Maria Gabankova

Short biography

was born and grew up in former Czechoslovakia in a family of artists Antonia Laník-Gabanek and Jozef Gabanek.

Following the Warsaw Pact Invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968 Maria's family left for Austria and later immigrated to Canada. She now lives with her husband Ales Brezina in Toronto.

In addition to apprenticing with her parents Maria Gabankova studied drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking at
University of British Columbia, the Vancouver School of Art, Montreal School of Art and Design, and the Art Students League of New York.

Since 1978 the artist has exhibited extensively in Canada, U.S.A and internationally. Recent shows include Body and Word (2019) Prague and Toronto, Sculpture Time (2017) Prague and Kuks, Not Leaving in Ostrava, Czech Republic (2014), in Loop Gallery Toronto (2016, 2012, 2008, 2005, 2003 and 2002), Parable of the Body in Hradec Králové, Czech Republic (2011), Art Canada 5 in Prague, Czech Republic (2005),

6981 km from Toronto in Bratislava, Slovakia (2001).

In 2007, under the title body broken - body redeemed a selection of more than 50 artist's works (reproduced in color) was published by British publisher Piquant Editions.

Gabankova has received several awards and her work is represented in private and public art collections in North America and Europe. Realist figurative representation with conceptual emphasis on the spiritual and Biblical has been the central theme of the artist's work.

Portraiture holds a special focus in the artist’s practice with an impressive record of commissioned portraits.

Among her subjects are many distinguished Canadians and Americans as well as a number of well known

figures of the Czech and Slovak cultural scene (writer Josef Škvorecky, composer Oscar Morawetz, Professor Gordon H. Skilling, poet Karel Kryl, musician Ashley McIsaac, Dean Douglas Stoute, world champion figure skater Aja Vrzáňová, NHL player Miroslav Fryčer among others).

In recent years Maria has been commissioned to paint official portraits for the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame (former Canadian Minister of Agriculture Ch. Mayer, Mr. P. Hannam, Mr. P. Eckstein and Mr. J. Walker).

The artist‘s portrait commissions were successfully auctioned several times at a Ontario College of Art and Design Fundraiser Mystery Who done it.

Since 1991 till 2015 Maria Gabankova was an associate professor at the Ontario College of Art & Design University in Toronto (teaching figure drawing, painting and portraiture).

She is a member of several artists organizations and initiatives. Maria is a founding member of the Loop Gallery in Toronto and also has been invited to serve on juries, panel discussions, conferences and work in film and theatre.


Tel.: 416/535-8063

Recent work and Exhibition

Detailed biography

Curriculum vitae

General Information


1997 Sculpture with Evan Penny, Toronto School of Art.

1982 Sculpture I and II with Heinz Klassen, Fraser Valley College, Abbotsford.

1979-1980 The Art Students League of New York. Studied with G. Rehberger, F. Mason, R. B. Hale, D. Leffel. Copied paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (after Rubens, Van Dyck, Murillo, F. Hals and Rembrandt).

1975-1980 Apprenticeship with artists Mr. J. Gabanek and Mrs A. Laník-Gabanek

1975-1977 Vancouver School of Art. Graduated in printmaking. Awarded the Helen Pitt scholarship twice.

1974 School of Art and Design, Montreal.

1970-1971 Studies at University of British Columbia Department of Fine Arts, Vancouver

1970 Graduation from Kitsilano High School, Vancouver.

1966-1968 Part-time studies at the Ostrava Art School

Academic Appointments

2010 and 1997 Florence Campus program coordinator

2004 Redeemer University College, Fall term.

1998 till present MFA in Drawing and Painting Program - Norwich University, Vermont, artist teacher

1990 till present: Ontario College of Art: Drawing and Painting, Faculty of Art

1996 Realist Academy, Seattle, WA, Course in Figure and Drapery

1985-1990 Etobicoke Art Centre, Continuing education courses in drawing and painting throughout Toronto

