Virginia Mak is a prominent Toronto-based photographer who is well known for her luminous images of anonymous figures.
Fostered through a deep-rooted fascination with fictional characters, Mak infuses her photographic work with poetic references to icons from classic literature, folklore and mythology. By staging scenarios around illustrious story lines and characters, Mak aims to visually depict familiar figures and re-interpret the narrative. Known for its soft focus and minimized light values, her work disrupts the boundary between painting and photography.
Mak was born in Hong Kong. After graduating with a Philosophy Degree from the University of Calgary, she went on to study Photography at the Ontario College of Art. Mak has exhibited her work internationally. She is a recipient of project, exhibition and travel grants from the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. Her work has been written about in the Calgary Herald, the Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail; and featured in magazines such as Prefix and PhotoLife. Mak's photographs can be found in public and private collections in North America and Hong Kong.