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Misha Masek receives an honorable mention in 3 categories at the International Photographer of the Year awards. 

The International Photographer of the Year Awards showcases the best in contemporary photography and was created by Hossein Farmani, as part of the mission of the Lucie Foundation. They were initially presented in December 2003 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, California, at the Lucie Awards gala produced by Golden Globe nominee, Michelle Burstin.


CAPTURE[D] 2017 raised around $13,000 to fund Artbound, the foundation that supports charities through the arts. More than 300 people who came to the Waterworks building on April 28th were able to meet Fatah and three other photographers —Misha Masek, Mark Brodkin, and Peter Cordy — and to purchase the 50 featured pieces. Fatah said that 19 photographs were sold and that all proceeds will be donated to building a school in Haiti.  For the full article, please visit

The annual CAPTURED photography exhibit will take place April 28th - 30th. This year the exhibit will feature the works of Zark Fatah and 3 other talented photographers; Misha Masek, Mark Brodkin and Peter Cordy. Together they will showcase a selection of their photos to create greater awareness for Artbound and raise funds for Creative Deeds. The exhibit will take place at the unique Waterworks event space located in downtown Toronto. The beautiful, vibrant photography will be presented within a pop up gallery space created in the centre of the 20,000 square foot venue. The opening night will host an expected 800+ guests for a cocktail party focused around the artists work. The VIP invited guests will include; media, bloggers, lifestyle influencers, art lovers and creative professionals between the ages of 25 - 45 The exhibit will be open to the public Saturday April 29th and Sunday April 30th. The artists will be showcasing 40 photos in total which will be available for purchase at the event with all proceeds being donated to fund future charitable initiatives by Artbound and Creative Deeds.

 Article about WATERWORKS in Globe & Mail 

Map to Venue

Artbound is a foundation that partners with charities to fundraise for art-inspired programs all over the world. We believe in the power of the arts to empower those in need, providing them with the tools to reach their full potential. Artbound leverages the power of art and creativity to connect and empower the world’s less fortunate. We have a vision that art can act as an agent for social change and it can help to empower and have a positive impact for those who need it the most. Our goal is to support the arts and inspire people to use their creativity to fundraise for or charity partners. Since the inception, the Artbound committee has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund and support initiatives with Free The Children's where we funded and helped build a school in the Masai Mara, Kenya in 2011, in Aravalli, India in 2014 and most recently with Waves of Hope in Nicaragua. Artbound is currently preparing for our next initiative which will take place in Haiti in Fall 2017. In addition to these charitable initiatives, Artbound launched a crowd funding platform called Creative Deeds to raise funds for art-focused projects in Canada and all over the world. Creative Deeds are campaigns anyone can start to raise money for a selected charity program (currently 4 of them). Campaigners choose what they want to do, start a campaign and we help you raise awareness. 100% of the money raised through Creative Deed campaigns is directly transferred to the selected charity. Our charity partners are strongly vetted as being strong impactful leaders in the field, and Creative Deeds will go a long way to achieve their fundraising goals. To learn more about Artbound and Creative Deeds please visit

SUMATRA: Conservation is our Future

Misha, in collaboration with the team at Photographers Without Borders, hopes to engage the Toronto community with the critically endangered Orangutan, with proceeds directly supporting the Sumatran Wildlife Sanctuary.  This exhibition will be on display at BOEHMER on Ossington during the 2017 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. For more information please visit

CONTACT is the largest photography event in the world, and a premiere cultural experience in Canada, with over 1500 artists in 200 exhibitions and happenings throughout the month in the Greater Toronto Area. Founded in 1997, CONTACT is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to celebrating and fostering the art and profession of photography.

Join me at EMERGENCE, an exhibition showcasing some of Canada's most distinguished photographers at the Dylan Ellis Gallery on Friday December 9, 2016. The artists will be competing for a spot in a two week show at L’espace Contemporain in April 2017. A best in show prize will be provided by Henrys and chosen by the public. For more information please visit the EMERGENCE SPOTLIGHT

Where do you want your work to go next?

I would be thrilled to follow in the footsteps of Steve Mc Curry, one of the most iconic voices in contemporary photography, by having an exhibition at la Galerie Got Montréal. For my next series, I would like to shoot the sacred Kumbh Mela. This is quite simply one of the greatest human gatherings in the world with over 100 million people expected to attend the pilgrimage to Allahabad. The Hindu Kumbh Mela, commemorates the victory of gods over demons in a mass bathing ritual. Millions of devotees plunge into the Ganges to wash away their sins and bring salvation.


I was incredibly proud to be included as a Wild Card in the Live Auction at the Savoy Hotel Gala Dinner. I was auctioned alongside art legends that can be found in the private collections of Rihanna, Elton John, Kelly Osbourne, Alexander McQueen and the Amy Winehouse foundation. Save Wild Tigers has developed into a non-profit organization that has raised awareness and funds for SWT and other conservation partners such as The Born Free Foundation, Environmental Investigation Agency and Wildlife Conservation Society. SWT has generated over $4,000,000 CAD in media exposure and donated hundreds of thousands to conservation partners. The SLTP brings together a unique network of Indian NGOs, working across 7 tiger reserves to protect the 2200 remaining Bengal Tigers in the wild.