1985-1989 Oil painting at Seneca College, Toronto

1981-1983 Drawing and painting at Fraser Valley College, Abbotsford

1978-1983 Private classes in Vancouver, figure drawing, painting and portraiture

1976-1979 Drawing painting, printmaking courses at Burnaby Art Centre and at Malaspina Printmakers Society, Vancouver


1994 - Pastel Society of Canada members show, Ottawa, 2nd Prize Award

- Art Credo, Toronto, 1st Prize Award

- Society of Canadian Artists Show, Jury award

1987 - Pastel Society of Canada, Annual Juried Show, Toronto, Received the Hunt Canada Int. award

1985 - Canadian Pastel Society Annual Juried show, at the Cambrian Rose Gallery, Ottawa. Awarded 1st prize

Memberships in Learned and Professional Societies

1998 - Imago, Toronto

1997 - Ontario Society of Artists

1997 - Pastel Society of Ontario

Solo exhibitions

2020-2021 Surprised by Collage (online Exhibition)

2019 - Body and Word - St. Martin in the Wall Church, Prague

2019 - Body and Word - Wycliffe College, University of Toronto

2017 - Sculpture Time - Rentz Museum, Kuks and Night of Churches, Prague

2016 - Home / Residents & Dissidents, Loop Gallery, Toronto

2014 - Not Leaving - Slezskoostravská galerie, City Gallery in Ostrava. Czech Republic

2012 - Memento Mori – Loop Gallery-Toronto

2011 - The Parable of the Body - Charles University and Medical Faculty, Hradec Králové, Czech Republic

2009 - Puzzle – When the Blind Lead the Blind – Loop Gallery, Toronto

2008 - St. James Cathedral, Toronto - Display of my copy interpretation (107''x94“)

of the Crucifixion panel, Isenheim Altarpiece by M. Grünewald

2008 - Loop Gallery, Toronto - Labyrinth of the heART

2007/08 - Under the Moon, Hamilton - Body Broken/Body Redeemed

2007 - Creative Soul Cafe, Queen St. W. Toronto

2007 - Studio Art Exhibition, Dupont Studios, Toronto

2005 - Between the Word and Flesh, Loop Gallery, Toronto

2005 - the body broken - Institute for Christian Studies, Toronto

2004 - the body redeemed - Redeemer University College, Ancaster

2003 - New Work - Loop Gallery - Toronto

2002/O3 - Con Fuoco, Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts

- Eyedentity, Loop Gallery Toronto

2001 - 6981 km from Toronto, Galerie Michalský dvor, Bratislava, Slovakia, Sponsored by Canadian Embassy,

Czech Republic, Canada Council for the Arts, Czech Airlines

- Incongruous Conjuctions - Report from a leaking Boat, Loop Gallery, Toronto

2000 - As in a Mirror Dimly, Augustine College, Ottawa

1999 - Joseph Workman Auditorium, Toronto, In collaboration with the New Czech Theatre production of N. Simon play „Gingerbread Lady“,

1998 - Sogno La Specola, Goethe Institute, Florence, Italy

1998 - Inner Being II - Tyndale College, Toronto

1997 - Inner Being - Newman Centre, Toronto

1996 - Figures - St. James Cathedral, Toronto

- Body of Dust - The Lookout Gallery, Regent College, Vancouver, BC.

1995 - Figura grata - Gallery Bonaventura, Prague, Czech Republic

- Regis College, (University of Toronto): Realism and Resurrection

1994 - Figura non grata, Carnegie Gallery, Dundas

1993 - Forgotten News, Wilfred Laurier University, Waterloo

1992 - Official Presentation of the commissioned portrait of J. McLelland, McGill University, Montreal

1991 - Official presentation of the commissioned portrait of Dr. J. D. Corbett (former principal of Knox College),

Knox College Library, Toronto

1991-1992 - Work on several private and public portrait commissions (for example prof. J. McLelland of McGill

University, Montreal)

1991 - Exhibition at North York Public Library at the occasion of the launch of a poetry book by Janis Rapoport

