Cindy Scaife was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. Scaife graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD). For over 25 years Cindy has worked as a full-time professional artist, muralist and art educator.
Cindy creates her solo artwork within the Pop Surrealist style. She is greatly influenced by the art, design and advertising illustrations of the Atomic Age. Drawing heavily from the colour palette and optimism of this era, Cindy’s work reflects that time period's nostalgia and perceived innocence. Cindy arrived at her style of art by way of the 1950’s advertising industry’s development and use of the product mascot, an anthropomorphic character used to promote a company’s wares to a wide audience. Her work is also greatly influenced by her appreciation for classic children’s picture books, retro toys of the1950‘s and 1960’s.
Cindy has participated in many group exhibits, where her work was well received and in some cases featured in local media. The group show “Fordmainia” proved to be a pivotal exhibition for her and helped to launch her solo art exhibit career. Her two solo art exhibits in Toronto, True Patriot Grub, the exhibit was a tribute to Canadian cuisine and A Salt and Butter – Condiments and Their Culinary Companions, were both very well received. The popularity and international flavour of the second exhibit allowed her to reach and connect with a greater and more diverse audience beyond her home city.
In early 2017 Cindy had her first solo US exhibit at Chicago’s Rotofugi Gallery. Sweet Home Chicago, was her tribute to Chicago’s rich candy history. With this show she continued to explore the topic of food items by creating anthropomorphic imagery that examines the origins, cultural influences, history and significance of the favourite confections of Chicago, the United States and beyond.
With Cindy’s newest series of artwork, she continues to examine our relationship with food and our memories. By appealing to the viewer’s sense of place she aspires to connect with the their personal journey with some our most icon dishes and snacks.