Lopata Pavlo

Pavlo Lopata Pavlo Lopata was born in the village of Kaliniv, Pryashiv region, Slovak Republic on March 20, 1945. He studied at the University of Fine Arts in Bratislava from 1966-1968.  In 1969 he emigrated to Canada and resided in Toronto.

In 1972 he obtained his Commercial Arts Diploma from George Brown College and on May 30, 1986 obtained a Fine Arts Diploma from the Ontario College of Art, Toronto.

From 1991 to 1998 he was curator and executive director of the Ukrainian Canadian Art Foundation. As curator 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, lemko churches, linear-expressionism, icons and surrealistic-symbolism.  Pavlo is also a prolific author, having written over 350 articles related to the arts, culture & history that have been 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, Slovak Republic and Ukraine.  He has held 29 solo exhibits and participated in over 80 group shows.  He presently lives and works in his private studio in a ukrainian community “Poltawa Country Club” in the village of Terra Cotta which is located northwest of Toronto.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
1979 Ukrainian Community Centre, Parma, Ohio, USA
1980 Parkdale Public Library, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
1982 Home Studio Exhibit, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
1987 Ukrainian Community Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
1988 St. John the Baptist Shrine, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
1990 University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada
1990 Brescia College, London, Ontario, Canada
1990 Ukrainian Canadian Archives & Museum of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
1991 National Museum of Lviv, Lviv, Ukraine
1991 Chaika Gallery, Warren, Michigan, USA
1993 “Churches of Lemkivshchyna”, Ukrainian Canadian Art Foundation, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
1995 Ukrainian Canadian Art Foundation, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
1995 State Museum of Ukrainian-Rusyn Culture, Svidnik, Slovak Republic
1995 Museum of Regional Studies, Humenne, Slovak Republic
1996 Andy Warhol Museum, Midzilaborce, Slovak Republic
1997 Castle Gallery of Josef Kalousek, Hradchany, Prague, Czech Republic
1999 St. Vladimir’s Institute, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2000 Gallery of Slovak Technical Musuem, Kosice, Slovak Republic
2001 Ukrainian National Federation, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2001 Tyndale College & Seminary, North York, Ontario, Canada
2004 St. John the Baptist Shrine, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
2005 State Museum of Ukrainian-Rusyn Culture, Svidnik, Slovak Republic
2005 Ukrainian Senior’s Centre, Sudbury, Ontario
2006 Yorkville Parkdale Public Library, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2008 Gallery of Culture, Bardejov, Slovak Republic
2010 KUMF Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2012 St Joseph’s Ukrainian Catholic Church & Heritage Centre, Oakville, Ontario, Canada
2013 St Vladimir’s Institute, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2015 KUMF Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

SELECTED AWARDS
1988 “Best in Show”, Showplace 2700, Purchase for office of Mayor Alan Tonks, York City Hall, York, Ontario, Canada
1992 “Medal of Merit”, “Art Credo ’92”, St. Joan of Arc Roman Catholic Church, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
1997 “Outstanding Contribution to the Arts”, Masaryk Academy of Arts, Prague, Czech Republic (other recipients include Milos Forman, Luciano Pavarotti, Karel Got)
2013 “Oustanding Contribution to the Arts”, Ukrainian Candian Congress

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Canadian Musuem of Civilization, Ottawa, Ontario Canada
National Museum of Visual Art, Kyiv, Uktaine
National Museum, Lviv Ukraine
Ukrainian Canadian Archives & Museum of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Ukrainian Embassy, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Ukrainian Embassy, Prague, Czech Republic

GROUP EXHIBTIONS – participant in over 80 groups shows

PUBLISHED ARTICLES – over 350 related to the arts, culture & history

EDUCATION
1986 Graduated, Fine Arts Program, Ontario College of Art, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
1972 Graduated, Commercial Arts Program, George Brown College, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
1966-68 University of Bratislava, Faculty of Fine Arts, Bratislava, Slovak Republic

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
1986 – present CARFAC Ontario (Canadian Artists Representation)
1986 – present Ukrainian Artists’ Association of Canada, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

email: pavlolopata@rogers.com
tel: 905-702-9376