Our core mission is to embrace and support the work of national and international contemporary creators working in the field of art + design. In addition to our in-house programming, SAMARA C will work closely with exhibiting partners and guest curators to present thoughtful and engaging exhibits that will entice the art-curious and the seasoned collector alike.
Located in Toronto’s historic Kensington Market neighbourhood, SAMARA Contemporary contributes to the longstanding history and bright future of the area as an innovative and inclusive hub for creative culture.
Rafi Ghanaghounian has been a staple in the Toronto visual arts and design community as an artist, independent curator, and consultant for over twenty years. Ghanaghounian was founding director and curator of NAoush Gallery, and most recently the Executive Director of Keep Six Contemporary Art. He has exhibited and organized events that represent both emerging and established artists, many of whom have since been featured in international exhibitions and fairs and represented by respected galleries and museums. With his newest project, Samara Contemporary, Ghanaghounian is looking forward to continuing to work closely with both national and international artists and designers in addition to collaborating with galleries and public institutions to ensure the highest quality of exhibitions that attract both the art-curious and collectors alike.