“Polite.. Cooperative. An eccentric artist.” – Cst. V. Napoleon #000122003, RCMP Investigation.


ADORNATO (1977 – not dead yet) is a first generation Italian-Canadian multidisciplinary artist based in Ottawa, Canada. His subversive and provocative art practice often consists of dystopian subjects with a satirical or irreverent twist. Contentious social issues, climate change, fake news, and Capitalism-gone-wrong are regular motifs in his paintings, performances, videos, and playful creative outbursts.

Career highlights to date include solo exhibitions at the Diefenbunker Museum (2018), The Ottawa Art Gallery Annexe (2016), group exhibitions at the Bank of Canada’s Currency Museum (2007), the Canadian War Museum (2006), and the Shenkman Arts Centre (2023). His work resides in the permanent art collections of the City of Ottawa, the Diefenbunker Museum, the Ottawa Archives, as well as countless private collections across Canada, Italy, China, and Spain. Adornato has also received grants and awards including the Artist Production grant from the City of Ottawa in 2018 for his neo-medieval series, Dystopia Rising.

In 2014, he drew international attention when he submitted a painting of the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) set ablaze by their disgruntled mascot, to the prestigious RBC Canadian Painting competition. Click here to see the RBC paintings, and news coverage. RBC has since cancelled the banal painting competition and retired their mascot.

In 2015, Adornato made an ATIP (Access to Information and Privacy) request to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and discovered a 7-page, mostly redacted police investigation (view here) into his performance art project, #MYPROTEST. It concluded that Adornato “is an eccentric artist” and that his artwork and performances were not a crime.

For more information or pricelists, contact : marcadornato@gmail.com
Representation:  The Ottawa Art Gallery Annexe, or message him directly.


NSCAD University, Bachelor of Fine Art degree, Major in Media Arts, Halifax, NS, Canada. 2001

The Ottawa Art Gallery Annexe Gallery, 50 Mackenzie King Bridge, Ottawa
The Urban Art Collective UAC website, 1088 Somerset St W, Hintonburg, Ottawa.
Contact Adornato directly – marcadornato@gmail.com

The Diefenbunker Museum, Ottawa
The City of Ottawa Art Collection, Ottawa
The City of Ottawa Archives, Ottawa
Private Collections in Canada, United States, Italy, China, Spain, Poland.

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2022    None of The Above Party, performance art started in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 2000, and continue in Ottawa in 2020 and 2022.
2020    Dystopia Rising, a COVID Christmas lockdown studio exhibition. See the exhibit and artist talk here.
2018    Ruined Landscapes, The Diefenbunker Museum, Carp, Ontario
2016    I’ve Got Some Bad News, Ottawa Art Gallery, Art Rental and Sales Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario
2016    Ruined Landscapes, OZ Kafe, Ottawa, Ontario
2015    Arbie Goes Rogue, Railbender Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario
2014    We’re So Screwed, The Manx, Ottawa, Ontario
2013    WOOD, Grey Area Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario
2013    Hunting Dissent, Umi Cafe, Ottawa, Ontario
2012    I Have Much To Report, The Hintonburg Public House | Shanghai | The Daily Grind, Ottawa, Ontario

Selected Group Exhibitions
2024    The Marks We Make, Ottawa Art Gallery Annexe (w/ Norman Takeuchi, Kenneth Lochhead, etc), Ottawa Ontario
2023    Ottawa Icons, Shenkman Art Center (w/ Adrian Gor, Bill Staubi, etc), Ottawa Ontario
2022    Religious Art, St. Anthony of Padua Church (w/ Adrian Gor, Gerald Trottier, Bill Staubi, etc), Ottawa, Ontario
2022    Art & Parcel, Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario
2021    OAG Virtual Art Auction, Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario
2020    OAG Virtual Art Auction, Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario
2020    COVID-19 Art Auction fundraiser, Ottawa School of Art, Ottawa, Ontario
2019    Le After Party, Annexe Gallery, Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario
2019    Ottawa Riverkeeper Gala, Ottawa Riverkeeper, Ottawa, Ontario
2018    LUCK, Ottawa Arts Council, Ottawa, Ontario
2016    City of Ottawa Direct Purchase exhibition, City Hall, Ottawa, Ontario
2016    LUCK, Ottawa Arts Council, Ottawa, Ontario
2015    Exploring the Intersection of Art and Progress, Marc Adornato/Jonathan Hobin, The Broadbent Institute Progress Summit, Ottawa, Ontario
2013    UFOs over Ottawa, Nuit Blanche Ottawa, Grey Area Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario
2013    Create this Revolution, Gallery 101, Ottawa, Ontario
2012    Colin Campbell, I’m Yours, Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario
2012    Human Zoo, La Petite Mort Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario
2012    Candela, The Cube Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario (People’s Choice Award)
2011    Timeraiser, National Art Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario
2007   Sacred Money, Damned Money, The Currency Museum, Bank of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario
2006  Weapons of Mass Dissemination: The Propaganda of War, Canadian War Museum, Ottawa, Ontario
2003   Art vs. War, Gallery 101, Ottawa, Ontario

Selected Artist Talks
2020    Dystopia Rising exhibition artist talk on YOUTUBE. Watch it here.
2015    ArtPreneur conference talk, Innovative Artists, Harold Shenkman Hall, Shenkman Arts Centre
2015    Pecha Kucha talk, Ottawa Chapter, Aberdeen Pavilion, Lansdowne Park, Ottawa
2015    Shoufen Talks, Jackpine, Ottawa, ON, Canada.
2015    The Technology Of Protest Past and Present: #MYPROTEST, Department of History, Carleton University, Ottawa
2014    Featured Guest Artist Talk, w/ Natasha Mazurka Art class, Algonquin College, Ottawa, Ontario
2013    Create This Revolution, Gallery 101, Ottawa, Ontario
2012    Pecha Kucha talk, Vol.6, A decade of making art, Shopify Lounge, Ottawa, Ontario
2006    Featured Guest Artist Talk, Ottawa School of Art, Ottawa ON, Canada
2004    Un-censoring: MediaMorphosis conference, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario

