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Maria Gabankova


curriculum vitae

statement: Memento Mori ( loop gallery February 4 - 26, 2012)

Maria Gabankova was born in former Czechoslovakia. She lives and works in Toronto, where she also teaches figure drawing, painting and portraiture at the Ontario College of Art and Design University. In addition to being a founding member of the loop Gallery, Gabankova has also been invited to sit on juries, panel discussions, conferences, and work in film and theatre. She has worked as a professional artist and exhibited her drawings and paintings in Canadaand internationally since 1980. Her work is represented in private and corporate collections in Canada, USA, South Korea and Europe. In 2011 a solo exhibition of her work entitled Parable of the Body was held at the Charles University in Hradec Králové, Czech Republic.

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These are strong works, compelling, insightful and deeply spiritual. They serve as windows into the mystery of human existence. They are born out of a sense of wonder and a hopeful spirit, and they bring the observer to look afresh at what it means to be human. They call us to nurture a spirit of hope. In these works we sense that life is not a possession to be grasped but rather a gift to be received, a miracle that inspires us to gratitude.

~John Franklin, professor of philosophy, executive director of Imago, Toronto