December 3 – 23, 2023
Ukrainian Canadian Art Foundation / KUMF Gallery present retrospective art exhibit in celebration of 80 years anniversary of renowned Ukrainian-Canadian artist Bohdan Holowacki.
Opening: Sunday, December 3, 2023 – 2pm at the KUMF Gallery
Art review by Oleh Lesiuk, President of the Ukrainian Association of Visual Artists of Canada / USOM, UCAF Vice President.
Opening remarks by Petro Hrynchyshyn.
BOHDAN HOLOWACKI, born in 1943 in Lviv Oblast, Ukraine. In 1975 completed the Higher Art Education program with honors at the Lviv State Institute of Applied and Decorative Arts (the Academy of Arts).
From 1972 to 1980, he worked as the chief designer (artist) of the Lviv industrial association Yuvelirprom. For eight years of work, he created more than 1,200 sketches of jewelry. More than 300 of them were implemented in serial production.
Since 1980, he has lived and worked in Toronto, Canada. In Canada, his works include: oil and graphic works on Ukrainian themes, portraits, landscapes and paintings of churches, icons and iconostasis, graphic design of posters, brochures, books and Christmas cards.
His most monumental work is the iconographic painting of the Church of Saints Peter and Paul in Scarborough, Ontario.
He is the author of a special icon of the “Holy Sorrowful Mother of God” to mark the 75th anniversary of the Holodomor in Ukraine in 1932-33 in 2007. Hundreds of copies of this icon are in all Ukrainian churches and many Ukrainian families in Canada and the world.
Was the first artist to create the icon “Our Lady of Chornobyl” in 1986. Made more than 160 different icons for churches and private individuals to order.
Has held several solo exhibitions and was a participant in numerous group exhibitions of USOM and other organizations in the Greater Toronto Area.
Active member of the Board of the Ukrainian Association of Visual Artists of Canada (USOM). Head of the USOM Board in 2002-2007.
Member of the Board of the LUK branch of Etobicoke – Mississauga. Member of the “Volyn – 1943” public committee.
Former long-time member of the Ukrainian Canadian Art Foundation Board, chairman of the art commission and deputy chairman.
His works are kept in the Ukrainian National Museum in Kyiv and in private collections in North America, Ukraine, England and Australia.