Upon her fluent route — Illustrated by Maria Gabankova

1989 - Free Times Café — Toronto

1987 - The First Canadian Place — Toronto

1985 - Gallerie Alexandre, Montreal

1984 - Waterloo Public Library

1982 - University Women's Club, Vancouver

- Aries Art Gallery, Ottawa

1981 - Alex Fraser Gallery, Vancouver

1979 - The Canvas Company Gallerie Restaurant, Vancouver

1978 - Gallery West Vancouver

Group Exhibitions:

2022 - Crossings Toronto - A journey to Easter

2017 - Plein air - International group exhibition, Kuks, Czech Republic

2016 - Sweet Summer Sixteen, Loop Gallery, Toronto

2016 - Refresh Conference, Wycliffe College, Toronto

2011 - An Ordinary Aspect – Joseph D. Carrier Gallery, Toronto

2009 - Praxis Beauty and Truth – Joseph D. Carrier Gallery, Toronto

2008 - Face forward. Contemporary portraiture: Curator’s Choice (Katarina Atanassova) at the Varley Art

Gallery, Markham

2008 - The inspired line – Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts Gallery and Under the Moon

2008 - Till we have faces – Toronto School of Theology and St. Michaels College, University of Toronto

2008 - Art and Craft Exhibition – St. James Cathedral Archives and Museum, Toronto

2008 - Emmanuel College, Toronto

2008 - Loop Gallery, Toronto - Flex, for The World Washi Summit

2008 - Wycliffe College, Toronto - Refresh Conference

2007-08 -Varley Art Gallery, Unionville - Capturing the Human Spirit, Contemporary Portrait Show

2007 - The Lookout Gallery, Regent College, Vancouver, BC -Hope, an invitational show

2007 - Archives and Museum, The Cathedral Church of St. James, Toronto

2007 - Meadowvale Community Church, Mississauga

2007 - „Refresh“ Continuing Education Conference, Wycliffe College, Toronto

2007 - World Assembly of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students at Redeemer University College, Ancaster, Ontario

2006 - Buljarica Art, International Group Exhibition, Petrovac, Monte Negro

2006 - Suffering and Glory, an exhibition of Canadian Art and Music, reflections on the events of the Holy

week, Trinity Anglican Church, Cambridge, Ontario

2006 - Spirit and Creation, a curated exhibition in conjunction with „Refresh“ Conference Wycliffe College,

University of Toronto

2005 - Ontario Society of Artists, Christmas Exhibition, Toronto

2005 - Exploring the Threshold, Art and Theology in Dialogue, Toronto School of Theology

2005 - Portrait! Who and What are you? Juried exhibition at Varley Gallery, Unionville

2005 - Art Canada 5, Prague, Czech Republic

2004 - Loop Gallery, Christmas Show

2004 - OCAD Mystery Fundraiser - Who dunit?

2004 - For the beauty of the Earth - Rosedale Presbyterian Church

2003 - OCAD Mystery Fundraiser - Who dunit?

2003 - Art Detour, Dupont Studios, Toronto

2003 - New Heaven - New Earth, Look Out Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.

2002 - New Heaven - New Earth, Painted City, Toronto

- Art Detour, Toronto

- Canadian Opera and Canadian National Ballet, Invitational at the Hummingbird Centre, Toronto

2001 - Second Annual Christmas Invitational, Loop, Toronto

- Art Detour, Toronto

2000 - Into Body, Ontario Society of Artists, F. H. Varley Art Gallery, Unionville

- Art Detour, Toronto

- Representations, Ontario Society of Artists, Liuetenant Governor Suite, Queens Park, Toronto

