Allan André is a Canadian multi-disciplinary artist of West Indian descent based in Ottawa Canada. André’s work has been featured in exhibits in New York, Orlando, Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal. In 2014, 2016 and 2019, André won the Ottawa regional championship for Art Battle Canada’s nation wide speed painting competition. In July 2016, 2019 and 2022 André won the Art Battle National Championship earning him the title of Canada’s best speed painter.
Allan’s installation work has also been featured twice at Ottawa’s “Nuit Blanche” a city wide dusk till dawn exhibition. In 2015 days after a “Black Lives Matter” message was defaced on Ottawa’s legal graffiti Tech Wall, along with artist Kalkidan Assefa he created a tribute to Sandra Bland. He’s also competed and won on CBC’s art competition show Crash Gallery.
Allan hosted a series of local art socials featuring live art and music with Dj Unique 1 at Grounded Kitchen Coffee and Bar every Thursday during the summer, fall and winter of 2017. Allan has mentored youth for Youth Ottawa’s Artistic Mentorship Program (AMP).
André’s philosophy is that life is art, he states: “We live in a collective masterpiece” and that “We all are artists who leave our signature on the canvas
we call the human experience by challenging our own spheres of influence in a way that will ripple through future generations.”