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Apanaki Temitayo M was born in Toronto, but raised in Trinidad and Tobago. She is an author, spoken-word poet, actor and multimedia artist. Her canvas compositions are an expression of her Caribbean heritage and spirituality. Her one dimensional acrylic paintings evolved into multi-textured pieces that incorporate African textiles, crystals, beads and shells. Her first exploration into textile art through the YWCA Toronto Breakthrough Program Expressive Arts Program with the production Wearable Truths, as an artist-activist informing the community about women's perspective and experiences of violence. Her original textile art piece The Egungun, explores the re-imagining of Tribal mask with the use of textiles. It is currently showcased in the Workman Arts Being Scene 12th Annual Juried Exhibition in Hart House, University of Toronto, with openings at the Gladstone Hotel and Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival at Workman Arts. Apanaki was a part of the 90's poetry scene and with publications in PHOTI, Fresh Arts Literary Journal, Toronto Arts Council 1995; Black Girl Talk Anthology, published by Black Women and of Colour Press, 1995; recently in the ground breaking Caribbean Erotic Anthology, Poetry, Prose and Essays published by Peepal Tree Press, UK, 2010. She acted in the award winning independent movie Sistagod featured in the Toronto International Film Festival, 2006. She intends to explore all the places that textile art will take her.