@savewildtigers #‎tigerinspired #‎bornfree

"Be Inspired" International Press

Great to be in art critic Tabish Khan's Top 5 Art Exhibitions to see in London this week | FAD Magazine. The "Be Inspired" @savewildtigers exhibition @hotelcaferoyal curated by celebrated British artist Christian Furr. 

FAD Magazine full article

Save Wild Tigers brings people with an appreciation for art and a love for animals together in exhibition ‘Be Inspired’. As this promising title states, the prestigious Hotel Café Royal is lavishly filled with inspiring artwork, highlighting the beauty of the wild tiger and raising money to give them a better habitat. Painting legend Christian Furr is selected as curator for the event.

Internationally known artists Misha Masek, Rose Corcoran, Dan Baldwin, Otto Schade, Daisuke Sakaguchi, Shauna Richardson,John Gledhill, Julia Wager, Claire Milner, Jacky Tsai, Pandemonia and Lauren Baker used their creative talent to contribute by interpreting and incorporating the wild tiger in their work. The results are astonishing and might just be the most exciting way to create consciousness around the distinction of this beautiful creature.

Rooms magazine full article

Mayfair magazine full article (pg 99)

My fine art metal print, titled Kumbha, is now on display at the Club @hotelcaferoyal BID ONLINE NOW @paddle8 #‎tigerinspired

International conservation initiative Save Wild Tigers presents 'Be Inspired', an exciting auction of tiger inspired artworks by international artists. Each piece is intended to raise awareness and much needed funds for the plight of the wild tiger. With fewer than 3,200 tigers remaining in the wild, this magnificent species could be extinct in a decade. Let this unforgettable visual celebration of the wild tiger be an inspiration to you.


This stylised picture of a wild Bengal tiger was captured at Ranthambore National Park in India. This was a very unusual sighting of the tiger, named Kumbha, during a morning hunt in the Balas Jamoda region. This fine art metal print is from a 3 part series titled, "A Displaced Pendulum & Cultural Views on Equilibrium.” Part one of this series explores Nature, Conservation and Sustainability.


Misha Masek is an internationally recognised award-winning photographer with numerous sold out exhibitions in Canada, Europe and Asia. Her "Idea of Nature" photography series was voted the Must See exhibition at the Scotiabank Photography Festival in Toronto, as well as being featured in several magazines in Malaysia. She has been experimenting with fine art metal prints for 9 years and is in the forefront of this innovative technology. Her infused metal prints have a brilliant luminescence and an industrial chic appeal. Misha is an avid traveller, adventurous risk-taker, naturalistic observer, wildlife enthusiast and passionate artist.

The Guilty Secrets of Palm Oil

This is one of the last photographs I took in SE Asia during a photo expedition to Borneo. This baby Orangutan was photographed in the Sepilok jungle and was the inspiration behind my adoption of orphaned 1 year old Bidu-Bidu. I investigated the Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre in Sabah and would urge you to donate to the Orangutan Appeal UK program.

You can adopt a baby orangutan for as little as $60 CAD. This could make a unique Christmas gift, in a society saturated with material possessions. Indonesia and Malaysia, which is home to these majestic Orangutans, produce 90% of the world’s palm oil. Forest fires that are started by plantation companies to clear land, burn large areas of virgin forest that were formed over thousands of years. This permanently destroys habitat for Orangutans. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the Bornean Orangutan is now officially Endangered and the Sumatran Orangutan is critically Endangered. It would be devastating for a species with 96% human DNA to become extinct. Please donate @ @orangappealuk OR

Click on the links below for more on The Guilty Secrets of Palm Oil and this crime against humanity

Indonesia's forest fires threaten a third of the world's wild orangutan

Indonesia's fires labelled a 'crime against humanity' as 500,000 suffer

American Heart Association: Saving Children's Lives in India

I had the wonderfully challenging task of shooting for the American Heart Association in the Mumbai slums, backwater villages of Kottayam and overcrowded pediatric wards of India's epicenter. I am pleased that the images selected portrayed hope not despair. Please take a moment to look at the fundraising campaign for American Heart Association and help Save Children's Lives.

Photographer Misha Masek. A Talented Eye, A Giving Heart.

Artist Feature in the Sept 2014 issue of The Expat Magazine. To read the full article please visit page 58 & 59 of The Expat.


Sold out solo exhibition

Thursday, February 28, 6 - 9 pm

The Peach Gallery 722 College St, Toronto


IDEA OF NATURE Featuring a new collection by Misha Masek


Wednesday, May 18, 6 - 9 pm

Arta Gallery 55 Mill St, Suite 102, Bldg 9 Distillery District, Toronto

CONTACT Photography Festival is an annual festival of photography in Toronto, during the month of May, with over 1000 local, national and international artists exhibiting at more than 200 venues. It stimulates excitement and discussion among a diverse audience that has grown to over 1.5 million. CONTACT is the largest photography event in the world, and a premiere cultural event in Canada.


