Tyra Maria Trono is a filipinx artist based in Tiohtià:ke/Mooniyang/Montreal. Recently, graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography from Concordia University in 2021. Their work deals with personal themes such as individual identity and her direct social communities. It’s connected in a system of meaning that deals with the idea of the revival of childhood and the continual discovery of personal identity which encompasses the notion of their cultural heritage. Themes of nostalgia, autobiography, and identity are often explored in her photography. 

In 2017, she founded a photo collective called For the Sake of Analog alongside Edson Niebla Rogil and John Mendoza. It has been a platform where artistic contributions that are presented to their collective, are evaluated by and for people whose identities belong to marginalized communities. The collective’s first mandate is to emphasize the diversity in the new generation of artists who are based in Montreal and that is by showcasing the richness that it holds. They aim to give opportunities to BIPOC artists whose work does not always conform to the aesthetic system that shapes the artistic landscape of the city. Those opportunities are thus looked at as an attempt to express a voice and to validate its existence amongst others.


2021 - Gallery and Studio Management, Anna Leonowens Gallery Certificate, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design 
2021 - Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Arts, major in Photography, with Distinction, Concordia University
2016 - Diplôme d'études collégiales in Communications, Media, and Studio Arts and Certificate of Women Studies, Vanier College

Curatorial / Jury Work

Art Residency
2020-2021 The Fine Arts Reading Room Residency, Concordia University

Selected Group Exhibitions
2021 Imagined Futures, Yiara Magazine & Concordia Art History Vitrine, Coordinated by Yasmeen Kanaan, Online Exhibition
2021 I AM FROM HERE / JE SUIS D’ICI, Rad Hourani Foundation, Montreal
2021 Hereafter, Quartier des spectacles x Concordia Photo Collective, Projection, Montreal
2020 BFA Show 2020, Serving The People (STP), Online Exhibition
2019  Art Jam Montreal vol.28, NOMAD Life, Montreal
2019  immiGRANDS, BAnQ Vieux Montreal, Montreal
2019  Contre-Sens, Gallery 2112, Montreal
2018  For the Sake of Analog, Second Edition, Ctrllab Art House and Gallery, Montreal
2018  For the Sake of Analog, First Edition, Espace Pop, Montreal
2017  Femmes Cachées, Livart, Montreal

Film screening
2016  Vanier Video Festival, Vanier College, Montreal

Selected Grants and Awards

2021 The Fine Arts Student Alliance (FASA), Community Contribution, For the Sake of Analog, Concordia University
2020  Production Grant for The FARR Residency program, Concordia University
2020  The Fine Arts Student Alliance (FASA), Special Project Grant, Concordia University
2020  Concordia Council on Student life (CCSL), Special Project Funding, Concordia University
2019  The Fine Arts Student Alliance (FASA), Large Special Project Grant, Concordia University
2019  Concordia Student Union (CSU), Large Project, Concordia University 
2018  The Fine Arts Student Alliance (FASA) Grant, Special Project Grant, Concordia University
2014  Lieutenant Governor’s Youth Medal (Bronze)

2020  Underdog Address Book, 2020
2020  Art Matters Festival’s catalogue, Edition 2020
2018  For the Sake of Analog catalogue, Edition 2, June 2018
2018  For the Sake of Analog catalogue, Edition 1, February 2018

Artist Talk

2021 2020-2021 Resident Podcast: Tyra Maria Trono with Quin, Fine Arts Reading Room

Publication and Press
2021  Rad Hourani « Le Québec, c’est chez moi ! », La Presse

2020  Concordia’s VAV Gallery moves forward with hybrid exhibitions, The Link
2020  L’étendue de la médiation: la reconnaissance des pratiques individuelles
2020  Spotlight on Tyra Maria Trono, The Concordian, 2020
2019  “Spotlight on Concordia Fine Arts at the Festival du Nouveau Cinema”, Calvin Cashen, The Concordian, 2019
2019  "Local Collective For the Sake of Analog Presents Show During MURAL Festival", Lazaros Kalipolidis, The Link, 2019
2019  "For the Sake of Painting and Photography", Chloё Lalonde, The Concordian, 2019

Related experience

2021- Present - Préposée à l’accueil, Maison de la Culture Côte-des-Neiges, Ville de Montreal
2021 - Teacher Assistance, Internship,  Photography Level II, Vanier College
2020-2021 - Board of Directors, Art Matters, Concordia University
2020-2021 - Board of Directors, The Concordia Undergraduate Journal of Art History (CUJAH), Concordia University
2020-2021 - Outreach Coordinator, The VAV Gallery, Concordia University
2019-Present - Visitor’s Experience Team, Fondation Phi pour l'Art Contemporain, Montreal
2019-2020 - Exhibition Faciliator, Art Matters, Concordia University
2019 - Coordinator for Studio Arts, Spotlight on Concordia, FNC, Montreal
2019 - Photographer, Technoculture, Art and Games Research Centre, Concordia University
2018-2020 - Photo Lab Technician, Photo St-Denis, Montreal
2018 - Photographer, Moonshine in collaboration with Boiler Room (NYC), Montreal
2017-Present - Co-founder/Curator, For The Sake of Analog, Montreal
2017-2019 - Photographer, Never Was Average, Montreal
2017-2018 - Photo Journalist, Éklectik Média, Montreal


2020-2021 - Mentor, Fine Arts Student Alliance Mentorship Program, Concordia University
2018 - Photographer, Lez Spread The Word, Montreal, Montreal
2017 - Volunteer, Fantasia International Film Festival, Montreal


Tyra Maria Trono