Born in Bavaria, Germany. 
Lives and works in Canada
She is an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists. 

2018 MFA degree from Plymouth University in England and Transart Institue, New York, N.Y. 
2015 B.A in Fine Art from the University of Gloucestershire, England
2013 Diploma of Fine Arts at the Vancouver Island School of Art in Victoria, Canada 

Ira has exhibited in solo, duo and group exhibitions in England, Canada and Germany. In 2015, Ira was one of 20 UK graduates whose work was shortlisted for the Graduate Art Prize in London. She won the first prize in the juried ‘Abstract Show 2015’ in Vancouver with her painting Alexanderplatz VIII. Her Camp Moschendorf II painting was shortlisted for the John Moore Painting Prize 2016. The painting was exhibited at the 2016 Liverpool Biennial.

Ira’s film Meanwhile in La La Land was chosen for the Official Selection at the Manchester Film Festival 2018 and was nominated for Best Documentary at the Back in the Box Film Festival in Los Angeles in 2017. Her video History as Personal Memory was chosen for the Official Selection in reserve for the German United Film Festival in Berlin in 2018.  

Ira Hoffecker


Urban Layers

27.01.2020 to 21.02.2020

Artist Statement

Urban Layers is a series of paintings with loose compositional associations to urban places through time. The work translates cities’ atmospheres through shapes, colors and marks that articulate the physicality, the vibrancy of consciously being in city complexes. I employed geometric shapes inherent in architecture and city maps, utilized color to portray distinctive city experiences. Many layers of abstracted elements of architecture provide the basis of my compositional language.

The work references urban structures, building frameworks, facades, silhouettes, in general. Places are overlaid with multiple histories, layers of paint cover and obscure but each coat is also informed by the previous layer. I am interested in how different societies transform and change city spaces over the course of the centuries. My work examines the relationships between people and cities by responding to constant change, reconstruction and restoration in the urban landscape. Historical, political and social impact and its effects on city identity through physical deviations of decay, a rebuild or destruction, covering or erasure, or reveal takes place concurrently and over time. 

My research includes reading books about history, memory and memorials, books about architecture. My photographic study that represent city configurations enhance my perception of the identities of places. Walks through different cities in various neighborhoods allowed informed responses and association with my architecture, map and photographic studies. I am interested in memory and in studying how people commemorate history, therefore, in Buenos Aires I have specifically looked at memorials and its architecture as my source material. The work contains elements of the Parque De La Memoria, Plaza de Mayo, the memorial site of the secret detention camp El Vesubio and urban structures of the city of Buenos Aires.