art, magic, words & play

Hi, I’m Elfie. Nice to meet you!

Elfie Kalfakis is an artist inspired by play, esoterica, healing trauma, community and consciousness. Her art is an extension of her solitary spiritual practice and a result of her 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. She has a passion for female empowerment and mental health advocacy.

She was trained as an architect, obtaining her Masters of Architecture from the University of Waterloo. Having practised both nationally and internationally, she eventually found herself in the field of education. Currently Elfie is a design communication professor at Conestoga and Fanshawe colleges.  She also runs Elfie Kalfakis Studio where she teaches adult and children’s creative studios. 

Elfie’s self-published oracle deck, the White Owl Mystic Arcana, has sold over in 24 countries internationally. She has also published other collections of poetry and graphic art. As the resident astrologer for the independent Waterloo publication, the Community Edition, she hopes to offer insight into the misunderstood world of the occult. Her passion for personal healing and working through trauma has led her to run weekly workshops as a visiting artist with the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region.


Bachelor of Architectural Studies
University of Waterloo

Masters of Architecture
University of Waterloo

Bachelor of Education
York University


Art is my Religion, Multimedia Performance, KW Art Gallery, Kitchener, ON, presented by Feminine Harbour , 2022

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

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


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

recent work experience

Professor – Fanshawe College, School of Design 2021- Present
Conestoga College, School of Creative Industries 2021 – Present
Communications Technology Teacher — WRDSB, 2017 – 2019
Studio Founder + Instructor
White Owl Mystic, 2016 – present
Studio Owner + Instructor— ArtCave, Toronto, ON, 2014 – 2016

design work experience

Intern Architect — Wallman Architects, Toronto, ON, 2010
Intern Architect
— Hariri Pontarini Architects, Toronto, ON, 2010
Intern Designer — Young & Wright Architects, Toronto, ON, 2010 – 2011
Intern Designer
— Arquitectonica, Paris, France, 2006
Intern Designer
— Elkus Manfredi, Boston, MA, 2005