Elfie Kalfakis

Elfie Kalfakis is an artist inspired by the concept of play, the occult and consciousness. Her art is both an extension of her solitary spiritual practice and an unyielding captivation with chance and synchronicity. Her work is multidisciplinary, intuitive and uses mediums such as, but not limited to: collage, film, illustration and street art. She aspires to use her artwork as a means of breaking down stigmas and barriers within popular culture towards metaphysical concepts and has a passion for female empowerment, mental health advocacy and understanding the collective unconscious.

Elfie was raised in a Greek-Cypriot family and her work is rooted in the deep traditions of her upbringing. She has studied astrology and occult concepts for over 15 years. More recently, she has studied with the late shaman and professor, Antonio Gil.

Professionally, Elfie was trained as an architect, obtaining her Masters of Architecture from the University of Waterloo – working as a design intern in Paris, France, Boston, USA and Toronto, Ontario and studied in Rome, Italy. She then obtained a Bachelor of Education and worked in both private and public schools teaching media, design and visual arts. She has owned and operated an art studio in Toronto: ArtCave . Elfie currently teaches at the School of Creative Industries in Conestoga College.

Elfie’s self-published deck, the White Owl Mystic Arcana, has been sold all around the world. She is currently the resident astrologer at the Community Edition. Her self-published adult-picture book entitled, Butterfly: A Tale of Misogyny and Systemic Abuse was made possible through the help of crowd funding and is currently available at major retailers and showcased at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival. Elfie has also created a variety of public performance projects in Toronto, on Rogers Public Television and in South Western Ontario. Elfie also owns and operates White Owl Mystic, a mystical/intuitive art and studio.

publications

Poems I Wrote on My Smith-Corona in 2020
2021

A Small Collection of Specialized Spreads – V2
Contributor, 2020

Butterfly: A Tale of Misogyny and Systemic Abuse
2020

Cosmic Relief, Monthly Column
The Community Edition

White Owl Mystic Arcana
2008

On Yonge Street
2010

exhibitions

Poems I Wrote on My Smith Corona in 2020All White Gallery, Toronto, ON
Solo Multimedia Exhibition, 2022

Surrender –  The Quintessence Coalition, Season Two,  Rogers Television, ON
Community Television Film Series, 2022

Playtime Film Series
The Quintessence Coalition, Rogers Television Solo Performance 2021

Butterfly Launch
Solo Performance 2021

Collectively Empowered
Funded by Region of Waterloo Arts Fund and part of Femme Folks Fest

Have a Smashing Birthday, Steel Rails
Steel Rails Interactive Installation 2019

Zodiac Composited Images
QR8 KW 2018

Witch’s Tent
Steel Rails 2017 

Animagine a Time
Animating Danforth East Public Performance 2016

Apothecary Fairy Door
Danforth East Community Arts Association, “Danny’s Urban Fairies,” 2015

From Cave Art to Art Cave
ArtCave Public Performance 2015

Opaque Projector Live Animation
Pressgang Mutiny Performance2015