My name is Aiden Lee. I am an abstract painter, teacher and human advocate. I was born with multiple diagnoses; Autism, ADHD, Anxiety.
One of the challenges I faced made it difficult to communicate and express my thoughts and feelings with those around me.
That is when I found art.
For the first time, I was able to express myself fully and it changed my life. I use different styles and mediums to create bright, bold colours, with a blend of different textures which inspire the mind, body and soul.
Did you know?
My artwork is featured on the cover of the Ontario Government's Autism Parent Resource Kit
From 2017-2022 I have taught over 4200 students in my Art From the Heart initiative. Teaching the power of art and unleashing your emotions on the canvas.
I received the 2017 YMCA Peace Medal Award for my work in the community, advocating for people with special needs through the power of art.
I created the ‘2019 Community Spirit Awards’ for the town of Oakville. Celebrating community leaders that impact positive change.
Ontario parliament is home to a mixed media art piece - entitled ‘Leaf in Canada’.
The painting, ‘Evolution’ resides in Temple Grandin's home in Boston, Massachusetts.
I received the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Community Service Award for my significant contributions to the communities.
The Iroquois Ridge Library in Oakville, Ontario is home to a 6 ft. canvas, entitled, ‘Story time’, combining recycled library books and mixed media materials.
Special Olympics Sweden is home to a piece that I did in collaboration with Dr. Frank Hayden, the Founder of Special Olympics.
My short film, 'My Side of the Spectrum' won the Inaugural Sandra Carpenter ReelAbilities Toronto Film Festival Student Film Award.
My side of the spectrum
Art isn’t just something I do; it’s a profound passion that speaks to my heart. My goal is to guide students and newcomers to art in exploring more about themselves. I strongly believe in the transformative power of art to connect with our emotions and the natural world around us.
Drawing from my personal experience as someone with autism, I bring a unique perspective to the creative process, and I hope to share my love for painting with everyone I meet.
The core principle guiding my work is “Throw your emotions onto a canvas instead of each other.” I aim to illustrate how art becomes a powerful language for expressing emotions.
The power of art
In 2017, I started an initiative aimed at volunteering to teach and inspire 150 students for Canada’s sesquicentennial. Since then ‘Art From the Heart’ has grown to huge leaps and bounds!
I have brought the power of art to over 5040 students all over Ontario and have expanded my classes to a virtual setting to include communities worldwide.
I’ve happily shared my deep love for art in various places – from orphanages and classrooms to special needs group homes. My journey as a teacher has taken me to Kenya, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and all around Ontario, where I’ve encouraged budding artists to embrace their vibrant abilities.
my side of the spectrum
Develop your own creativity, unleash your emotions and participate in a hands-on art class.
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