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David Hoffos | Prairies & The North

Born 1966, Montreal, Québec
Lives and works in Lethbridge, Alberta
Runner-up Sobey Art Award 2002

According to David Hoffos, at age 11 he played in a 63-piece ukulele band and produced his first stop-motion film, LEGO vs. Plasticine. That same year Hoffos was the perfect age for Star Wars. Around the time punk rock was hitting the suburbs his family moved to Sydney, Australia, where Hoffos failed high school in 1983.

In 1994, Hoffos received a BFA with great distinction from the University of Lethbridge. Since 1992 his installation work has been shown in over 20 solo exhibitions, including Catastrophe, 1998 (Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Calgary; Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona; Or Gallery, Vancouver, BC; and Blackwood Gallery, Mississauga, ON) and Another City, 1999-2002 (Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge; Trépanier Baer, Calgary, AB; Joao Graça, Lisbon; The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; and Museé des beaux-arts, Montréal). His single-channel work has been shown in festivals in over 20 countries, and he recently represented Canada at the 48th Oberhausen Short Film Festival, Germany.

Hoffos has been invited to several residencies, including one at the Banff Centre for the Arts. The artist has received numerous awards including second place in the inaugural Sobey Art Award, December 2002. In 2003, Hoffos' work will be included in Oscilaciones at Can Felipa, Barcelona; and Silver at The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. A survey of his installation work will debut at the Edmonton Art Gallery in December 2003.

David Hoffos lives and works in Lethbridge, Alberta where he is currently planning a film about Roger Patterson, the famous Bigfoot hunter.

He is represented by Trépanier Baer, Calgary, AB.

Visit David Hoffos' Website.

david hoffos redwood down
David Hoffos, “Redwood Downs”,
2 channel video installation with miniature model, mirrors, glass, black light, ghost video, cut-out projection, audio, false walls, 2002. Courtesy the artist and Trépanier Baer.