Gilda Monreal, also known as Fiya Bruxa, is an international award winning visual artist, actress, film maker, and writer. She is also Co-Director of the Essencia Arts Collective, who believes that art can be a tool for social change and community empowerment. Her artistic vision is a social one that questions and celebrates the beauty, dignity and perseverance of those who have, or continue to, overcome adversity and repression (whether human, animal or nature). In 2012, her work was recognised by the General Consul of Chile, on behalf of the Chilean Governement.
Gilda is a visual artist, working with several mediums including painting, muralism, video and installation. Her work has been exhibited in select galleries, and one can find her large-scale murals in the streets of Toronto, Montreal, New York, Sweden, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela and Senegal. Her murals and graffiti have been published in magazines, and she has participated in various international festivals including Sunfest 2013 & 2014 & 2015, Manifesto 2010/2012/2013/2014, Fire Within 2012, 2MGraff 2011, Tercer Mundo 2010, Planet Rock 2010, Massive Art 2009, and Muro Por la Paz 2009, Allende Arts For Peace 2008. She was selected to paint one of the “Play Me I’m Yours” pianos for the 2015 Panamerican Games, as well as commissioned to paint a mural dedicated to the late Nelson Mandela (Artscape/Daniel Spectrum).
Gilda is also a quadrilingual actress and writer for theatre, film and television. Her work has been recognised with best film awards, and has been produced & screened in Canada, the United States, France, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, and Chile.
Furthermore, Gilda is a community arts coordinator, teacher and project leader. She has taught mural and theatre workshops in many schools, communities, and conferences in Canada, Sweden, Chile, Venezuela, Brazil and Senegal.