"As an artist Bruno Bobak’s creative work, which includes drawing, painting, printmaking, murals and sculpture, has defined a unique and sometimes difficult to contextualize vision within the historical currents of Canadian art. He has created a body of work of his time and place, telling stories that are both universal as well as personal. He has been heralded as a humanist and as expressionist, but above all as a remarkable artist." D.F. Andrus

Born in Poland in 1923, Bruno Bobak immigrated to Canada in 1927. At the age of thirteen he began Saturday morning art classes in Toronto under Arthur Lismer and later studied at the Central Technical School. In 1942, he joined the army and was shortly thereafter appointed as an official war artist. He and his wife, fellow artsit, Molly Lamb Bobak, settled in Ottawa after the war, where Bruno worked as an artist. They moved to Vancouver in 1948 where he taught at the Vancouver School of Art. In 1960, he and Molly moved again to Fredericton, New Brunswick, where they would remain until Bruno's death in 2012. He was first a resident artist at the University of New Brunswick, then from 1962, Director of the University of New Brunswick Art Centre.

 

Bruno Bobak was a member of the Canadian Group of Painters, Society of Canadian Painter-Etchers and Engravers, Canadian Society of Graphic Art, Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, British Columbia Society of Artists and the Royal Canadian Academy.

 

Bruno Bobak participated in more than two hundred and fifty group exhibitions and has had more than eighty solo exhibitions.

 

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