Fiya's work focuses on artistic community initiatives by putting an emphasis on education and empowerment.

Her lectures, community projects, and educational workshops look to question and raise awareness about

value systems, empowerment, expression, Mother Earth, and love.

Gilda Monreal, also known as Fiya, is an arts coordinator, facilitator, and teacher who has experience working in various communities for over 15 years. Her community work includes engaging with youth, adults, women’s groups, marginalised communities, prison inmates, schools, first nations communities, socially engaged conferences, and educative initiatives. This work has been completed internationally, either as an independent artist or along with the Essencia Art Collective of which she is Co-Director & Co-Founder, in Canada, the US, Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Sweden and Senegal. In her home city of Toronto, she has run workshops with Art of the Americas, Proyecto Latino, First Nations’ Reztore Pride, Beloved Movement (dedicated to end gender based violence), Driftwood Community Centre, Finch Ardwick Mural Project, Oakwood Collegiate, If I Ruled TO Scarborough Youth, Lost Lyrics, ExpresArte Toronto, AWA (Agriculture Workers Alliance) & UFCW (United Food and Commercial Workers Canada), and OCAD University (Ontario College of Art and Design). She also ran workshops throughout 5 years in Montreal, at the Maison des Jeunes CDN Montreal, and was the lead training coordinator of the Crisis Intervention branch at the Sexual Assault Centre of McGill's Student Society.

Fiya has been invited to give lectures or to speak on panels in various countries around the world, to groups ranging from 20 to 400 audience members. Some events include Artscape (Victoria Teatern, Malmö, Sweden), Manifesto (Toronto, Canada), Beyond Our Roots (Toronto, Canada), Emergence Symposium with Toronto Arts Foundation (Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Canada), and EducArte - Chilean Society for Art Education (Santiago, Chile).


Gilda Monreal (Fiya Bruxa), Co-Founder & Co-Director

"The Awakening"

Canada's largest mural created by Essencia Art Collective members: Fiya Bruxa, Shalak Attack, Bruno Smoky.