Elfie Kalfakis is an artist inspired by 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 rooted in a refined intuitive process, and is multidisciplinary. She aspires to use her artwork as a means of breaking down stigmas and barriers within popular culture towards metaphysical/spiritual concepts and has a passion for female empowerment and mental health advocacy.
Primarily driven by the intuitive process her work spans over a breadth of styles. In her experiments with mediums such as collage, printmaking, illustration, filmmaking, street art, and even fire, the common thread is her incessant need to communicate intuitive revelations accurately. Her work is an act of spiritual ritual and a journey of self-discovery and healing.
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. Her childhood godfather practiced Greek-Cypriot mysticism. More recently, she also studied with the late shaman and professor, Antonio Gil – a Cuban emigrant trained in Afro-Cuban spiritual practices.
Professionally, Elfie was trained as an architect. She obtained her Masters of Architecture from the University of Waterloo where she researched the practice of mapping the spirit of place and the capacity for street art to change the collective consciousness of place. She worked 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’s east end: ArtCave. Elfie currently teaches at the School of Creative Industries in Conestoga College and in the Bachelor of Interior Design at Fanshawe College. She also owns and operates White Owl Mystic, a mystical/intuitive art and studio.
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.
Poems I Wrote on My Smith-Corona in 2020
A Small Collection of Specialized Spreads – V2
Butterfly: A Tale of Misogyny and Systemic Abuse
Cosmic Relief, Monthly Column
The Community Edition
On Yonge Street
Burning Virgins Study #1, Mixed Media, NPCC, Toronto, ON, IMPACT 2022 Exhibition, 2022
Incipient Surrender – Solo Exhibition of Burning Virgins and Performance Art Ritual, Minds Eye Art Gallery, Kitchener, ON, 2022
Poems I Wrote on My Smith Corona in 2020 – All White Gallery, Toronto, ON
Solo Multimedia Exhibition, 2022
Surrender – The Quintessence Coalition, Season Two, Rogers Television, ON
Community Television Film Series, 2022
Toronto Comic Arts Festival, Toronto, ON
Showcasing Butterfly: A Tale of Misogyny and Systemic Abuse, 2021
Playtime Film Series
The Quintessence Coalition, Rogers Television Solo Performance 2021
Solo Performance 2021
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
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 Performance, 2015