- Evidence of things not seen, Tyndale College, Toronto

- Looking a head, Cedar Ridge Art Centre, Scarborough

- Jubilee Art Exhibition, Newman Centre, University of Toronto

2000 - Imago, Art Talks - Institute for Christian Studies, Toronto

- Loop Gallery - Toronto

1999 - Art Detour, Toronto

- Through the Glass Brightly - Wycliffe College, Toronto

- Canadian Spaces, The North American Centre of Oriental Arts, Toronto

1998 - Newman Centre, Toronto

1997 - Junction Arts Festival, Toronto

- CIVA conference, Juried exhibition, Montreal

1997 - Ontario College of Art and Design, Florence Program Exhibition, Florence, Italy

1996 - Ontario College of Art, Faculty of drawing and Painting, Toronto

1995 - International exhibition of drawings Seoul, South Korea

1994 - POSSE - Exhibition of six painters in former Isaacs Gallery, Toronto

- Pastel Society of Canada members show, Ottawa, 2nd Prize Award

- Art Credo, Toronto, 1st Prize Award

- Ontario College of Art Drawing and Painting Faculty Exhibition

- Society of Canadian Artists Show, Jury award

1992 - Two exhibitions at Karney Gallery, Toronto

- 3rd Art Credo Exhibition, Toronto, Awarded 3rd Prize

1990-1991 - Karney Gallery and Louise Smith Gallery, Toronto.

- OCA Faculty show

1975-1990 - participated in twenty group exhibitions across Canada and USA.

Public and Corporate Collections

Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame

St. James Cathedral, Toronto

Redeemer University, Ancaster

Piquant Publisher, England

Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

Humberside Collegiate, Toronto

Recochem Inc, Montreal, Quebec, Toronto, Ontario

Bombardier, Montreal, Quebec

Presbyterian College, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec

Knox College, University of Toronto

Knox Church, Toronto

Newman Centre, University of Toronto

Prague Castle, President of Czech Republic, Office

German Art Foundation, Villa Romana, Florence, Italy

Biblical Museum of Canada, Vancouver, B.C.


2022 Jansen Reichl for Anglo-American University in Prague

2021 Gordon Bacon for the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame

2021 Johanne Ross for the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame

2021 Dr. Robert Graham for Redeemer University

2020 Jim Halford for the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame

2019 Cynthia Grant for the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame

2018 Ted Bilyea for the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame

2018 Larry Martin for the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame

2017 Robynne Anderson for the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame

2016 Bob Switzer for the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame

2016 Dean Douglas Stoute - St. James Cathedral, Toronto

2016 Dr. Hubert Krygsman - President Redeemer University College, Ancaster

2015 Ron DePauw for the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame

2014 Lorne Hepworth for the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame

2014 Historical Panel for the Fort Langley Museum B.C. Proclamation of the Colony of British Columbia in 1858

2013 Lowell Lindsay and Donald Ziraldo for the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame

2012 Barry Wilson and Kim McConnell for the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame

2011 Portrait of Mr. F. Stenger for the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame

2010 Official Portraits of Redeemer University College Presidents: Mr. H. de Bolster and Mr. J. Cooper

2009 Portraits of Mr. Paul Roy-King and Mr. Peter Heffering for the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame

2008 Portrait of Ashley McIsaac for Star Portraits documentary series by PTV Production aired on Bravo TV

2008 Portrait of Mr. P. Ekstein and Mr. J. Walker for the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame

2008 Portrait of Peter Caldwell for Mystery who done it.

2003, 2004, 2005 - OCAD Fundraiser Who done it? Donation of a portrait commission for Art Experience live auction

2006 Portrait of Mr. P. Hannam for the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame

2005 Portrait of Honourable Ch. Mayer, former Canadian Minister of Agriculture, Canadian Agricultural Hall of


2004-2005 Official portrait of Mrs F. Parkin former Principal Harbord Collegiate - Toronto

2004-2007 Work on Copy of M. Gruenewald's Crucifixion panel (Isenheim Altarpiece) for the Biblical Museum of

Canada, Vancouver. Exhibited at Regent College, UBC, Vancouver

Maria Gabankova has been commissioned to paint many portraits in Canada and U.S.A.

