Kevin Schmidt was born in 1972 and is based in Toronto. Schmidt’s practice explores the role of the artist in contemporary, spectacle-driven society, particularly with respect to faith, mythmaking, craft, and popular culture. To this end, Schmidt’s work often takes him on an excursion or journey, either nearby, like along the Fraser River in Vancouver, or as far away as the Canadian Arctic. He has a strong interest in landscape, music and popular culture. After graduating from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in 1997, Schmidt has received considerable national and international recognition. In 2017, he received the Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award in Visual Arts from the Canada Council for the Arts, and in 2008, he was awarded the VIVA Award from the Jack and Doris Shadbolt Foundation for the Visual Arts, Vancouver. Schmidt’s recent solo exhibitions include a major solo exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery (2018); Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops, Canada (2015); Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (2014); Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2013); and Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (2011). Recent group exhibitions include Lichtparcours 16, Braunschweig, Germany (2016); La Biennale de Montréal (2014); SITE Santa Fe (2014); The Jewish Museum (2014). Schmidt is represented by Catriona Jeffries Gallery in Vancouver.