Steve Banks talks to Canadian Integral artist Gaia Orion about how she came to Integral, her experience of living an Integral lifestyle, and putting together exhibitions of Integral artists at the Integral European Conferences since 2016. Steve and Gaia go on to talk about three of Gaia’s exquisite paintings.
Gaia Orion has gained international recognition and received awards of excellence from, among others, the Manhattan Arts International and the Eurasian Art Union in Russia; as well as being favorably reviewed by New York art critic Jill Conner. She has exhibited in Paris, New York, San Francisco, Toronto and Moscow; as well as in Mexico, Columbia, Spain, Germany, Hungary and Bali.
Her artwork has been featured in over 100 different publications in Canada, USA, France, UK, Taiwan and China; with 25 cover pages and numerous articles and interviews. She has been the curator for European Integral conferences and the Global Mindful Institute events. She is a founding member of the Toronto Association for Transformational Leaders and a member of its affiliated New York chapter.
Art has always been a lasting reflection of historical stages since the dawn of humanity. Gaia’s colourful, detailed, harmonious oil paintings are narratives of our personal and collective stories in these present challenging times. She deeply feels the call to return to the natural and the spiritual and that it is an absolute necessity for us as a species to take responsibility in our next evolutionary step. Consequently, the artist is actively engaged with her artwork and has collaborated in many projects worldwide working toward constructive and positive change.
Furthermore, although her themes are universal they also speak more specifically with strong feminine images inviting women to embrace and reconnect to who they are in the full scope of their power and capacities. Gaia has built a successful international art career and is also a certified creativity coach. She is a mentor for anyone willing to ignite their art career and brings art-based learning tools to the corporate world. Gaia is passionate about leading a fulfilling, healthy life. With her creativity she has found her way of sharing and connecting deeply with people.
She is originally from Paris, France, where she studied and graduated with honours as an architect. She now lives in nature North of Toronto.