Among her sitters are several renowned personalities such as the Czech-Canadian novelists Josef Škvorecký and Zdena Salivarová, Czech poet Karel Kryl, Canadian pianist Antonín Kubálek, composer Oskar Morawetz, Dr. J. D. Corbett, principal of Knox College, professor W. Klempa, principal of Presbyterian College, McGill University - Montreal, or NHL hockey player Miroslav Fryčer, world ice-skating champion Aja Vrzáňová, as well as many other prominent Canadians.

Works in private collections in Vancouver, New York, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Kingston and in Germany,

Czechoslovakia, France, Switzerland and Italy.

Works for Film Productions

2008 Portrait of Ashley McIsaac for Star Portraits documentary series by PTV Production aired on Bravo TV

2000 Gossip (Warner Brothers)

1999 Three to tango (Warner Brothers), At the Mercy of a Stranger

1995 Catwalk TV Series,

Works for Theatre Productions:

Czech New Theatre in Toronto.

Publications-Media Coverage

2011 - Interview on Czech Radio 4, Hradec Králové, Parable of the Body Exhibition

2011 - Article in Canadian Mozaic, Canadian Embassy in Prague

2011 - Satellite 1-416, mention in article

2011 - Scan, Parable of the Body, exhibition review

2009 - Czech TV Program with subtitles – Nova Vize; Cable 4 - OMNI 1 TV – Interview about

Loop exhibition Puzzle;

2009 Satellite 1-416: Josef Cermak: Hadanka Marie Gabankove (Maria Gabankova’s Puzzle)

5/2009, March 2009

2009 Finale Daily (Pilsen Film Festival Finale daily Bulletin) mention about visiting artist talk on

Canadian and Czech émigré culture in Canada

2009 Internet: Pozitivni noviny (Czech internet news): Josef Cermak: Hadanka Marie Gabankove

(Maria Gabankova’s Puzzle) 5/2009, March 2009

2008 - Nový domov, Toronto - Filosofie a anatomie lidského nitra, Vera Kohoutová

2008 - OMNI TV, Nová vize, Toronto - Interview about Exhibition at Loop Gallery

2008 - Christian Week, Montreal - Nudity doesn't scare this Christian Artist, by Jenna Smith, - The

Record, Kitchener-Waterloo/Cambridge: „Iluminating the Word“, by Mirko Petricevic

2006 -April issue - Parkhurst exchange,„Shining lights from Eastern Europe“ by Milena Katz

2006 - Nový záběr - TV - OMNI 1. Documentary about Loop Gallery Exhibition.

2005 - P. Goddard, Toronto Star, December 24, 2005

2005 - Sketch, OCAD, Fall issue, Portrait of the Hon. Ch. Mayer

2005 - Interview in daily newspaper Právo - Prague,

- Article in Lidové noviny - Prague,

- Satellite 1-416 - Toronto,

2004 - Nový záběr - TV - OMNI 1. Fifteen minutes documentary on Redeemer UC Exhibition

2003 - Nový záběr - TV - OMNI 1. Ten minutes documentary on New Work Exhibition at Loop Gallery

2001 - „6981 km from Toronto“ reviewed in Slovak Daily newspapers Sme and Pravda, Slovak TV

and Slovak Radio.

Corriere Canadese, Viaggio nell'arte del corpo umano, by Anna Lisa Rapana

2000 - Mention in Weekend Arts: The first 20 years, by R. Haggo - Hamilton Spectator. July 15.

1999 - The Anglican, Festival celebrates Christian art, by Sue Careless

- Christian Week, Art Talks, Do we listen? by Sue Careless

1997 - Dundas Review, Carnegie Gallery displays an array of Artistic Talent, by P. Bowman

- Christian Week, Art and Faith converge in Montreal, by Ginette Cotnoir

1996 -The Catholic Register, Toronto art exhibit nurtures the soul, by Nikki Abraham

Catholic New Times, The Art of M. Gabánková: an invitation to Contemplation by Nikki


1995 - Star Phoenix - Saskatoon, Art probes body for Presence of Soul by Sheila Robertson

1995 -Art Focus - Winter issue - Profile by Megan Mueller: Maria Gabánková: Making Monsters.

