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Born in Montreal, Canada; currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany.

Born in Montreal, Canada; currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany.

photo by Alp Klanten, 2016

Selected Solo Shows


Excerpts From the Faggots
Queer Anarchiv, Split.


A Berlin Diary
Schmidt & Handrup, Berlin.


Archive Kabitt, Berlin, Germany.


GV and the Glorious Bird
Canadian Lesbian & Gay Archives, Toronto.
Excerpts from the Lurking Drawings
Art Gallery of Peterborough, Peterborough. ON (curated by Carla Garnet).


Opera for Drella
Jack the Pelican Presents, Brooklyn, NY.


Wish You Were Here
Paul Petro Multiples and Small Works, Toronto.


Idiot Sketches
Lennox Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto.

Selected Group Shows


Sex Life
SAW Gallery, Ottawa.
Perrotin Gallery, New York.


A Strong Desire
PS120, Berlin.
curated by Stephen Truax, Yossi Milo Gallery, New York.
AA Bronson's Garten der Lüste
KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin.


Odarodle - An Imaginary their_story of naturepeoples, 1535-2017
curated by Ashkan Sepahvand, The Schwules* Museum, Berlin.
From the Archives to Hot-Off-the-Press
Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto.
curated by Gabriel Maher, Roberto Perez Gayo and Carly Rose Bedford, Onomatopee, Eindhoven.
Unseen Art Fair
with Dead Darlings, Amsterdam.
The Nothing That Is
curated by Bill Thelen, The Carnegie, Covington, KY.


Frieze Art Fair
as part of AA Bronson's Queer Vitrines installation with Maureen Paley, London.
NADA Art Fair
with Schmidt & Handrup, New York.


A Matter Theatre
Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin.
KW Institute for Contemporary Art (performance for the Berlin Biennale), Berlin. Curated by Natasha Ginwala.


In the Image of
Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Toronto.


Zweigstelle Gallery, Berlin.


Go Figure
MKG127, Toronto.


New Work (w/Will Munro & Stephen Andrews)
Paul Petro Special Projects, Toronto.
Old School
Jack the Pelican Presents, Brooklyn, NY.
Postcards from Toronto
Gladstone Hotel, Toronto. (curated by Katharine Mulherin)
Art With Heart (auction)
Richie’s Contemporary Art, Toronto.
On Representation
Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto.
Wild Things
Paul Petro Special Projects, Toronto.


Christmas Spice
Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto
NIGHTLIGHT – Bright Light
Nuit Blanche Installation, Toronto.


In Tents City
Edward Day Gallery, Toronto.
Remote Splendour
64 Steps Gallery, Toronto.
Skin of the City
Gales Gallery, Toronto.


Small Comets
64 Steps Gallery, Toronto.
Pot Modern
Zsa Zsa Gallery, Toronto.
Imaging a Lover’s Discourse
Toronto Free Gallery, Toronto.

Special Projects


The Krishtalka Tarot
Tarot deck multiple produced with Perrotin Editions.
editioned postcard project with Syncro/Europa.


Krishtalka Books
An artist books and multiples installation in collaboration with Esther Schipper Gallery, Berlin.

2014 – 16

Online publication project with the Witte de With Review.

2013 – 15

A Berlin Diary
Online publication project with Hazlitt Magazine.


HB: Sex Life. Montreal: Editions HB, 2019.

Sepahvand, Ashkan, ed. Odarodle: Sittengeschichte eines Naturmysteriums 1535-2017 / An imaginary their_story of Naturepeoples 1535-2017.
Berlin: Eldorado Editions, 2018.

Ayas, Defne and Adam Kleinman, eds. WdW Review: Arts, Culture and Journalism in Revolt, Vol. 1 (2013-2016) and WdW Review: Arts, Culture and Journalism in Revolt, Vol. 1.1 (2016-2017). Rotterdam: Witte de With Publishers, 2017

Berghain: Kunst im Klub. Berlin: Hatje Cantz, 2015

Klingan, Katrin and Ashkan Sepahvand, eds. Grain, Vapor, Ray: Textures of the Anthropocene. Cambridge, Mass.: Haus der Kulturen der Welt and MIT Press, 2014

Arcana. Berlin: Archive Kabinett, 2013 (exhibition catalogue)

Berlin/Toronto: 1982-2012. Berlin: Zweigstelle Gallery, 2012 (exhibition catalogue)

Headmaster Magazine 1, October 2011: 25-29

Carte Blanche 2: Painting. Toronto: Magenta Publishing for the Arts, 2008

Art With Heart. Toronto: Casey House Foundation, 2008 (auction catalogue)

Kingston Portrait Prize. Kingston, ON: National Portrait Foundation, 2008 (exhibition catalogue)

Selected publications


Illustration for Alex Tieghi-Walker's "A Reputation for Pleasure,"
Pleasure Garden (Spring/Summer 2017) p.18-19.


“Drawn Criticism: An Art Review in Pictures,”
Canadian Art Online,
“Wilkommenskultur Sketchbook 1-3,”
Witte de With Review,


“Befores, Durings and Afters,”
Stephen Andrews: POV, ed Kitty Scott. Toronto: Art Gallery of Ontario, pp 125-135.


