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Pavlo Lopata (1945 - )




Pavlo Lopata was born in the village of Kaliniv in the Pryashiv region of the now Slovak Republic. He studied at the University of Fine Arts in Bratislava from 1966-1968. In 1969 he emigrated to Canada and now lives and works in his private studio in a Ukrainian community "Poltawa" in Terra Cotta, located northwest of 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. During this period he organized over 70 exhibits of many different artists from Canada, USA and Ukraine and wrote over 350 articles related to the arts, culture and history, which were published in periodicals, journals and newspapers.
He paints in egg tempera, acrylics and oils, producing portraits, icons, linear expressionism and surrealistic symbolism. There appears to be a strong religous theme in some of his paintings.
To date, over 1,000 of his artistic works can be found in private and museum collections in Canada, USA, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic and Ukraine. He has held 29 solo exhibits and participated in over 80 group shows.