Artist Scientist

Hey there, welcome to my page. I'm Geoff, and I'm a visual artist. My practice is centred around investigations of dysphoria that arise from conflicts with identity, bonds to community, and cultural inheritance. My research is heavily motivated by my own lived experiences and observations growing up in Canada as a queer first-generation Chinese-Canadian. Currently, I live and work out of Tkaronto / Toronto, Canada.

In my previous life, I was trained and worked as a medical animator and illustrator. My area of specialization was in science animation, particularly in matters of preproduction design and art direction. I still occasionally take on select health communications projects via Carbon Coded Studios.

 
 

Bio

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Geoffrey Lok-Fay Cheung is a visual artist and biomedical communicator. In his artistic practice, Cheung is interested in visualizing the tensions of self, interpersonal, and generational identities—how attractive and repulsive forces combine and balance to create the networks that bind individuals to each other and to community. His art often draws heavily on his own experiences as a queer first generation Canadian of Chinese descent. Cheung is a multimedia artist who uses painting, photography, as well as videographic techniques in his works—technical skills he acquired in his previous practice.

 

Cheung graduated with a Master of Science in Biomedical Communications from the University of Toronto, and has worked as an award winning medical illustrator and animator for over 15 years. He was a production artist for Digizyme Inc in Boston MA for most of the 2010s, working on notable projects such as the Boston Museum of Science’s Hall of Human Life and the digital textbook, E.O. Wilson’s Life on Earth. He is an instructor on the science visualization platform, Clarafi, and he was the previous Head Media Editor for the Biomedical Communications Alumni Association and creator of the MScBMC Viewbook. Geoff founded and runs Carbon Coded Studios.

Curriculum Vitae

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EDUCATION

2022+ • Master of Fine Arts (Candidate), Emily Carr University, Vancouver BC

2010 • Master of Science in Biomedical Communications, University of Toronto, Toronto ON

2008 • Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Life Science, Queen’s University, Kingston ON

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS, SHOWCASES

Upcoming • “Rencontre,” Gallery 1313, Group Exhibition, Toronto ON

Upcoming • “TOAF 61,” Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, Juried Art Fair, Toronto ON

Upcoming • “Surfacing,” Twist Gallery, Group Exhibition, Toronto ON

2022 • “Unyielding Earth: Contemporary views of climate change,” Esperanto Gallery, Juried Group Exhibition, Markham ON

2021 • “Societal Disruptors,” Biomedical Communications 75 Virtual Exhibition, Master of Science in Biomedical Communications, University of Toronto, Toronto ON

2021 • “BMC 75: A Retrospective Catalogue Celebrating Biomedical Communications at the University of Toronto,” Master of Science in Biomedical Communications, University of Toronto, Toronto ON

2018 • BioImages 2018 Salon, Biocomm 2018 88th Annual Meeting, Savanna GA

2018 • Newton 2018 Salon, 73rd Annual Meeting of the Association of Medical Illustrators, Newton MA

2017 • BioImages 2017 Salon, Biocomm 2017 87th Annual Meeting, Portland OR

2015 • Biomedical Communications 70th Anniversary Gala Salon, Master of Science in Biomedical Communications, University of Toronto, Toronto ON

2010 • Portland 2010 Salon, 65th Annual Meeting of the Association of Medical Illustrators, Portland OR

2009 • Richmond 2009 Salon, 64th Annual Meeting of the Association of Medical Illustrators, Richmond VA

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

2016–present • Director and Founder, Carbon Coded Studios, Toronto ON

2017–2020 • Editor, Biomedical Communications Alumni Association, Toronto ON

2015–2017 • Instructor, Clarafi, Brookline MA

2011–2016 • Medical Animator and Illustrator, Digizyme, Brookline MA

2010–2011 • Scientific Visualizer, TheVisualMD, New York NY

2007–2009 • Researcher, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Queen’s University, Kingston ON

2004–2008 • Medical Illustrator, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Queen’s University, Kingston ON

EVENTS & PRESENTATIONS

 

2021 • Speaker, “Creating a Viewbook for our students, our community, and our profession,” 75th Annual Meeting of the Association of Medical Illustrators, Online Event

2020 • Artist Talk, “Way too many hats: My journey through the world of Biomedical Communications,” Master of Science in Biomedical Communications, University of Toronto, Toronto ON

2020 • Moderator, “Perspectives on Medical Illustration Outside of Canada” and “Perspectives on Freelancing as a Medical Illustrator,” UNCON 2020, Biomedical Communications Alumni Association, Online Event

2017 • Panelist, “Biomedical Communications Alumni Panel,” Master of Science in Biomedical Communications, University of Toronto, Toronto ON

2016 • Speaker, “Finding Clarafi,” UNCON 2016, Biomedical Communications Alumni Association, Toronto ON

2010 • Speaker, “Biomedical Games: Designing Learning Experiences for the Next Generation,” 65th Annual Meeting of the Association of Medical Illustrators, Portland OR

AWARDS

2015 • People’s Choice Award—First Place, awarded for best-in-show artwork in salon exhibit, Biomedical Communications 70th Anniversary Gala Salon, Toronto ON

2010 • Award of Merit, awarded for best editorial illustration at industry conference salon, 65th Annual Meeting of the Association of Medical Illustrators, Portland OR

2010 • Scholarship, Wendy Kates Award, awarded for outstanding academic achievement, Master of Science in Biomedical Communications, University of Toronto, Toronto ON

2010 • Scholarship, CIHR Health Research Communications Award, awarded for achievement and commitment to health communications research, Canadian Institute of Health Research, Ottawa ON

2009 • Scholarship, CIHR Pain Award, awarded for achievement in Biomedical Communications for continuing research in pain communications and visualization, Canadian Institute of Health Research, Ottawa ON

2009 • B.C. Decker Award, awarded for excellence in 3D visualization in science communication, Master of Science in Biomedical Communications, University of Toronto, Toronto ON

2009 • Keith L. Moore Award, awarded for outstanding didactic qualities, scientific insights, and artistic excellence in biomedical illustration, Master of Science in Biomedical Communications, University of Toronto, Toronto ON

 

Contact info

 

If you would like to follow me, please check out the following links and socials.

Visual Arts

WEB: geoffreycheungart.com

IG: @geoffrey.l.cheung

Science

WEB: carboncoded.co

IG: @carbon.coded

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