“Marcus 1-5”
Witte de With Review,

2013 – 15

"A Berlin Diary,"
Hazlitt Magazine,


“A Self-Portrait of AA Bronson,”
The Globe and Mail, (Tues, Oct 8) Arts Section, p. 1
“It's Here, It's Queer, But Who is it For?”
The Globe and Mail Book Reviews, (Sat, May 4)


“Toronto Curating Itself: An Unhistory,”
Canadian Art Online,


“You and Me and Her and Us and Them: A Conversation on Using and Being Used,”
C Magazine 109 (Spring 2011)
“So You Want to Be an Artist?”
Bookforum Online


“Luc Tuymans: Wrestling With Representation,”
Canadian Art Online


“Going Public,”
CBC Arts Online
“Brice Marden,”
C Magazine 98 (Summer 2008)
“Art Market Education”
C magazine 96 (Winter 2008)
“Women’s Realm,”
catalogue essay for Allyson Mitchell’s “Serious Fur” at Stride Gallery, Calgary


“The Wide Camp Sea, or Notes on Sontag,”
Forum 4 (Spring 2007)
“Neo Rauch,”
C Magazine 93 (Spring 2007)

2006 – 11

Regular publications as the visual arts columnist for
Xtra! Magazine


“Notes on Glad Day,”
published as part of the catalogue to “(Mary Mary) Are These the Hands that Cut?” a programme of videos presented at MoCCA by the Pleasure Dome Collective.

Selected Press

Dubé, Peter, “Sex Life: Homoeroticism in Drawing,” Espace no 124, Winter 2020. pp. 84-85.

Barbu, Adam, “Sex Life: Homoeroticism in Drawing, Saw Gallery, Ottawa,” Esse no 98, 2020.

Joanny-Furtin, Michel, “Homoérotisme à dessein,” Fugues, September 2019. p. 128.

Delgado, Jerome, “Au centre SAW, un érotisme militant,” Le Devoir, August 13, 2019.

Sandals, Leah, “8 Lessons from an Artist-Run Centre’s Massive Expansion,” Canadian Art Online, July 29, 2019.

Stewart, Chris, ” “Them”,” Gayletter, July 29, 2019.

Yerebakan, Osman Can, “Claiming a Seat at the Table,” L’Officiel Art, June 20, 2019.

Cascone, Sarah, “Editor’s Picks: 19 Things Not to Miss in New York’s Art World This Week,” Artnet News, June 17, 2019.

Čajdo, Marino, “Sholem Krishtalka-Dnevički Odlomci od Pedera i Njegovih Prijatelka,” Vox Feminae, November 13, 2018. [Croatian; “Sholem Krishtalka – Diary Excerpts of Faggots and Their Friends”]

Pejić, Ivana, “Čarobno unutar svakodnevnog,”, November 7, 2018. [Croatian; “Magic in the Everyday”]

Telling, Ollie, “Four artists busting the stereotype that queer art has to be doom and gloom,” Dazed Digital, July 19, 2018.

Christie-Dervaux, Millie, “Intimacy,” The Brooklyn Rail, July 11, 2018.

Goldstein, Caroline, “Beat the Heat With These 19 Summer Group Shows on View Now in New York,” Artnet, July 4, 2018.

Truax, Stephen, “Why Young Queer Artists are Trading Anguish for Joy,” Artsy Magazine, November 7, 2017.

Dupuis, Chris, “Is Berlin Really an Artist’s Shangri-La?,” CBC Arts Online, February 8, 2017.

Andrews, TL, “Honesty Over Truth: Sholem Krishtalka’s Illustrated Diaries of Queer Berlin,” Berlin Art Link, August 8, 2016.

Valelly, Jonathan, “Jonathan’s Pick: A Berlin Diary,” Broken Pencil, March 9, 2016.

Diakiw, Larissa, “A Day in the Life,” The Town Crier, February 19, 2016.

Matthes, Ronny, “Sholem Krishtalka’s gezeichnetes Berlin Tagebuch ist besser als ein Porno,” Vice Germany, April 7, 2015.

Vaughan, RM, “I Don’t Give a Shit About Authenticity: Sholem Krishtalka performs his Reveal in A Berlin Diary,” Momus, March 30, 2015.

Nakiska, Tempe, “AA Bronson Selects Berlin-based Artist Sholem Krishtalka,” Hero Magazine, October 7, 2014.

Vaughan, RM, “Sholem Krishtalka at the Art Gallery of Peterborough,” Globe and Mail, (Fri, Jun 3) Arts Section

King, Patric, “Today’s Obsession: Sholem Krishtalka” Imprint Online, January 3, 2011.

Stecher, Hanno, “Sholem Krishtalka: Lurking” Catch Fire, November, 2010.

Holstad, Christian, “Top Ten” Artforum (November, 2010) pp 149-150

Curcio, Seth, “Sholem Krishtalka,” Daily Serving (April 12, 2009)

Caffery, John. “Celebrating Sholem Krishtalka.” Xtra! Magazine Online (March 9, 2009)



The Soiree Retreat (w/Ragnar Kjartansson, Asdis Sif Gunnarsdottir & Davið þor Jonsson), Banff Centre, Alberta.


Library of the National Gallery of Canada

Morris & Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

New York Public Library, New York, USA

Bank of Montreal, Toronto, Canada

Schulich School of Business, Toronto, Canada

Awards & Grants

Toronto Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant, 2008

Art @ Suite 500 purchase prize, 2006

Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award, 2005

FRQSC (Fonds de Recherche Québécois en Société et Culture) grant (ranked 4th in Visual Arts category in the province of Quebec), 2004

Shortlisted for the Commonwealth Scholarship, 2002

Stevenson Colour Scholarship, 2000