Denise Hawrysio was born in Toronto, received her BFA from Queen’s University, Kingston, and her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. She works in a variety of media including site-specific installation, book works and print media. She has received fellowships for residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the prestigious MacDowell Colony in the United States, University of British Columbia, and University of Alberta. Her book works are in collections at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Chelsea Art Library, Yale University, the Bruce Peel Collection in Edmonton, and the National Gallery of Canada. She has taught at the University of British Columbia, the Architectural Association of Great Britain, the University of Southampton, and the University of the Arts London. She has exhibited at Kunstlerhaus Bethanien (Berlin), Uppsala Konstmuseum (Sweden), The Showroom (London), Mercer Union (Toronto), Dare Dare Gallery (Montréal), Overgaden Institute of Contemporary Art (Copenhagen), Simon Fraser University Gallery (Vancouver) and Dundee Contemporary Art, (Scotland).