Recent Aquisitions of New Canadian Art” (Exhibition   Catalogue, by Rhiannon Vogl,National Gallery of Canada, 2010,ABC Art Books Canada, p.152-    153

2010 Museum of Contemporary Art of Montreal (Exhibition Catalogue), “Etienne Zack”, by François   Letourneux and Séamus Kealy, Museum of Contemporary Art of Montreal, Canada, ABC Art             Books Canada, 86 pages

2010 Border Crossings, “Crossovers : Visual Arts- Etienne Zack”, by James D. Campbell, volume 29,     number 3, issue no.115, p.135-136

2010 The Georgia Straight, “Etienne Zack turns on the art machines with Autopia”, March 25, 2010 by                Robin Laurence

2010 Le Devoir, “Les musées, entre ombre et lumière”, by Marie-Ève Charron, January 16, 2010, Arts                 Visuels

2010 Le Collectif, “Exposition : Etienne Zack”, by Émilie Lagacé, March 22, 2010

2010 The Globe and Mail, “L’atelier du peintre et ses visions fantasmatiques”, by Sarah Milroy, Saturday             April 3, 2010

2010 Galleries West, “Etienne Zack, Autopia, Equinox Gallery, March3-31, 2010”, Canada Exhibition                   Reviews

2010 Le Devoir, “L’atelier du peintre et ses visions fantasmatiques”, by Marie-Ève Charron, Saturday and            Sunday, February 14, 2010, De Visu, E6

2010 National Post, “Abstract Exposition”, by Leah Sandals, Tuesday, February 9, 2010, Avenue:           Questions and Artists, B7

2010 Métro, “Etienne Zack au MACM”, by Marc-André Lemieux, February 12-14, 2010,Culture, p.21

2010 Le Journal de Montréal, “Trois nouvelles expositions au musée d’art contemporain”, by Dany         Bouchard, Monday February 8, 2010, Arts et Spectacles, p.58

2010 La Presse, “Etienne Zack : Le peintre et son double”, by Mario Cloutier, Saturday March 6, 2010,                Arts et Spectacles, p.17

2010 Vie des Arts, “Etienne Zack : Vertigineux Abîmes”, by Émilie Granjon, #218-Spring 2010, p.40-41

2009 OVNI Magazine 03, “La peinture est une technologie”, Fall 2009, p. 2, p. 21-25, p .72

2008 Carte Blanche, “Vol. 2: Painting”, Magenta Foundation, 2008, p. 206-207

2008 Le Devoir, “Bravo les artistes: Remise de prix”, by Jacque Grenier, Friday November 28, 2008,       Week-End: Culture, B2

2008 Le Journal de Montréal, “La force créative de nos artistes”, by Murielle Chatelier,Saturday November 29, 2008, Art Visuels, p. 54

2008 Vie des Arts, “Prix Pierre-Ayot”, no. 213, Winter 2008-2009, p.15

2008 Vie des Arts, “Nothing Is Lost, Nothing Is Created, Everything Is Transformed”, by John K.Grande, no. 212, p. 8-9

2008 Montreal Mirror, “Epic, outstanding and creepy: Triennial and push”, by Stacey DeWolfe,    December 25-January 7, 2008, p. 56

2008 Canadian Art, “Object World”, by Robin Laurence, Fall 2008, Vol. 25, no.3, p.114-117

2008 La Presse, “Suspense et mystère”, by Jocelyne Lepage, Saturday May 31, 2008, Arts et     spectacles: Arts visuels, p. 17

2008 The Globe and Mail, “Is Montreal the real capital of Canada?”, by Sarah Milroy, Saturday May 31,   2008, Visual arts: Review, p. R5

2008 Vie des Arts, “L’art contemporain au service du public”, by Bernard Lévy, no. 211,  Summer 2008, p. 76

2008 Vie des Arts, “Un air de légèreté”, by Bernard Lévy, no. 211, Summer 2008, p. 79, 83

2008 Concordia Journal, “Concordia artists take the MAC”, by Barbara Black, June 12, p. 12

2008 The Blackwood Gallery ( Exhibition Text), by Séamus Kealy, The Blackwood Gallery, University   of Toronto at Mississauga, Canada

2008 Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal (Exhibition Catalogue), ‘’Rien ne se perd, rien ne se      crée, tout se transforme’’, The Quebec Triennial, , Montréal, Québec, Canada

2008 Página 12, Lilian Rodríguez, 06/10/08

2007 Radio-Canada TV, Capsule Culturelle, Le Téléjournal, 08/12/07

2007 Radio-Canada Radio, “Le pont des arts”, interview by Yolène Mottet, 28/11/07

2007 Western Living, “Westerly: Western Artist Etienne Zack”, by Jaqueline Moore, December 2007,      p.13

2007 Art Le Sabord, Fall 2007, p.12-16

2007 Fashion Magazine, “Art and commerce”, by Kevin Chong, October 2007, p. 128-133

2006 Vancouver Art Gallery (Exhibition Catalogue), “Paint”, Monika Szewczyk and Neil Campbell,       Vancouver Art Gallery publication, Canada

2006 Prague Art future 2006 (Exhibition Catalogue), “Tina B”, Prague, Czech Republic

2006 Canadian Art, “In Review – Etienne Zack, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver”, by Sean Alward, Fall 2006,             p. 139

2006 Modern Painters, “View from Vancouver – Art and Lifestyle in Hollywood North Peripheral Visions”, by Christopher Mooney, July-August 2006, p. 100-101

2006 Galleries West, “Etienne Zack – Junk and the Realm of Ideas”, by Dylan Cree, Fall/Winter 2006, p. 56-59

2006 The Vancouver Sun, “A cheerfully subversive artist”, by Clint Burnham, Saturday, May 20, 2006,    p.12

2006 The Georgia Straight, “Etienne Zack” by Robin Laurence, Vol. 40, No. 2003, May 11-18, p. 55

2005 The Georgia Straight, “Artists Exhibit Fresh Talent”, Fall Arts Season Preview, Visual Arts, by        Robin Laurence, Vol. 39, No. 1969, September 15-22

2005 Canadian Art, “Etienne Zack, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver”, Rewind, Fall 2005, p. 154-155

2005 Border Crossings, “Etienne Zack Image Crusher”, by Lee Henderson, p. 71-79, Issue No. 95

2005 Flash Art, “Etienne Zack”, by Dion Kliner, p. 124, Vol. XXXVIII, No. 243, July-September

2004 Flash Art, “Mixed Paint: Survey of Contemporary Painters”, p. 98, Vol. XXXVII, No. 239,     November/December

2004 East International 2004 (Exhibition Catalogue), by Keith Wallace, Norwich School of Art

2004 Galería Marina Miranda (Exhibition Catalogue), “Overwhelming the Image”, by Eugenio Castro




“Our New Shared Language” Video Tour

3 Minute Video Tour of our April 2020 middle gallery exhibition.  "Our New Shared Language" reflects on our new shared language. Through humour, grace and sensitivity, these artists highlight our current shared human condition.