1995 Canadian Art: Reviews by Betty Ann Jordan

1994 Interviewed on CIUT by Heather Lindsay, Toronto

1994 Dundas Star, Artists lead viewers down path of discovery, by Helen Beswick

Hamilton Spectator: Review of exhibition in Carnegie Gallery in Dundas, Ont.,

1993 Interview by Z. Salivarová in Czech magazine Vlasta

1993 Czech TV - Documentary

1990-1992 Mentions in Czechoslovakian media

July 1st 1987 Painting Canada 60 min. documentary for CBC (nationwide on Canada Day)

Interview on Radio Canada International, Montreal

1985 Interview on Radio Canada International, Montreal

Portrait of an artist — 1/2 hour program on ethnic TV channel Kitchener, Ont.

Received 1st prize in the Canadian Pastel Society Annual Juried exhibition and competition,

Ottawa. Mentions in the Citizen

1984 Interviews on the Radio Free Europe and Voice of America

September 1983 Interview on the French CBC Radio, Vancouver

April 9, 1983 The Vancouver Sun — "Putting Life on Line"

May 8, 1980 Art Speak (a bi-weekly gallery review) — "New York Realities"

April 12, 1980 Art Speak, New York — "The New Romantics"

February 14, 1980 The Chelsea Clinton News, New York — "Studies in Black and White"

July 25, 1979 The Vancouver Sun — "The Czechoslovaks"

August 1978 Interviewed on CBC program

Published Reproductions of Work

2022 - Crossings - A journey to Easter - International Exhibition, Toronto

2012 - Book: Chain of Fools by Aleš Březina, Benešov, Czech Republic

2009 - Behold (Logos Productions Inc., Minnesota, USA) New Song; February 25 – May 31, 2009

2009 - The Regent World, (Regent College, Vancouver), mention in How beautiful the feet by dr.

Maxine Hancock, Summer 2009

2006 - February issue - Presbyterian Record - „Reflections“ fullpage reproduction of „Report from

a leaky Boat“ and a biographical note.

2001 - What's On, Toronto Star November 8, 2001. Reproduction of Report from a Leaking Boat

Portrait of Gordon Skilling in Profile Section of Tbe Globe and Mail and Mladá fronta Dnes Daily (Czech


Book cover of The Education of a Canadian, by Gordon Skilling - McGill - Queens University Press

2000 Cover for magazine The Glorious Hope, Philippi, WV, USA

1999 Perfect Bodies, Regeneration quarterly, Page 14-15, Cambridge, MA, USA

1990-1991 Work on illustrations for Upon her fluent route, collection of poems by Janis Rapoport

1988 The Canadian Banker — on cover "Blossom music" (March issue)

The Canadian Banker — on cover "Irises" (July issue)

1987 Policy Options — on cover "Summer fields Ontario"

Standa Horn — Tep odvahy (poems) — Toronto

1986 Proměny, New York

1985 Book Cover Ivan Klíma, Moje první lásky,

68 Publishers—Toronto

Ethos — Toronto

1982 G. Kuňásek — Love and the Universe (Poems)

Album cover for The Spanish Masters and Renaissance virtuosi by Alan Reinhart, Vancouver

