Bareket Kezwer is one of Toronto’s most colourfully optimistic and ambitious working artists. From Parkdale to Bali and back again, Bareket’s signature rainbow geometry and point perfect typography is truly universal in its influence, audience and demand.
She works with organizations as influential as Facebook, the New Yorker, Baycrest and Sunnybrook Hospital to create large-scale murals in public and private spaces that are as delightful on a sensory level as they are spiritually uplifting. Her work can be seen on office buildings, shipping containers, alleyways, garage doors, sidewalks, utility boxes and backyards all around the city and she frequently collaborates with Toronto’s most revered street artists like Jacquie Comrie and Adrian Hayles.
Behind the scenes, Bareket is an exceptionally gifted social entrepreneur and project manager. She is the creator and producer of Women Paint, a yearly mural jam that grows exponentially in scope, complexity and sponsorship each year and is a founding member of Neighborhood Love, a community-based collective of artists that recently produced a series of uplifting murals across South Etobicoke.
She’s also an awesome partner and furmom to Chloe the dog and Ceecee the cat.
– Written by her husband, Corey Caplan
Which ‘hood are you in?
I lived in Parkdale for many years and recently moved to the Junction.
What do you do?
I am a muralist, community engaged artist, curator, cultural producer, creative director, and graphic designer. My work is motivated by a desire to spread joy, cultivate gratitude, celebrate the power of kindness and compassion and support the growth of inclusive and connected communities. I program and facilitate projects that empower people through creative engagement and increase representation of Toronto’s diverse population.
What are you currently working on?
I just finished producing a series of text based murals with StrollTO and co facilitating an online winter mural camp for teens. I’m currently designing an 90ft x 30ft graphic for a condominium in San Diego, curating a mural installation that will be painted on Lansdowne Ave in summer 2021, site hunting for a location for Women Paint, exploring what the future of Neighbourhood Love will be with my co-founders, and learning stop-motion animation for community art project with the STEPS initiative. I’m also planning my garden for the summer.
Where can we find your work?
All over the city of Toronto. I recommend visiting the three Women Paint sites at Lansdowne & Queen, Dundas & McCaul and Finch Avenue between Kipling & Islington. My favourite rainbows I’ve painted that are still up are at Stackt Market, Fudger House, in the parking lot at 101 Eglinton Ave East, 401 Richmond and on the side of Hollandaise Diner.