Cosmology : Paintings by Marina Malvada

by Chandler Swain

Marina has made Almonte her home for the past two years and is an active part of our rich cultural life. She moved here from Toronto after years in Montreal, which made me wonder how she ever found Almonte, since she didn’t drive then.

Turns out Marina had visited a few times with our mutual friend, Ottawa painter Bhat Boy, who will show his paintings at Carriageway in August. She knew immediately she had found her new home. And her new small-town address doesn’t keep her from showing her work in Toronto and the US.

We are thrilled to show her wonderful paintings and give you a chance to meet Marina at a reception for her show: Sunday June 25, 1-3 : info at


The sciences, particularly astronomy and geology, fuel Marina Malvada’s passion for art. Her methods resemble those of the action painters of the mid 20th century combined with detailed photorealism.

Ms. Malvada has an honours BFA from OCADU and is a member of the International Association of Astronomical Artists (IAAA). She exhibits across Canada, the United States and internationally. Her work has appeared in British Vogue, The Huffington Post, The Daily Mirror, and Ripley’s Believe It or Not. Notable collectors include Col. Chris Hadfield, Brian Downey and Damien Hirst.

“I combine data with artistry to evoke the feeling of wonder we have when we gaze at the stars, or contemplate new discoveries in planetary science.”

– Marina Malvada