Biography of Niina Chebry

Artist Niina Chebry draws from a wide range of sources for her paintings. She has traveled – collecting inspiration from Asia, Europe and South America. Her childhood spent under vast prairie skies of rural Alberta, she now lives in Vancouver – where the shift to coastal flora and fauna seep into her compositions.


Chebry often selects imagery with a mind for the abstract as well as the narrative. The suggestion of water, tree, horse, or Asian calligraphy are built through textural layers and translucent colour. 


Niina studied art at the University of Alberta and received her Bachelor of Education in 1986. Her paintings are included in public and private collections in Canada, United States, Europe and Japan, notably in exhibitions at the Canadian Embassy and the Ueno Royal Museum of Art. Niina’s work is currently represented by the Art Rental program at the Vancouver Art Gallery.


Exhibition Record


2007 Kanji, Sunshine Coast Art Centre, Sechelt, Canada

2004 Divine Equine, Art Junction, Whistler, Canada

2003 Simply Bovine, Gallery 83, Vancouver, Canada

2003 HOLY COW II, Iron Works Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

2001 New Work, Phoenix Art Gallery, Richmond, Canada

1999 Returning, Tokyo Salon, Tokyo, Japan

1999 HOLY COW, Vision Network, Tokyo, Japan

1999 KANJI, Bauhaus Gallery, Sapporo, Japan

1998 Sacred Cow, Sassenach Café, Sapporo, Japan

1998 KANJI, Obihiro International Centre, Obihiro, Japan

1998 Sacred Cow, Chomin Hall, Shikaoi, Japan

1993 New Work, Annie Mourillon Galerie, Strasbourg, France


2016 The Assurance of Doubt, Ian Tan Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

2009 TREES: The Storm or 2006, Studio 316, Vancouver, Canada

2008 Mousieur RoDent, Studio 316, Vancouver, Canada

2007 Fowl Play, Studio 316, Vancouver, Canada

2006 Ruby Red, Sugar and Sugar, Vancouver, Canada

2005 Holy Cow, Britannia Library, Vancouver Canada

2004 Serendipity, Vancouver Art Gallery Art Rental, Vancouver, Canada

2002 Juxtapose, Gallery 83, Vancouver, Canada,

1999 New Work, Art Space, Sapporo, Japan

1996 Member Show, Latitude 53 Gallery, Edmonton, Canada

1996 Figurative, Ortona Gallery, Edmonton, Canada

1995 Member Show Harcourt Gallery, Edmonton, Canada

1992 Plasticiens, L’Estampe Galerie, Strasbourg, France

1987 From The field, Oppertshauser Gallery, Stony Plain, Canada

Juried Invitation Shows

1999 Vision 2000 Canadian Embassy of Japan, Tokyo, Japan

1999 The 18th Ueno Royal Museum of Art Grand Prize Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan

1997 New Artists 1996 Edmonton Art Rental Gallery, Edmonton, Canada



Alberta Art Foundation 1996






Judy Szabo, "Two Artists, Two Great Shows", The Question, Jan.9, 2004

Shelley Arnusch, "New Works on Whistler Gallery Walls", The Pique, Jan.30, 2004 HOLY COW " Pick of the Week", Georgia Straight, July19, 2003

Monty DiPietro, "Show 2000", Canada Culture, Canadian Embassy News, May 4, 1999

Maki Nibayashi," Time in Japan", Tokyo Classified, 1999, 2000

Tokachi News, review of Kanji, Mainiti, May 5, 1999

Benjamin Rosse, "Eric Vu-An" (illustrations of a dancer’s biography), 1993




Japanese Biography