Conferences, workshops and invited lectures

2022 Relevant Series - Power to Change (Zoom Conference)

2021 Live Called - University Zoom Conference

2020 Relevant - Wycliffe College

2019 Relevant - Imago

2019 What does it mean to be human - Convocation Hall, Toronto

2009 Finale - Film Festival in Plzeň, Czech Republic

Visiting Artist Talk

2006 International Art Residency in Petrovac, Montenegro

2005 Big Talk Conference, OCAD

2005 Twice Artist Talk for ICS and OCAD at Institute for Christian Studies

2004 Twice Artist Talk Redeemer University College

2003 Visiting artist talk, Prague, Czech Republic

2001 Art Talk about five Toronto Artists in Bratislava, Slovakia and Prague in Czech Republic

2000 Art Talks, ICS, Toronto

Grimsby Public Art Gallery, Artist lecture

1999 In his Image, guest artist lecture, Augustine College, Ottawa

Through the Glass Brightly, ICS Toronto

Intervarsity Conference, Chicago

1996 Visiting Artist, Realist Academy Seattle, WA

1998 Tyndale College

1993 Art and Spirituality - St. Barnabas Church, Agincourt

1991, 1992, 1993 Lecture and workshop at the Orillia Central Ontario Art Association

Guest lecture at Czechoslovakian Women Council at O.I.S.E.

1989 Burlington Art Centre

1987 Pastel Demonstration in Casa Loma during the First Canadian Pastel Society International


Garibaldi Art Club, Vancouver

1980s Vancouver Businessmen's Art Club

University of British Columbia Printmaking Department

Other Professional Activities

2017 Plein air - Kuks Czech Republic

2011 Travel and research in Czech Republic and Spain

2010 Florence fall term program coordinator

2009 Travel and Research: Attended Film Festival Finale in Plzen, Czech Republic April 21-25,

2009 During May and June 2009, I visited many historical and contemporary art institutions,

museums and galleries in Prague, Plzeň, Hluboká, Nelahozeves and other places in Czech

Republic, Austria and Germany. (Photo documentation available upon request.)

2006-08 Work commenced and completed on Monography of my work Body broken/Body redeemed

published by Piquant Publisher - England. Several booklaunches in Toronto, Hamilton and Vancouver

2005 Research and travel in Europe - Czech Republic and Montenegro

2003 January till April Sabbatical leave - Studio work, research and travel in Europe

2002 Jury member for the Exhibition Evidence of things unseen, Institute of Christian Studies, Toronto

2001 Visited students Exhibitions at the Academy of Art in Prague, Czech Republic and Bratislava,


Juried Open Ontario Society of Artists Exhibition, Home-chez soi

2000 Art and Soul, Tour of the Dan Donovan art collection with Betty Ann Jordan

1986 Work on Painting Canada, Quebec Documentary Film on Canadian Artists, aired on CBC,

Canada Day

Juries Ontario Society of Artists, Etobicoke Art Centre Exhibition, Toronto Outdoor Exhibition

OCAD U Administrative appointments

Coordinator Florence Program 1997 and 2010

Scholarship jury Committees OCAD


Curriculum development - Figurative certificate

Thesis curriculum discussions meetings

Graduation and Open House Exhibition Commitee

Curriculum Committee Art Division OCAD

Department Appointment Committee

Arte Firenze Student Exhibition, Fundraising Event


2022 - Waddington Benefit Auction for Ukraine

OCAD Fundraiser Who done it? Donation of a portrait commission for Art Experience live auction Work executed in

2008. Presentation in February 2009.

OCAD Fundraiser Who done it? Donation of a portrait commission for Art Experience live auction Work executed in

March till June 2006.

The Art of the figure. Annual student exhibition, OCAD since 1998.

OCAD students visit in my studio.

Figure Drawing Marathon 1999 till present

Organization of two OCAD trips to Montreal

OCAD Annual Open House Exhibition

College - Service

1. Admissions interviews

2. Preinterview advisory teams for OCAD applicants.


OCAD Courses taught: Critical Response to Contemporary figuration, Figure Drawing, Figure Painting, Portrait

Drawing and Painting, All these on levels 2, 3, 4 - under various course titles 1990 - present, Thesis (research),

Advanced Painting, Florence levels 3, 4 Thesis and level 5

Independent Study

Critical Seminar - Directed Study, Field study

Other institutions teaching

MFA in Drawing and Painting Program - Norwich University, Vermont, artist teacher

Redeemer University College - Second Year studio painting course