Katka Hubacek


My name is Katka Hubacek, a Czech-Canadian artist based in Ontario. My art practice involves exploring sculpture, mixed media, drawing, as well as oil and acrylic painting.

I hold a diploma from the National Theatre School of Canada as a set and costume designer. Subsequently, I pursued a Costume Studies Diploma at Dalhousie University in Halifax to specialize in drafting and sewing costumes. Over a span of 10 years, I worked in film, TV, theater, and dance, only to realize that being in a creative field wasn't enough. I needed to explore my own stories and find my voice.

My journey began at craft fairs with recycled bags, then progressed to plush toys and later illustration. It was only after having two children that I finally accepted my true passion: to be a painter. I pursued a BFA at Concordia University, partly for the structure of deadlines and accountability.

In my work, I explore themes of vulnerability and emotion through the tug and pull of motherhood and womanhood. I find inspiration in the mystery and contrast of what we choose to show or hide. What does it mean to be a contemporary woman, and what roles do we play within today’s societal preconceived ideas? As an artist, I grapple with history’s traditional notions of woman/wife/mother and how we no longer fit into those narrow boxes. These binding limitations are deeply rooted in my work.

It's an exploration of expression versus narration, abstraction versus figuration, incorporating tenderness and femininity in contrast with violence and darkness.


My primary medium is oil and acrylic paint on canvas. Layering gentle washes, bold strokes, and clear renderings, my work explores the roles that define, bind, and hold women back – how women are limited by society’s construction of womanhood and how we limit ourselves within those constraints. Many of my paintings explore the struggle of women who are also mothers and our search for fulfillment. In my case, becoming a mother created conflict in my identity: can I be both woman-as-mother, who is a selfless giver, and woman-as-artist, who is a self-centered creator? In my paintings, female forms are bathed with soft brushstrokes and washes to convey a sense of emotion and tenderness. These are interrupted by bold colours, harsh tones, and sharp brush work. My use of opposing techniques, palettes and styles symbolizes the conflict I see and feel in contemporary ideas of womanhood/motherhood – the pressure to be gentle yet bold, fragile yet strong, self-assured yet selfless. Through painting, I seek to reveal the complexities of being a woman and mother, to give voice to her struggles, where tenderness and softness collide with violence and darkness.

" My canvas is my confidante. I bravely follow my feelings as they guide me into the unknown."



Gallery Shows

2021   Solo Show, Espace Claire-Léger, Art Sutton Gallery, QC

2020   Group Show, Art Sutton Gallery, QC

2019   Solo Show, Cafe 92, Montreal, QC

2018 + 2019   Collective Exhibition, Art Sutton Gallery, QC

2008   Art Direction, Creature Pop Culture video, MAC, Montreal QC

2004   Inter-Art, Group Show, Art Sutton Gallery, QC

Selected Art Fairs

NDA Arts market, 2016, Montreal, QC

Marché Artisanat, 2016, Westmount, QC

One of a Kind, 2010-2013, Direct Energy Centre, Toronto, ON

Old Skool Craft Fair, 2012, Eglise St-Michel, Montreal, QC

Originals Craft Show, 2010, Ottawa, ON

Cabbagetown Arts & Crafts, 2010, Riverdale Park, Toronto, ON

Heart 2 Heart, 2010, Eglise St-Michel, Montreal, QC

Pop Montreal, 2009, Eglise St-Michel, Montreal, QC

Expo 3R, 2008 + 2009, Centre des Sciences, Montreal, QC

Beaches Craft Show, 2009, Kew Gardens Park, Toronto, ON


2017 - 2021   BFA - Studio Arts, Concordia University, Mtl QC

2009   Resin & Plastic I, École de Joaillerie de Montréal, QC

2008  Initiation à l'émail, École de Joaillerie de Montréal, QC

2004 Textile Screen Printing, Design & Impression Textile, Mtl QC

2002 - 2004 Jewelry Course I-IV, École de Joaillerie de Montréal, QC

1996 - 1998  Costume Studies, Dalhousie University, NS

1993 - 1996  Scenography Program, National Theatre School of Canada, Mtl, QC

Other Work

1997 - 2020    Art Direction & Costume Design - Film, TV, music videos & commercials

1996 - 2017    Set & Costume Design for theater & dance