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Shop – The Pencil Art of Samantha Tzambazis

I’m a 23-year-old artist based in Oshawa Ontario. I work with many mediums but my favourite is a pencil. I’ve been drawings ever since I could pick up a pencil. My favorite things to create are realism drawings or geode resin art.




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Shop – Kristen Stephen Fine Artist

Kristen Stephen Fine Artist

Born in Amherst, New York, and moved to Canada when she was six years old. She spent her teenage years in Niagara-on-the-Lake where she developed her interest in the arts working in her mother’s gallery.

During her time at the gallery she met many Canadian artists and developed an appreciation for a diverse spectrum of techniques and artistic perspectives. ​ After pursuing an Arts and Culture degree at Brock University Kristen moved to Toronto where she attended Ontario College of Art and Design University, majoring in painting. ​

Kristen's artistic focus is abstract painting.

She believes in responding intuitively to the materials she works with to create work that represents what she finds beautiful. Kristen creates art intended to be a reprieve from the darkness and negativity in society, transporting viewers to a place of ease through colour planes of glitter and softness. ​ She lives in Cabbagetown with her two energetic children, and two playful dogs.

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5 Trending Artists of Toronto in May 2020

We are bringing back Trending Artists of Toronto.




Introducing Volume: Our In-House Currency


At CreativeUTO we want to build a vibrant community where artists can collaborate freely. One way to facilitate this is to create our own in-house currency, so that artists can gain compensation when they work on eachothers’ projects or participate in the community. Volume is awarded based on activity. It can be used to trade or barter for goods and services. 

Community members can use the Volume to cash out.

Think of CreativeUTO like a role-playing game, but instead you earn Volume for engaging and being a productive member of the tribe. We design where we want to award Volume and how much it returns. The value of this currency is determined by the amount of money there is to go around. Volume will help artists collaborate on each other’s projects without having to worry about getting paid.

The artist with the most Volume

Volume is still in the alpha phase of development and is being rolled out carefully. In the future we'll incorporate the currency in more public ways. Eventually the ecosystem will include our extended community (our followers) and art stores. For now Volume is awarded based on the artist with the most activity on their CreativeUTO podcast page over the previous 60 days.


Our first recipient is Char G.


Listen to her podast below and make sure to subscribe for daily art




Char G was the 3rd artist I interviewed since launching this project, as a matter of fact, she was the 3rd artist I interviewed that day. I realized by this 3rd interview that I wasn’t going to compile the interviews. That each artist was contributing enough to merit a whole week of shine, like a featured artist. In Char G’s interview we discussed Feminism, body and sexy positivity, street art, and her dog. If she was a Featured Artist in April then she is the Covered Artist now.


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Also trending this month is contemporary artist Nicole Little. 


Nicole is an amazing addition to our podcast. Her episode was over 2 hours, but that didn't stop it from being one of our most popular videos on YouTube in terms of views and retention. Since we published her podcast Nicole has joined CreativeUTO, has helped me host the 2nd Video Exhibit and we’ve continued to evolve the concept. 

Stay tuned to see what we have in store. 

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The 1st podcast interview we published featured Kamil Swiatek. 


We discussed spirituality and art, a conversation that has reverberated through the other interviews with artists building on it.  In Kamil’s interview he answers questions about his incubator. We discussed bullying and how he escaped it through spirituality, as well as the value of getting into the flow state. 

Great interview Kamil

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SofiL’s podcast was published Tuesday (May 26th). 


Her video had the fastest launch for all podcasts on our YouTube channel. All artists' videos get shared to 100s of Facebook groups and it takes about 1 day to publish in about 30 groups. SofiL’s sample video got to 1,000 views within 2 days, whereas most ads got there by the 3rd or 4th day. This is a testament to the community growing, each artist paving the way for others to succeed faster, making it easier to earn exposure and, by extension, currency. 

In Sofil’s case, her interview also highlighted other acrylic artists who have been featured on CreativeUTO’s marketplace.

