Mina Totino lives and works in Vancouver. Best known for her work in painting, Totino has exhibited widely, appearing in solo and group exhibitions in Montreal, Toronto and Berlin. Her studio practice, teaching, writing and curating are informed by her continued research into the history of art and painting. Totino first came to prominence in the 1985 Young Romantics exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Totino’s work is informed by contemporary criticism, especially literary and film criticism that have analyzed the position of the imaginary spectator. In 1982, Totino received a diploma in art from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. Her work has been exhibited at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver; Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver; Vancouver Art Gallery; Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; Oboro Gallery, Montreal; Diaz Contemporary, Toronto; Galerie Likofabrik, Berlin and the Latvian Center of Contemporary Art, Riga. She received the Jack and Doris Shadbolt Foundation VIVA Award in 2014.