News, Interviews, Radio, and Television bibliography:
2022   City of Ottawa Archives takes in 4 artworks and numerous photos about COVID-19 including HERO, a poster of Zexi Li.
2020   CBC radio / Radio Canada TV, COVID-19 Mural on Chateau Lafayette in Ottawa’s Byward Market, Ottawa, link to CBC.
2020   Ben Caplan’s O Holy Night cover art collaboration for with Jamie Kronick.
2019    CBC Arts, Why Marc Adornato is painting ruined landscapes and mass shootings
2018    Ottawa Now with Evan Solomon, CFRA 580 radio, Ottawa, Ontario
2018    Ottawa Citizen, Ottawa artist’s disaster ‘hacks’ of older paintings at Diefenbunker, Peter Hum, April. 4
2017    The Secret Lives of Public Servants, featured artist, A Canada 150 Webseries, Youtube Oct. 23
2017    All In A Day – my thoughts on LA MACHINE,hosted by Alan Neal, CBC Radio 1, Ottawa, Ontario
2017    CBC News, Ottawa artist Marc Adornato sees flattery in imitation, Mario Carlucci, Jan 18.
2016    CBC News, ‘Bad news’ exhibit remakes the familiar into the political, Mario Carlucci, June 23.
2016    APT 613, Marc Adornato has some bad news for you by Brenda Dunn, June 21.
2015    All In A Day – interview about #MYPROTEST art project hosted by Alan Neal, CBC Radio 1, Ottawa, Ontario
2015    As It Happens – Arbie Goes Rogue: RBC Painting Competition with Carol Off & Jeff Douglas, CBC Radio 1, National Radio,Canada
2015    CBC News, Ottawa artist’s Christmas Eve installation turns into ‘online scavenger hunt, Dec 26.
2014    Regional Contact, featured artist, hosted by Joel Haslam, CTV Television, Ottawa, Ontario
2014    Huffington Post, RBC Branch On Fire Painting Likely Won’t Win RBC Contest, Oct 7.
2014    ArtNet News, A Bank’s Painting Prize Gets an Incendiary Response, Ben Davis, Oct 4.
2014    The Ottawa Citizen, The Calgary Herald,One artist’s fiery protest against a bank and its annual painting prize, Peter Simpson, October 2.
2014    The Ottawa Citizen, A Penchant for the Past, Jessica Rose, D8.
2014    Guerilla Magazine, Martyrs and Messiahs, Tony Martins, Vol.10, Issue 39, pg. 3
2014    LoveOttawa.com, the historical and inspirational aesthetic of old Ottawa, D.Brown.
2013    The Ottawa Citizen, 10 to see at Nuit Blanche, Peter Simpson, D7-D10
2013    The Ottawa Citizen, There is really no limit, Drake Fenton, pg C3
2013    Herd Magazine, Artist feature, The Beaten Track, Claudia Gutierrez, pg12-15
2013    Click Here interview, hosted by Mitchel Caplan, CHUO 89.1FM radio, Ottawa, Ontario
2013    Ottawa Magazine, Dialing Back, Fateema Sayani, pg 33
2012    The Artisan artist feature hosted by Sterling Lynch, Rogers Television, Ottawa, Ontario
2012    All In A Day artist interview hosted by Alan Neal, CBC Radio 1, Ottawa, Ontario
2011    Zouch Magazine Marc Adornato: An Artist Repurposed in Canada, Meghan Clarkston.
2011    APT613.ca,The Art of Volunteering, Francois Levesque.
2009    Ottawa Magazine, Take The Cash, Fateema Sayani, pg 21
2009    All In A Day artist interview hosted by Alan Neal, CBC Radio 1, Ottawa, Ontario
2008    Ottawa: The Unknown City, Expensive Art, Rob McLennan, pg 28
2007    Talk Ottawa artist interview hosted by James Hendricks, Rogers Television, Ottawa, Ontario
2006    Arts Review about Cube Gallery exhibit, hosted by Alvina Ruprecht, CBC Radio 1, Ottawa, Ontario
2006    The Ottawa Citizen, War seen through young artists eyes, War museum exhibit, Peter Simpson, D4
2005    VOIR Magazine, La guerre et l’art, Line Dezainde, pg 12
2005    Daytime Artist Interview, hosted by Derick Fage, Rogers Television, Ottawa, Ontario

Art related grants, awards, and accolades:
2022    City of Ottawa Archives takes in 4 artworks and numerous photos about COVID-19 pandemic including HERO, a poster of Zexi Li.
2023    Juror for Ottawa School of Art exhibition planning 2024-2025.
2019    Loon Choir Album Cover art, National Arts Centre album release party, April 26.
2019    Juror for City of Ottawa public art commission, Rosemount Library, Hintonburg.
2018    Art Grant, City of Ottawa Creation and Production Fund for Professional Artists – funding the painting series ‘Dystopia Rising’
2017    Juror for City of Ottawa Creation and Production Fund
2012    People’s Choice award for Cube Gallery’s Candela exhibition.

Artist Residencies:
2022   Artist residency at Maker Space North with a focus on street art, 250 City Centre Ave Bay 216, Ottawa
2013 – Present:    Resident artist at UNION 613 , 315 Somerset St W, Ottawa