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The Universe articulates itself featuring The Art Hippo himself, Navneet. 


The Universe articulates itself! I believe the 1st time I mentioned this, or alluded to it, was in Kamil Swiatek's interview, however it became the main theme with Navneet because it encapsulates his artistic style. Like all the interviews, I had a great time with Navneet. It sounds cliche, but I understand when a parent can’t choose a favorite child. I don't have a favorite interview because they all contributed to the community in their own way. 



Shop – Toronto Based Artist The Art Hippo


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I hope you enjoy them as much as I had fun making them.


Shop – Toronto Based Artist The Art Hippo

Toronto Based Artist The Art Hippo

The Art Hippo (Navneet Nishant) is a self-taught, Toronto based artist. His art style is abstraction through patterns, repetition, and bright colors. His artworks fueled by self-discovery, are heavily influenced by the theory of meaning, the theory of knowledge, and existentialism.

His Art career started in India, where he lived in a small town. There is an inherent oriental understanding of self exhibited in his early works either through subject matter or through the colors.

He moved to Canada in 2015, accruing a massive change of social, professional, economic, and individual contexts in his life. Moving from a small town to a big city, starting out again as a student just months after getting married, gaining a deeper understanding of the human psyche, changing his career to a transformation consultant, all of these have affected his art in a way where the philosophy of mind and its proverbial abstraction with daily life is a visible vocal theme in his recent works. Breaking down of mental constructs to create an abstraction, his art makes one question 'the meaning' in its own way, helping people find a deeper connection with themselves and in finding meaning in life

His works have been exhibited in India as well as in Canada and at this stage of his career, his ambition is to help more people pursue and find meaning in their lives through his works and establish an international presence.


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Toronto Artists Merchandising Strategy 2020

Toronto Artists Merchandising Strategy 2020

All the art featured in our exhibit and podcasts will be on sale in our store
  • I will sell the original artwork (we take 40%)
CUTO branded merchandise
  • 24 Page Photobook $60 
  • Premium T-Shirts at $40 
  • Poster 22 x 48 at $50
  • Art Coasters $20
  • Postcards 6 by 9 at $20 
I will release a page that serves as the shop
Use your time to promote what you're selling
  • I need high-resolution pictures of the work you're selling
  • Most modern phones can shoot photos in 4k
  • YouTube up a tutorial for the best possible shots on your device
  • I'll be in early to test the setup (I will have 3 devices in the room to do different things)
  • You make money from your individual sales 
  • but for the Photobook its a collective 60%

Shop – Self Portraits of Contemporary Artist Nicole Little

I am an Armenian artist, based in Toronto, Canada.

My work has strong drawing components and centres on themes of finding value in discarded objects and people.

Art slows down time. It swallows boredom and anxiety. Ideas materialize and become compositions. They follow clear and beautiful rules, some written and some known only by instinct.

Art is an access pass to who I am. When I create, I become fully alert. I can focus.

So, it turns out I have a lot of ADHD.

(Perhaps you don’t believe in ADHD and that’s okay. But fortunately for me, neuroscientists do believe in ADHD and they have the brainpower and the brainwaves to prove it.)

My art is dope – it literally gives me a hit of dopamine. When I am creating, my impulsivity is satiated and my ideas run smooth and clear. Challenges, especially visual challenges, activate my ability to concentrate.

Perhaps because I have ADHD, I have not intentionally curated one signature style. Instead, I have followed my interests and developed a variety of artistic modes.

The oldest and most deeply ingrained of these modes is drawing. Even before I learned to draw from life, I have always loved following a line of ink in a doodle as it materialized on the page.

When I was a little girl at an art show, my mother pointed to a painting and whispered a secret in my ear: the artist wasn’t very good. He had put the hands behind his subject’s back so he wouldn’t have to draw them. Whether this was true or not, I later spent a year exclusively drawing hands before I felt up to the challenge of drawing a face.

