• Hello!!!My name is Nyoka,

    and much like my name, my life is anything but ordinary.

    I was born in the hills of Tennessee amongst hippies and hillbillies living off the land with no electricity or running water. My creative and artistically minded hippie parents share a genuine concern for cultural and environmental issues as well as a passion for the arts which they instilled in me at an early age.

    By the time I was six years old, my family moved to Ontario, Canada in search of a somewhat more “normal” life. While growing up in Ontario, I trained as a competitive figure skater until, at the age of 16, I was involved in a terrible car accident which impacted my life drastically. I literally shattered my face and suffered from serious head trauma as well as neck, back, and shoulder injury. I spent the next 3 years in and out of surgeries meant to reconstruct my face. Needless to say, this ended my athletic career and changed my life in many ways. During this time, doctors advised me not to partake in any physical activity for fear of too much blood rushing to the head. So, I had to find new ways to entertain myself. And so I began to focus on my art.

    My near death experience certainly changed me in more ways than just physical. I grew up fast and learned very quickly the preciousness of life. I learned that beauty is much more than skin deep. I see beauty all around me in every aspect of life and always look for the good in everyone I meet and everything I see.

    At the age of 20, I moved to Vancouver, BC to attend Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. School and life in the city opened my eyes to the many nuances of the art world and various diversities of life. I graduated from Emily Carr with a BFA in Visual Arts, with studies in Painting, Drawing, Photography, Printmaking, and Ceramics, as well as Historical and Cultural Theory.

    After graduation, I found my way to a marvelously unique little town called Nelson, BC, nestled between mountains, rivers, and lakes, in the Kootenay Mountain Range of British Columbia. It is here that my artistic talent truly began to flourish as I am continually inspired not only by the dazzling magnificence of the environment that surrounds me, but also by the beautiful energy of the people around me. Nelson is a mecca of good energy and vibrant, creative souls who fuel my passion for creativity with an abundance of music, dance, art, craft, and entertainment. Although I am blessed to have such an amazing little heaven on earth to call home, I am always eager to travel to new places, meet new people, and experience new things.

    With an open-minded, carefree, and freewheeling outlook on life, I live for the moment yet try not to take anything for granted. With few inhibitions, I pay little attention to cultural norms, societal rules, or social constructs. With an extensive education in historical and cultural theory, and a unique, slightly off-kilter perspective on life, my art is influenced by my bohemian upbringing, my exuberant lust for life, and the vibrant energy radiating from those around me. Being an artist is a gifted way of life.... and I cherish it deeply. ♥


  • Exhibitions


    2009 Our Glass Studio & Gallery

    2007-2009 Norman Felix Gallery, Toronto, ON.

    2007 Emily Carr Institute Graduation Exhibition, Vancouver, BC.

    2006 Emily Carr Institute Student Art Sale, Vancouver, BC.

    2003 Emily Carr Institute Foundation Show, Vancouver, BC.

    2002 Local Painters, A collaborative show at 321 Blast Off, North Bay, ON.

    1998-2001 Insights and Sounds, Collaborative showing at Saint Joseph Scollard Hall, North Bay, ON.

    Gallery Representation
    2007-Present The Norman Felix Gallery, Toronto, ON.
    www.normanfelix.com

    *REFERENCES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST*

    Education

    2003-2007 
    Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver, B.C. 
    B.F.A Visual Arts: Specializing in Photography and Painting, with additional studies in Ceramics, Drawing, Printmaking, Art History, and Cultural StudiesGraduated with Honours.


    2002-2003
    Nipissing University, North Bay, ON.
    Studies in Visual Arts, Art History, Philosophy, and Ancient Civilizations.
    Maintained Honours.

    Awards and Scholarships


    2002 Recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II (Aiming for the Top) Scholarship at Nipissing University, North Bay, ON.

    2002 Recipient of the President?s Scholarship at Nipissing University, North Bay, ON.

    2002 Recipient of the Aileen Chirico Bursary for the Visual Arts, North Bay, ON.

    2001 Recipient of the Most Outstanding Artist Award, Saint Joseph Scollard Hall, North Bay, ON.

    2000 Recipient of the Most Creative Artist Award, Saint Joseph Scollard Hall, North Bay, ON.

    Nyoka Bittschwan

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    Slocan Park, BC
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    me(at)nyoka.ca