Yannis Lobaina is a Cuban Writer, Filmmaker, Storyteller based in Toronto. Studied at the Internacional School of Cinema, Radio and Tv in Havana, Cuba. She also completed a creative writing course from the Centro Onelio in Havana, Cuba.
Lobaina’s short fiction stories have been published in many countries including Cuba, Mexico, Brazil, the United States of America, and Spain. Also, her shorts stories have been published in literary magazines in Barcelona, like Paralelo Sur y Revista Quimeras.
Since she arrived in Toronto, she has been active in community projects in her Spanish-speaking community, as well as other communities around Toronto. Lobaina completed Creative Facilitation Training and Community Artist Training: Cultural Competence and Anti- Oppression.
Lobaina loves to explore themes of immigration, diaspora and motherhood through storytelling. She has received as a writer of children's literature the Toronto Arts Council Newcomer and Refugee Artist Mentorship grant. Twice Awarded RBC Arts Access Award 2019 & 2018 By Toronto Arts Foundation and Neighbourhood Arts Network. Furthermore, the 2017 Lobaina Micro-Grant recipient for her currently short Documentary “Where the Magic Happens” as an emerging filmmaker.
Lobaina is a member of the Photographic Club of Cuba, some of her photos have been published in magazines and websites in Cuba.
REBIRTH: It's his first photography series in Toronto. It was exhibited in August by RAW Artist.
Thoughts About Art and Community
In 2017, I developed a program called Bilingual(Spanish-English) Storytime Art Workshop with the goal of creating a space around art for Toronto’s Spanish-speaking community. Through the program, children learn how to create a small handmade book using recycled materials, filled with their own stories and collages, intended to inspire the act of storytelling and develop a love of reading. And creative writing & Storytelling...
Since 2016, I moved to Toronto, where I have since been recognized for my work as a writer and emerging documentary director. I received an Art Starts Micro-Grant in 2016 for a short documentary Where The Magic Happens.
In 2018 and 2019, I received the Toronto Arts Foundation’s RBC Arts Access Award. I also began to work with community organizations such as the West Preparatory Public School, Toronto Public Library, and the not-for-profit Muse Art as an Artist Workshop Facilitator.
Creative writing and storytelling workshops.