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Cristal Buemi is a Puerto Rican Canadian Latinx multimedia artist, who holds a BA from Toronto Metropolitan University and an MA from Bau, Design College of Barcelona.   While multidisciplinary by nature, (stop motion animation, video, photography, collage and digital design), her work pushes frame by frame boundaries by exploring the materiality and inherent beauty found in the minutia, while experimenting with abstract and sustainable storytelling principles through a plethora of natural and recycled materials.  Both her collaborative and individual work have been exhibited worldwide including its inclusion in The New York City Independent Film Festival, Animac (Spain), Harbourfront Centre’s Pandemic Postcards Series and broadcasted on AMC and HBO.   


Cristal’s diverse education and artistic practice both personal and industry based, have influenced her to become a flexible experimental thinker and maker.  This method of practice has inspired her passion for pedagogy and exploratory creative expression through community art education in collaboration with various organizations and academic spaces such as OCAD University’s Experimental Animation program, TIFF, SKETCH, TAIS, Big Brothers Big Sisters Canada, and the Toronto District School board, both in person and online. Cristal’s teaching philosophy is all about an engaged pedagogy while creating safe, flexible and accessible learning environments, covering various methods of experimental art making.  As a facilitator she has had the opportunity to work with participants of various ages and backgrounds by leading artistic workshops, talks, camps and courses to help advance their creative practices.  Cristal most recently, has co-founded Frame by Frame, a research and programming initiative to create meaningful opportunities for individuals with diverse abilities to share their unique perspectives.   


Learn more about my creative journey
on the Animation Industry Podcast. 

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