Marisa Swangha (pronounced “swan” like the bird, and “ga” like galaxy) is a Canadian-born visual artist. Having lived most of her life in Montreal, she is currently based in Ottawa.
A self-taught painter, her work is heavily informed by science, northern
nature, and modern life. She reinterprets Canadian history and geography
through layers, patterns, textures, and geometric abstractions.
Her influences are Mavis Pusey, Marcelle Ferron, Betty Goodwin, Louise Nevelson, Alex Janvier, Candida Alvarez, Leon Polk Smith, Polly Apfelbaum, Paul-Émile Borduas, and Martin Puryear.
Marisa’s work has been exhibited, to name a few, at FiveMyles Gallery in New York City, the Orillia Museum of Art and History, the Propeller Art Gallery and the O’Connor A Gallery in Toronto, Montreal’s City Hall, Kunstraum Kreuzberg Gallery in Berlin, and the San Diego Museum of Art.
Corporate and private collectors of her artwork can be found in North America, the UK, Japan, Brazil, and Australia.
She is a supporter of organizations focusing on LGBTQ2S+ youth, women's shelters, Black and Indigenous health, and fighting food insecurity in rural and urban settings.