NP-UN Western Bureau.
The Alberta Council of Ukrainian Arts (ACUA) opened its Signature Artists Series with an Exhibition of works by Toronto area artist Pavlo Lopata.
Born in Kalinov (Presov region) Slovakia on March 20, 1945, Lopata studied at the University of Fine Arts in Bratislava from 1966-1968. In 1969 he emigrated to Canada and resided in Toronto.
He obtained a Commercial Arts Diploma from George Brown College (1972) and a Fine Arts Diploma from the Ontario College of Art (1986). From 1991 to 1998 he was curator and executive director of the Ukrainian Canadian Art Foundation (KUMF Gallery). During this period, he organized over 70 exhibits of many different artists from Canada, USA and Ukraine.
In his artistic endeavours he has mastered the use of pencil, egg tempera, acrylics and oils. Many themes are visible in his works, such as portraits, wooden churches, icons, linear expressionism and surrealistic symbolism, explained ACUA Member Olesia Luciw-Andryjowycz, whose personal collection contains many of Lopata’s works.
Lopata is also a prolific author of over 350 articles related to the arts, culture and history, published in periodicals, journals and newspapers. To date, over 1,000 of his artistic works can be found in private and museum collections in Canada, USA, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Ukraine.
In 2014 he gifted 21 of his surrealistic-symbolism paintings to his native village where they are now permanently displayed in Gallery Pavlo Lopata.
He has held 30 solo exhibits and participated in over 80 group shows. He currently lives and works in his private studio in a Ukrainian community “Poltawa” in Terra Cotta, located northwest of Toronto.
This is Lopata’s second exhibit in Edmonton. His first was 27 years ago, when an anonymous reviewer for Ukrainian News wrote in Ukrainian: “His works are rendered with a breath of thought, poetry and rhythm, which bestows a composition of musical saturation and it seems, that in them one hears the melody of a violin, flute, or bandura.”
The exhibit runs until October 28.