Born in Chatham, Ontario, Toronto-based artist Derrick Piens received a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University in 2005 and an MFA from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, in 2007. He has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in venues across Canada, the United States, and Europe, including the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto; Parisian Laundry, Montreal; the University of Waterloo Art Gallery; Dallas Contemporary; Angell Gallery, Toronto; General Hardware Contemporary, Toronto; Union Gallery, Kingston; Galleria 5, Oulu, Finland; and LVL3 Gallery, Chicago. His sculptures are included in private collections in London, New York, Dubai, Dallas, Montreal, and Toronto, as well as the Claridge Collection, Montreal; KulttuuriKauppila Art Center, Ii, Finland; the Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University, Dallas; The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa; and the University of Waterloo Art Gallery. He is a recipient of several grants, scholarships, and awards, including funding from the Toronto and Ontario Arts Councils. In 2015, Piens completed a seven-week artist residency at the KulttuuriKauppila Art Center in Finland, and a one-week residency at The Thames Art Gallery in Chatham. He is currently participating in a two-person exhibition at The Latcham Gallery, Stouffville, Ontario, on view until October 14, 2018.