Full name

Simon Raskina




Toronto, Canada


Art drives me, challenges me, picks me back up and smacks me in the face. I use my artwork and paintings to spread optimism and a positive mental attitude among my viewers. I believe in creating colorful, thought-provoking artwork using very simple themes. I have been inspired throughout the years by many artists, from Oskar Kokoschka to Bob Ross to Jack Kirby. Whether it is the intensity of my brushstrokes or the soft blending of my landscapes, my consistency can be found in my technicolor pallet. I create art because of the ones I love, to inspire future generations and to spread a positive message.

Toronto-based artist Simon Raskina creates displays of majestic color through his detailed paintings of familiar and exotic subjects. His work focuses on the enduring natural beauty of landscapes and animals, with applications of kaleidoscopic brushstrokes and smoky textures to produce a picturesque quality. Although working in a realistic style, Raskina's compositions contain an idealized palette that tends towards fantasy and neon opulence. This effect, however, only adds to the naturalistic style and the overall sense of positivity and unrestrained energy in his works.

Raskina's stylistic choices are glued together with the use of blended acrylics and attention to the figurative aspects of the paintings. His representations of animals, for example, use descriptive brushstrokes and details to embody energetic measures of emotional depth. By characterizing his subjects in this way, Raskina shows a more experimental side, allowing elements of playfulness and chance into the picture. In contrast to some avant-garde art, Raskina's work is explicitly created with a positive message in mind, which is particularly reflected in the harmonious palette and the real sense of personality in each work of art.

Simon Raskina was born and raised in Toronto, Canada where he continues to live and work today.

2022 Silver Award , Camelback Gallery - International Art Gallery
Shades of Green 2022 International Juried Visual Arts Competition
Aug 2022 Fan Expo Canada 2022 (Group), Metro Convention Centre, Toronto, Canada
April 2022 Shades of Green 2022 International Juried Visual Arts Exhibition (Group), Camelback Gallery, Online
April 2021 3rd Into the Wild Art Exhibition (Group), Fusion Art, Online
Sept 2019 Fan Expo Canada 2019 (Group), Metro Convention Centre, Toronto, Canada
Mar 2019 Empowering Change Tour (Solo), McKay Art Centre, Toronto, ON
Jan 2019 Empowering Change (Solo), The Robert Mclaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Canada
Nov 2018 RAW Toronto presents: OVATION (Group), Fountain Blu Night Club, Toronto, Canada
Nov 2018 Pine Ridge 19th Annual Juried Art Show (Group), McLean Community Centre, Ajax, Canada
Sept 2018 Siblings (Solo), Coast Collective Art Centre, Victoria, Canada
Aug 2018 Fan Expo Canada 2018 (Group), Metro Convention Centre, Toronto, Canada
Jul 2018 Tabletop & Gaming Expo (TGX) (Group), Sandman, Mississauga, Canada
Apr 2018 Phantasm 2018 (Group), Holiday Inn, Peterborough, Canada
Mar 2018 Loving the Process (Solo), McKay Art Centre, Toronto, Canada
Mar 2018 HotLeads Miniature Convention (Group), Arden Park Hotel, Stratford, Canada
Feb 2018 RAW Toronto presents ENVISION (Group), Mod Club, Toronto, Canada
Dec 2017 One with Everything: 25th Annual Members’ Exhibition (Group), Station Gallery, Whitby, Ontario
Nov 2017 RAW DENVER PRESENTS SAVOR (Group), City Hall, Denver, CO
Aug 2017 Fan Expo Canada 2017 Artist Alley (Group), Metro Convention Centre, Toronto, Canada
June 2017 RAW TORONTO PRESENTS VERSE (Group), The Mod Club, Toronto, Canada
May 2017 2nd Annual Animal Kingdom Online Juried Art Exhibition (Group), Fusion Art, Online
March 2017 Fusion Art’s Colors Online Juried Art Exhibition (Group), Fusion Art, Online
Jan 2017 Fusion Art’s 2nd Annual Landscapes Online Exhibition (Group), Fusion Art, Online
Dec 2016 Pencil Studio Grand Gala (Group), Pencil Studio, Markham, ON
May 2016 Elixir of Nature (Group), Agora Gallery, New York, NY
January 2016 RAW Natural Born Artists FUTURES Showcase (Group), The Mod Club, Toronto, Canada
2015 Paint-A-Smile Art Night (Group), Paint-A-Smile Art Nite, Markham, Canada