Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ
Justin Canha Bio
About The Artist
Justin Canha creates emotive charcoal portraits and paintings, as well as computer-generated animations of invented characters. His mark-making is decisive and expressive, infusing his drawings with strong contours and bold gestures. Canha's drawings and illustrations demonstrate the intensity and perspective of the autistic mind and serve as a powerful form of communication.
Born in 1989, Canha is the youngest artist represented by Ricco/Maresca. He graduated high school in 2009, and then studied at both the Montclair State College and Bloomfield College. He works part-time as a cake decorator, elementary school art teacher, animator, and illustrator. His work has appeared in several rap videos, documentary films, and children's books. Recently, he has also been commissioned to illustrate a new line of math teaching books for young children on the autistic spectrum called IBET (Integrated Behavioral Experiential Teaching). Aspects of his autistic and artistic life have been described in two recent documentaries, Autism: A Different Way of Communicating and Sidecars.
His work first appeared on the New York art scene in 2005, in the Autism/Aspergers/Art exhibition at Ricco/Maresca Gallery, and since then has been exhibited at The Cooper Union, the Rhode Island School of Design, Pace University, and included in the exhibition Timeless: The Art of Drawing at the Morris Museum, Morristown, New Jersey, 2008. Justin Canha's animations received an honorable mention by Jerry Saltz, who juried the Studio Montclair Exhibit, Taboo, Montclair, NJ, 2005. In August 2006, Justin's artwork was featured in Oprah Magazine.
Courtesy of Ricco/Maresca Gallery
Justin Canha Gallery Art
Ricco/Maresca Gallery, New York, NY