Rae Johnson was born in Winnipeg and moved to Ottawa when she was eight. She began attending children's art classes then at the Ottawa School of Art. In 1975 she moved to Toronto to study at the New School of Art and later graduated from the Ontario College of Art where she won the Forsyth Award for painting in 1980. She is currently associate professor at OCAD.
Rae Johnson has been exhibiting her paintings nationally and internationally since 1978. She is co-founder, in 1981, of the seminal artists' collective, ChromaZone, and she was active within the organization as co-director and curator until its conclusion in 1986. Until his death in 1991 she was represented by Carmen Lamanna and she is currently represented by Paul Petro Contemporary Art in Toronto. Internationally Rae has shown at the 49th Parallel in New York City; at Galerie Walcheturm in Zurich; as part of O KromaZone in West Berlin; and in a show called Bambino Miracolo at the Canadian Cultural Centre in Rome. Her work was featured in Toronto Painting '84 at the Art Gallery of Ontario, and has also shown her work at the Art Gallery of Peterborough, the Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery in Owen Sound, the Robert MacLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa and at the Justin M. Barnicke Gallery at the University of Toronto's Hart House.
In May 1998 Rae was a senior artist in residence at the Banff Centre during a symposium called Women and Paint. That was followed in June by a solo exhibition at Toronto's Lonsdale Gallery. In the fall of 2000 her solo exhibition, Dream Girl, appeared at the Art Gallery of Peterborough and a ChromaZone group show was mounted at the Macdonald Stewart Gallery at the University of Guelph.
After spending many years in the rural community of Flesherton, Ontario, Rae Johnson has recently returned to Toronto.
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