reference: contemporary is committed to the development of emerging and mid-career artists focusing on abstract painting and sculpture. By engaging with the artist's intent and mode of production, we build the premise of skill as currency. We focus on work that extends ideas around minimalism, geometric abstraction, and modernism.

We partner with commercial galleries and art fairs to ensure our artists' works gain a broader international platform. We work with art consultants and architects to enliven spaces with compelling and contemporary work. 

Established by Maita Sayo in 2015, reference: contemporary is located in the Junction neighbourhood of Toronto's west end.