LCBO’s largest-ever whisky promotion, Whisky in Focus, was also LCBO’s most integrated, multi-media campaign including a photography competition that received more than 20,000 online entries during a two-week period. Misha Masek of Toronto won the first place photography prize pack worth approximately $2,600. Her winning photo “Bean Smile,” featuring a blind horse from Caledon, Ontario, will be published as a newspaper advertisement in Toronto’s Metro News on December 14 and the Toronto Star on December 15. Masek’s photo was voted one of the top 10 photos by the public, who voted online nearly 6,000 times. A judging panel of professional photographers and marketing experts then selected it as the final winning photo.


June 4 & 5 2011, 11 AM - 6 PM

Using aluminum as an artistic platform and drawing inspiration from rebellious art pioneers, Misha creates oil paint and mixed media collages that are literally scratched hybrids of photo and paint. Derived from the Italian “sgraffio” meaning “scratch,” graffiti has been used as a tool for socio-political awareness. Historically, our world possesses a wealth of examples including that of World War II propaganda and obscenities found on Pompeii excavations. It is through this series of noh-tawr-ee-uhs that Misha has created a neo-graffiti style, incorporating statements from the last several decades of popular culture. These declarations engage the viewer and invoke interest in the kinship between the subject and that which defines the artist. Each embodied pioneer defines a variety of moments in Misha’s journey, whether resilient, tragic or triumphant. Varying layers of deviation are explored, along with the conclusion that progress can not be obtained without struggle. This unique collection, offers a glimpse into Misha’s process of self-discovery and indeed brings the viewer face-to-face with the artist.

A CIRCLE OF WOMEN Featured exhibition

Steam Whistle Gallery: Toronto, ON, October 29, 2009)

Bringing painters Misha Masek and Jane Roos together for the exhibition “A Circle of Women,” the Steam Whistle Gallery will showcase women from different corners of the globe and explore the roles they play in their community. Tenacity, compassion, ambition and grace are words that frame this exhibition. Opening night gala to be held in Steam Whistle’s gallery space on Wednesday November 4th from 6-10pm


Barcelona, Spain, August 9, 2009

While the colloquial definition of “destinations” implies location, .:ART NIGHTS BCN:. is proud to present a more holistic idea on this concept. Through photographs, paintings, montage, and drawings, the artists have captured the moods, essences and tones of their worlds. Using vastly different styles and mediums, this group of artists has created a truly enchanting collective account of our world. Exhibiting both spaces that come from within the minds of our artists, and the creative environments in which they produce their works, we are honored and excited to present “Destinations.”

"We came, we saw, there were too many Fucking People." An enormous “Thank You” to everyone for coming out to the opening of our "Destinations" exhibition. We understand that there were too many people to sufficiently view all of the works, also, to answer everyone's questions. We'd like to invite all interested collectors to a private event, 20 August, 7 - 10 pm. This is a closed-door event, and you must reserve your space. This event will provide an opportunity to view additional pieces, speak with many of the artists and the gallery directors about the featured work.Again, please be sure to confirm your attendance to ensure entrance.


Barcelona, Spain, 3 - 9 August, 2009

Misha Masek was a featured live painting artist this year at BSW, in collaboration with This week long festival featured some of the best DJs in the World; Tiesto, David Guetta, Armin Van Buuren, Erick Morillo and the list goes on. Attendees were expected to exceed 50,000 over 7 days.

.:ART NIGHTS BCN:. is proud to present Action Art!

Featuring Karen Klink and Misha Masek, followed by an invited aperitivo at Hotel Casanova.Karen and Misha will be working in our space every day. Except Sunday.

On Sunday we'll be at the beach!


Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 29 January, 2009

On Friday 13th February, 12 European countries will be holding simultaneous Volcom Girl Anti-Valentine Parties. France, UK, Spain, Portugal, Finland, The Netherlands, Greece, Romania, Ukraine, and Poland will each be hosting a black and red Anti Valentine themed night. Volcom Girl Anti-Valentine Party Spain, featured work by Canadian artist Misha Masek. The event was a success with record attendance and surprise appearances by industry pros.

GRACIA ARTS PROJECT Introduces Misha Masek, in this Christmas collective

Barcelona, Spain, December 07, 2008

Misha has photographed in all styles, but is most passionate about photojournalism, travel and fine art photography. She spends the remainder of her time exploring Barcelona at street level and allowing herself to be consumed by the many layers of the eccentric Barcelona scene. Misha now makes Spain her home as she feels Barcelona oozes with talent, respects rebellion and inspires those seeking divine influence. These two pieces are the first of a series focusing on her exploration of Barcelona at Street Level. The heartbeat of a city. A city which embraces resistance or defiance of any authority, control or tradition. A conundrum of rebellious minds unified by belief in freedom of expression.

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