Bruno Bobak

Canadian artist, R.C.A Canada 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.

Bruno Bobak

Bronislaw Josephus "Bruno" Bobak was born in 1923 in Wowelowska, Poland, and immigrated with his family in Sakatchewan,Canada in 1925. At thirteen years old, he moved to Toronto and began Saturday morning art classes with Arthur Lismer and later studied with Carl Schaefer at the Central Technical School (1938-1942). 

Bruno Bobak quickly began his career when he was just 20 years old. In 1942 he enlisted in the Canadian Army, and shortly thereafter was appointed an official war artist, the youngest of all. During his military service, he participated in an art exhibition of the army for which he won first place. He then met the painter Molly Lamb, who would become his wife. 

After the war, the Bobaks returned to Ottawa and then Vancouver, along with their first child. Brunon Bobak started a position of teacher at the Vancouver School of Art (1947-57), until he was invited to be the artist-in-residence at the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, where he set up his studo. This one-year post was extended when he became the director of the Art Centre at the University, he held that position until his retirement (1962-88)

He develops his personal style which is not limited to painting. He is equally adept at sculpture, drawing, watercolor and mural paintings. His works are included in the collections of major Canadian museums, including the War Museum and the National Gallery of Canada. In addition to numerous honors, he is a member of the Order of Canada.

Bruno Bobak was a member of the Painters Group of Canada, the Society of Painters-Etchers and Engravers, the Canadian Society of Graphic Arts, the Canadian Society of Watercolor Painters, the British Columbia Artists Society, and of the Royal Canadian Academy.

He died in 2012 in Fredericton.

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