Selected Exhibition History

July 2023 “Summer Exhibition” Gallery at the Cultch, Curated by Yuri Arajs, Vancouver, BC (Three person)

October, 2022 “Volver (To return, to become)” Cityscape Community Art Space, North Vancouver, BC (Four person)

September 2019 “Distillates” Parker Projects, Vancouver, B.C. (Three person)

March 2019, “Transmigrification”, Port Moody Art Centre, Port Moody, B.C. (Solo)

September 2018 “The Journey of a Salmon” Cityscape Community Art Space, North Vancouver, BC (Group).

April 2017 "Current Interloper" Herringer Kiss Gallery, Incubator Space, Calgary, AB (Solo)

May 2016   "I Belong Here..." Lookout Gallery, Vancouver, BC (Solo)

November 2012-2019 Vancouver Eastside Culture Crawl, Vancouver, BC

May 2014-2019 Parker Art Salon, Vancouver, BC

February 2012 “Down the Rabbit Hole” Art Gallery of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta (Four person)

May 2011 “Metanoia” Petley Jones Gallery, Vancouver, BC. (Solo)

September 2009 “Heads and Tales” Petley Jones Gallery, Vancouver, BC. (Two person)

March 2008 “Tales of Isolated Incidents” Numen Gallery, Vancouver, BC. (Solo)

August 2007 “Power Games” 1000 Parker St. Studios, Vancouver, BC. (Solo)

September 2003 “Transitions” Amati Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC (Solo)

April 2002 “Tales of the Mehnavides Trees” Gallery 1248, Victoria, BC (Solo)

November 2000 “Dresses and Contemplation” University of Victoria Mc Pherson Library Gallery, Victoria, BC (Solo)

April 2000 “De Velos, Sueños y Polleras” Alternativa, Centro de Arte. La Paz-Bolivia. (Solo)

February 2000 “i” is for Immigrant, Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre, Victoria, BC (Group)

Spring 1999 “Sooke 1999” Sooke Juried Annual Art Show. (Invitational) Sooke BC.


Selected Bibliography and Media


Vancouver Latin American Cultural Centre: Transcendiendo Fronteras: Exploring migration through visual art.


RCI: Radio Canada International (CBC) Las “Transmigrificaciones” de la artista visual canado-boliviana Pilar Mehlis. Pablo Gomez-Barrios


The Jealous Curator Blog:


CBC Art minute: CBC Arts, Dan Code and Anthem Jackson Productions:


Portia Priegert, Hybrid Sculptures Reflect Immigrant Experience “Galleries West Magazine” April 2017:


 Amy Anderson “I Belong Here: An Interview with Pilar Mehlis. Regent World Magazine. April 2017:


Minelle Mahtani, Interview, “Sense of Place”, Roundhouse Radio 98.3 FM, Vancouver, BC. April 2016: 


Rebecca Keillor “Fishy by Nature: Eastside Culture Crawl had its standout pieces”, The Vancouver Sun, The Home Front; November 27th, 2015:


Alia Tracy, “Pilar Mehlis: Mythical Reality, Magical Realism, JJohnson Agency, February 2014: 


Anne Ewen, Chief Curator, “Down the Rabbit Hole” Exhibition Catalogue, Art Gallery of Calgary, Spring, 2011


Indrani Karin Pop goes the Art World”, Interview, Fast Forward Weekly, Calgary, AB, Feb16th, 2012                                                                                                                       

Stephen Thomson “Portrait of an Artist: Pilar Mehlis”, Straight.com online magazine, May 2011: 


Lena Sin, “Portrait of Artist- Pilar Mehlis”, The Province, Vancouver BC , May 9th, 2011


Ingrid Paulsen Artist Paints the Significance of Dress”, Arts; Saanich News, Victoria, BC November 2000                                                                                                            

German Arauz Crespo, Editor “Pilar Mehlis Pinta AñoranzasLa Razón La Paz, May, 2000


Awards and Honours


1994 Prize in Painting, Juried Art Exhibition “Salon de Bellas Artes” Casa de la Cultura, La Paz, Bolivia

1993 Honourable Mention in Painting, Juried Art Exhibition “Salón de Bellas Artes” Casa de la Cultura, La Paz, Bolivia


Artist in Residence and Related Activities


2021 Caetani Art Centre, Self directed residency, Vernon, BC

2014-18 Organizing member, Parker Art Salon, Vancouver, BC

2012-14 Board of Directors, Eastside Culture Crawl, Vancouver, BC

2010 -2011 Artist in Residence, Rotary Centre for the Arts, Kelowna, BC


Selected Commissions and Collections


2018 Woven Histories (Heads and Tales Collective) Vancity Credit Union, City of New Westminster Branch, New Westminster, B.C.

2015 Imago Mundi, Luciano Benetton Collection 


2008 Amnesty International “Perseverance” Visual representation of “Article Number 8” of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  (private collection)

2002 “Pear Pickers” “A gift from the Heart Youth Foundation” The painting served as a traveling trophy for the first-place prize winners of “Resonance” an annual amateur choir festival. (private collection)

2001 Portrait of NHL Player, Mike Keane. Commemoration of his 1000th game. (Private Commission)


Education and Training


2010 Painting workshop with Juliette Aristides, Gage Academy of Art, Seattle, WA, USA

2008-2009 Painting workshops with Paul Chizik, Langara College, Vancouver, BC 

2007 Art Criticism and Curatorship Seminar National Museum of Art, La Paz, Bolivia

2002-2003 Painting workshops with Thomas Anfield, Vancouver Academy of Art, Vancouver BC

1998 B.F.A. Double Major Visual Arts/History of Art, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada

1992-95 Facultad de Bellas Artes, Universidad Mayor de San Andres, La Paz, Bolivia  

1984 Summer Intensive Painting Course, Sherry Takala Studio, Haines, Alaska, USA


Selected Teaching Experience


2017-current: Anvil Centre, drawing and oil painting instructor, New Westminster, BC

2017-2018: Vancouver Fine Art Atelier, oil painting and drawing instructor, Vancouver, BC

2013-2017: Artway Studios, painting and drawing instructor, Vancouver, BC

2013-2014: ArtMania, Art Instructor, various Vancouver and North Vancouver public schools

2010-2011: Kelowna Art Gallery, Oil painting instructor, youth outreach program. Kelowna, B.C.