laurena finéus (she/her) is a Haitian-Canadian visual artist and educator. in her practice, finéus has been concerned with representations of black geographies, maroon thought, and migratory histories through an array of painterly imagined landscapes. the teachings of Haitian scholar michel-rolph trouillot in ‘silencing the past’ informs her understanding of visual narration in her practice. finéus’ strategies include the collapsing of history in order to question its production and mechanisms.
finéus is currently an MFA candidate at Columbia university. she is a graduate from the university of ottawa with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. her work has been exhibited at the Ottawa art gallery (2021), karsh-masson gallery (2021) , the Ottawa school of art (2021) and mature art (2019) among others and is part of a range of private collections internationally. she is the recipient of the helen frankentheler fund (2023), the Elizabeth Greenshields foundation grant (2022), the Ottawa arts council BIPOC emerging artist award (2022), the Edmund and Isobel Ryan visual art scholarship (2020), and the Ineke Harmina standish memorial (2019).she has previously facilitated a range of bilingual workshops for the Ottawa art gallery, arts network Ottawa, the high skills major in arts and the association Canadianne-Francaise de L’ontario.
laurena finéus is a collaborator with the gallery.