Marina May Raike

Artist member since 2018
Almonte, Ontario

Marina May Raike enjoys working in a variety of disciplines and media. She has a BFA from the Ontario College of Art and Design University, where she was awarded the Forsythe Scholarship for drawing and painting. She has exhibited across Canada, the United States and internationally. Her work has appeared in the TV series ‘Suits’, British Vogue, The Huffington Post, The Daily Mirror, and Ripley's Believe It or Not. Notable people who’ve acquired Marina’s work include Col Chris Hadfield and Damien Hirst. She regularly exhibits at Gallery Hittite in Toronto and online through Partial Gallery. Marina’s current body of work explores her connection with the Northern Hemisphere. Visions of the Canadian Shield, the Great Lakes, and Northern Ontario are expressed in deep hues, punctuated with intense highlights. There is an uncanny sense of expectation amidst the ancient geological forms. An occasional campfire or shack evokes the temporality of our place in the cosmos.

Inside the Studio


Favourite artist(s) right now

Wanda Koop! I relate strongly to the way she invokes a nostalgia for nature. I also like the Ottawa based artist Peter Colbert for his ability to convey the essential forms of abstracted landscapes.

What kind of artwork do you have in your home?

Besides my own work, which I hang for a time to decide if and what I need to do to bring each piece to completion, I have works by Jeff Bierk, Bhat Boy, and Jennifer Ryder-Jones many of which I got by swapping artworks.

Why is it important for people to have art in their home or life?

When a person looks at a piece of art they love, they're moved. There's a flow of energy in them that literally lifts them up emotionally and spiritually. Who couldn't use more of that?

What do you listen to when you work?

Atmospheric techno, downtempo chillhop, some of which I compose myself..

In a previous life I was (a) ...

tiny portion of a supernova. (actually I suppose that would be a previous death.) In life, we are all the stuff of stars.

When did you start making art, and why?

Of course mostly all children draw, but I recall being praised for a particularly well done long shot of some tigers that I painted in grade one. I've been drawing and painting ever since. It fulfills a deep need in me to create.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Mississippi Mills Textile Museum
The Ten Collective

Select Past Exhibitions

Mississippi Mills Textile Museum
The Ten Collective


Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge, Ottawa
Works on Loan

University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory
Works on Loan


Gallery Hittite, Yorkville, Toronto, ON
Ongoing Exhibitions


Sivarilrasa Gallery, Almonte, ON


AIM Gallery,Mississippi Mills


Marina Malvada
Forsythe Scholarship


Vogue UK


Ripley's Believe It or Not
Best of 2011 Hardcover

The Huffington Post