Patrick Cruz

Patrick Cruz
Assistant Professor
Building AA 331
Studio Art


Born in Quezon City, Philippines. Cruz studied painting at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, and holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Guelph, a certificate in Pochinko clowning, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Cruz is a co-founding member of Kamias Special Projects (KSP) a curatorial collective that hosts the Kamias Triennial. Cruz's artistic and pedagogical practice is informed by the intersections of folk spirituality, diasporic aesthetics, cultural hybridity, and the ongoing project of decolonization.

Cruz has presented work at the Vancouver Art Gallery (Vancouver, CA); The Art Center of Chulangkorn (Bangkok, TH); Contemporary Art Gallery, (Vancouver, CA); Whose Museum (Malmӧ, SE); Plug In ICA (Winnipeg, CA); Project Panjee (Montreal, CA) Centre of Contemporary Asian Art (Vancouver, CA); Cultural Center of The Philippines (Manila, PH); Vargas Museum (Manila, PH); Obrera Centro (Mexico City, MX); Feldfünf (Berlin, DE); Oakville galleries (Oakville, CA); 1st Manila Biennale (Manila, PH); Gasworks (London, UK); 3331 Arts Chiyoda (Tokyo, JP) Gallery TPW (Toronto, CA); Art Gallery of Alberta (Edmonton, CA); Susan Hobbs Gallery (Toronto, CA); Or Gallery Berlin (Berlin, DE). Cruz is the recipient of the 2021 Thirteen Artist Award from the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the 17th RBC Canadian Painting Competition in 2015.



2016 MFA, University of Guelph, Ontario Canada
2010 Cert, Pochinko Clowning, Vancouver, Canada
2010 BFA, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, Canada
2005 BFA University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines


Teaching Interests

The intersections of folk spirituality, mysticism, and healing in art production; improvisation as a generative modality; installation art, performance art, curating



Research Interests

Folk spirituality and the occult; clown philosophy; diasporic aesthetics through the process of cultural hybridity; the notion of play as a tool for emancipation; the effects of transnationalism on bodies, identities and communities



Awards and Grants

2021 Thirteen Artist Award, Cultural Center of the Philippines
2021 Explore and create for Kamias Special Projects, Canada Council
2019 Sobey Arts Award longlist
2019 Arts Abroad Program, Canada Council
2018 Curatorial Projects: Indigenous and Culturally Diverse, Ontario Arts Council
2017 Research and Creation Fund, Canada Council
2015 National Winner of the 17th Annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition




Cruz, Patrick. Birds of Paradise. Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, 2016. 
ISBN: 978-1-927605-02-8




*Vancouver Special: Disorientations and Echo, May 29, 2021 - January 3, 2022, Vancouver Art Gallery (Vancouver, CA)
Photo by Dennis Ha

*Alimentary, June 09,14,16, 2019, Obrera Centro (Mexico City, MX)
Photo by Su-Ying Lee

*Titig Kayumanggi (Brown Gaze), April 14 - June 4, 2017, Plug In ICA (Winnipeg, CA)
photo by Karen Asher

How Far Do You Travel?, 2019, Contemporary Art Gallery, (Vancouver, CA)

Thirteen Artist Award Exhibition, 2022, Cultural Center of The Philippines (Manila, PH),at%20the%20Bulwagang%20Juan%20Luna%2C

Survival Guide, 2017, Art Gallery of Alberta (Edmonton, CA)

Ghost Collection, 2019, Krets X Whose Museum (Malmӧ, SE)

Mga Balakid Sa Bukang Liwayway (obstacles at dawn), 2020, Gallery TPW (Toronto, CA)

Pasapkedjinawong, 2021, Mackenzie Gallery (Regina, SK)




Patrick Cruz, Freestyle: aboard the moving bus, June 19th, 2019 / 1 hour, Translink Bus, Vancouver, Canada, curated by Kimberly Phillips

Patrick Cruz, Kitchen Codex, 2019, June 14th, Obrero Centro, Mexico City, Mexico, curated by Su-Ying Lee

Patrick Cruz & Francis Cruz, Mensahe sa Masahe, October 22, 2009, 30 minutes, 221a & Live Biennale, Vancouver, Canada, curated by Francisco-Fernando Granados




The 3rd Kamias Triennial 
curated by Patrick Cruz, Allison Collins & Su-Ying Lee

Artists: Lesley-Anne Cao (PH), Fabiola Carranza (CA/CR/USA), Marcos Castro (MX), Raven Chacon (USA), Gabi Dao (CA), Elisa Ferrari (CA/IT), FASTWÜRMS (CA), Carolina Fusilier (AR/MX), Cristóbal Gracia (MX), Maharlika (Catalina Africa, Zeus Bascon, Tanya Villanueva) (PH), Miko Revereza (PH), Issay Rodriguez (PH), Scott Rogers (CA/UK), Sarah Rose (NZ/UK), Carolina Magis Weinberg (MX), Prras! collective (Nelly César & Tamara Ibarra) with Colectivo Amasijo (Martina Manterola Serra & Cecilia Castro) (MX), Jacobo Zambrano (VE) 

The 3rd iteration of the Triennial (KT3) titled “Sawsawan:Conversations in the Dirty Kitchen” will take place from February 7-22, 2020 and will be co-curated by the Kamias Special Projects (KSP) Collective: Patrick Cruz, Allison Collins(Vancouver) and Su-Ying Lee (Toronto). KT3 will include Canadian, Filipino and Mexican artists participating in exhibitions, performances, screenings and more in several venues--our main site and dedicated gallery, the Kamias Special Projects space and at artist-run project partners spaces Green Papaya Projects, Project 20, Los Otros and Load Na Dito. We have also partnered with the Film Institute, University of the Philippines to host a screening.