After that, I drew my family but mostly my grandmother. We lived with her until she had a fall and lost her eye and couldn’t live at home anymore. Drawing her made visiting her easier. I have always struggled to sit still unless I am drawing. It was good to connect with her as an artist. It feels right that, as an Armenian artist, my Armenian grandmother was my first real muse. She was 105 in her last year. I think of her every time I find a older subject, particularly whenever I see the way skin falls over the bones of an elderly hand.

And now, I draw everyone whenever I can. I draw seas of faces and detailed studies. I sketch them. I connect to them. I will never turn down an opportunity to draw a portrait.

I am a mixed media artist. I gravitate toward using discarded materials as the basis for my works. I was in a violent relationship. One evening, my partner ripped up my sketchbook, including a portrait of our infant son. This was a turning point in the relationship and in my artwork. I ran with my son. And I began drawing on lotto tickets and subway maps.

I infuse meaning and beauty back into discarded things and it heals me.

For the last five years, I have worked as a creative for a tech company. I was surprised that my passion translated to that sphere. I made logos and packaging and video commercials. I loved the challenge of the job. I discovered that I like working in a team and that I enjoy leadership. Visual challenges engage me. They connect me to my productivity and give me a sense of value. I am proud of my work in this time period, although I am refocusing on my studio work.

If you have a visual challenge that you would like my help solving, please contact me.

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Shop – Multi-Disciplinary Toronto Artist Kamil Swiatek

Artist Biography

Kamil Swiatek is a multi-disciplinary artist from Toronto, Ontario. Swiatek explores the theme of identity through the subconscious mind as an internal landscape. Painting, digital and film photography, drawing, sculpting, writing short stories and film help him understand and examine the inner workings of the subconscious. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts with a minor in photography from OCAD University in 2018.

Artist Statement

I explore the spontaneity, movement, and transcendence of a state of flow, capturing the subconscious, and the moment it engulfs. This mode of being in the now involves a high degree of attention to reach. As the sensory processes are heightened and intensified, I’m absorbed into a meditative state. A tranquil stillness emerges and I’m able to delve below the surface of awareness, into an uncharted environment.

Working intuitively, I embrace a certain loss of control as the sensation of time and space dissolve; an escape of rational control into the subconscious. This metamorphosis into the depths of identity is communicated visually through mark-making, textures, and colors. Using a combination of thick and thin applications of paint to build up layers, tension is formed in the composition. These sets of layers conceal and explore what we see and what we don’t see; not just on the surface, but of our own landscape of identity.

Kamil Swiatek is a multi-disciplinary artist from Toronto, Ontario.

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#TOArtGiftIdeas – We Sell Your Art on our Merchandise. You Profit Share

We Sell Your Art on our Merchandise. You Profit Share

Toronto Art Gift Ideas is an on-going marketing campaign designed to sell art. It is designed to bring awareness to Toronto artists who participate in our exhibits by selling their artwork through CUTO branded merchandise, including photo books, postcards, high-resolution posters, and t-shirts. 





Art Gift Ideas

Merchandise will be sold directly on our website, where patrons can order art through artists’ individual stores or become unicorns through our Patreon account. Unicorns get a box, or any one of the included items, such as postcards, t-shirts, and/or the monthly photobook

Click here to register


How it Works?

  1. Register through the form below
  2. When you submit your art you will get an E-mail verification code
  3. You'll get an invite to an account on Slack
  4. Set up a shop on WordPress
  5. You'll be able to use your account for future events
  6. We notify you of your sales
  7. We payout every month through Paypal


Selection process

  • We will work with a select few artists
  • We will push to publish every art submitted on IG
  • Part of our selection process is based on likes


Royalties for Artists

Once artists supply their art and their interview, we begin working on including them in our next volume. We then schedule their work accordingly for the next iteration of CUTO Art Box. The goal is to keep these boxes as varied as possible in order to maintain the element of surprise for our patrons.


