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Biography

Chantelle Dinkel is a Swiss-Canadian representational painter. A Toronto native, she was inspired early on by her mother’s passion as an artist. She travelled to Florence to learn the wisdom of the Old Masters and graduated from The Florence Academy of Art in 2008. After completing her studies, she stayed in Florence another year to study water gilding and other framing techniques, as well as painting restoration. She then moved to Norway to train with Odd Nerdrum. After that, she set about to wander the earth painting portraits of royalty, fascinating people, and faraway landscapes, all while hoping to find a unicorn farm during her travels. In the past, Dinkel has also used other media, such as clay and wood. She was trained by world-champion food sculptors and worked in the five-star Suvretta Hotel, in St. Moritz, Switzerland, where she created edible works of art out of butter, melon, ice, and more.

Although Dinkel was born in the later part of the 20th Century, she dresses in the Belle Époque fashion style (1870-1914) and looks as if she herself has stepped forth from the paintings she admires. Most days you will find her dressed in vintage and antique clothing dating back to the Victorian age, which has inspired many of her teachers, friends, and other established artists to use her as a model for their paintings and sculpture. Dinkel has also done Viking reenactment across Europe in the past. She currently divides her time between Canada and a small village in Switzerland or she’s off on some adventure, including landscape painting in places that can only be reached on snowshoes or by helicopter. Her work can be found in public and private collections across Europe and North America.


Shows

2016 Solo show of works created during Gettysburg NMP residency, Lincoln Train Station, Gettysburg PA, USA

2016 Halloween show, Steelton, PA, USA

2016 Gallery 121, Belleville, Canada

2016 – 2008 Albert College Alumni Art Show, Belleville, Canada

2016 – 2013 Brush and Easel Gallery, Fresno, California, USA

2014 Gallery 121, Belleville, Canada

2014 & 2013 BDIA Plein Air Festival, Belleville, Canada

2014 & 2013 The Hive Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA

2013 Broadway Studios, Fresno, California, USA

2012 Solo Show, Kreis 6 Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland

2012 & 2010 Solo Show, Studio, Switzerland

2012 Art Work Gallery, Wohlen, Switzerland

2011 Vernissage — Hotel Schatzalp, Davos, Switzerland
2011-2012 Alexander Hotel, Davos, Switzerland

2011 OverXXXposed, Toronto, Canada

2008 & 2007 FAA Alumni Show, Corsini Stables, Florence, Italy


Noted Commissions

2015 Portrait of E. Ward Jones (founder of  the 4-H Club) for the Agriculture Hall of Fame, Toronto, Canada

2014 Transhelvetica Magazine commissioned cover “Fux & Has” , Switzerland

2010 Portrait of Lyle Vanclief (Minister of Agriculture 1997 – 2003) for the Agriculture Hall of Fame, Toronto, Canada


Noted Collections 

Agriculture Hall of Fame  Portrait Gallery located at the Royal Agriculture Winter Fair, Toronto, Canada

 Bernie Fiedler Canadian artist manager, Toronto, Canada

Dr. Richard Massey NYC, USA


Artist Residencies  

2016 Gettysburg National Military Park, Gettysburg PA, USA

2016 Hudson River Fellowship, USA

2009 Odd Nerdrum, Norway


Awards

2015 Best in Show, Albert College Alumni Art Show, Belleville, Canada

2013 Best in Show, Albert College Alumni Art Show, Belleville, Canada

2012 Best in Show, Albert College Alumni Art Show, Belleville, Canada

2010 Best in Show, Albert College Alumni Art Show, Belleville, Canada

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