Sunday, April 11, 2010

Canadian Artists of Eastern European Origins

I stumbled upon this page from Concordia University in Montreal. Click here. Its a list of Canadian artists with Eastern European origins. Why was I surprised to see that it numbered almost 100 artists? As a watercolour artist, I noticed that the late Zoltan Szabo of Hungary was not on the list. Could it be because he emigrated from Canada to the States after living here for 20 or so years? Nor could I find William Kurelek who descends from a Ukranian family.could it be because he is now deceased?

Gabor Szilas (FA blog feature photographer and winner of the Governor General's award) is listed.

The list includes photographers, graphic artists painters,and likely other visual media artists.

It is interesting to see the number of exhibitions these artists have participated in.

All of this goes to show that the tapestry of Canadian life is enriched by the gifts of the many diverse cultures and nationalities which have made Canada their adopted homeland.

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