Profit Share Payout

  • 30% : CreativeUTO and Contractors
  • 60% : Artists for Group of Products or Individual Pieces
  • 10% : Strategic Partners




Kaasy - Keywords targeted on Instagram

We will use the research and development from The Annex Art Party 6, and package it into a function called Keyword Adaptive Advertising System (KAASy). This will be used to target keywords on Facebook and Instagram for advertising and canvass anyone who posts these hashtags to build awareness. We will also present options at the end of each video we publish, as well as our blogs on the CreativeUTO.ca website



300 Unicorns - Potluck Meetup

A two-hour event where we share our food and culture, what it means to be creative entrepreneurs, and collaborate on each other's project outlines through a design and thinking process. Artists are welcome and encouraged to participate in our business development programs, such as our Potluck Meetup, which is broadcasted on our podcast. Our Meetup is every Sunday from 3:00pm to 7:00pm and it will be broadcasted live in the TOArtGifIdeas platform.


Develop Influencers

We will use the Meetup to help artists create a project outline to determine their direction, sales strategy, and social media strategy. 

  • All artists who participated in The Annex Art Party are pre-registered
  • Notify us to assign your account
  • Upload your art directly to the website
  • Set up your online store
  • Manage your store on your own time without restrictions
  • Access to 24/7 chat support on Slack



The purpose of this podcast is to help Unicorns develop their projects and raise funding for CUTO Marketplace: a five-day expo that brings together investors, industry professionals, influencers, vendors, artists, coders, and performers to purchase art, workshops, services, and exchange skills and information.

Beyond the Veil by Betty Desiree at the Freedom Factory

Beyond the Veil by Désiré Betty at the Freedom Factory. Thursday Sept 26th

Beyond the Veil by Betty Desiree at the Freedom Factory

Artist Désiré Betty has long explored the spiritual serenity that manifests itself through her artistic expression she calls ‘Perpetual Freedom Art’. Her passion for the arts, led her to pursue a career in Architecture; broadening her quest for constant creativity from the canvas to the built environment. Although content in her profession, there is nothing more fulfilling than creating art. In 2009, she vowed to complement her architecturally based career with her artistic pursuits in the art world. Désiré has since exhibited in several solo and group art shows, completed murals in the Greater Toronto Area, appeared in publications and sold pieces to art enthusiasts around the world. Her compositions are focused mainly on figurative and portraiture art with complimentary abstract pieces. Désiré explores the use of various mediums, such as acrylic ink, watercolor and mixed media. Her work transcends borders, as there is an elegant juxtaposition between rigidity and fluidity. With her Architectural background, she has a knack for extremely fine detail, varying line weights and precision, all while maintaining a dreamlike state of fluidity in the brush strokes; melding shapes and colours.


Beyond the Veil

A thin veil exists between the dimensions of this consciousness, in which the departed and the living share the dichotomy of space in spirit, although fundamentally unperceived. Loss is traumatic in every sense of the word, but it is inevitably experienced by everyone in this lifetime. By accepting that spirits can never die or be tarnished, there is a sense of comfort in knowing that your loss is never truly lost. In actuality, we are but souls living a human experience, as souls are eternal and our bodies are mere vessels. Duality is constant and ever-present, captured in the aphorism: as above, so below. Everything is based on dualism, from the sun and the moon, female and male, good and evil as well as day and night, to name a few. We are susceptible to the spirit world, as our souls, new or old, have the ability to tap into their originating realm and reacquaint themselves with it upon completion of this life’s cycle.

It is important to appreciate the cosmic evolution of ourselves within this vast universe, with so many unanswered questions that only time can tell, for time has its own time. Art is everywhere; life is an art to be manifested or vanish into the void. It is on the hills of manifestation that I stand to create my art, alongside the creativity derived from a space beyond consciousness. This collection emphasizes the duality of form, its ubiquitous spirits and our avoidance of the consciously unknown world beyond the veil.


Beyond The Veil Solo Art Show

  • Show runs from September 26-October 2, 2019
  • Opening Reception: Thursday, September 26, 2019 from 7pm-11pm
  • No cover, complimentary hor d'oueuvres and cash bar

View Desiree Betty's art in CUTO Marketplace



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