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Maria Gabankova

1997             Sculpture with Evan Penny, Toronto School of Art

1982             Sculpture I and II with Heinz Klassen, Fraser Valley College, Abbotsford
1979-1980     The Art Students League of New York. Studied with G. Rehberger, F. Mason, R. B. Hale, D. Leffel. Copied paintings at                                                   the Metropolitan Museum of Art (after Rubens, Van Dyck, Murillo, F. Hals and Rembrandt)
1975-1980     Apprenticeship with Mr. and Mrs. J. Gabanek, portrait and landscape artists of the Prague Academy of Fine Arts
1975-1977     Vancouver School of Art. Graduated in printmaking
1974               School of Art and Design, Montreal
1970-1971      Studies at University of British Columbia Department of Fine Arts, Vancouver
1970               Graduation from Kitsilano High School, Vancouver
1966-1968     Part-time studies at the Ostrava Art School

Solo exhibitions

2012     - Memento Mori – Loop Gallery-Toronto

2011     - The Parable of the Body - Charles University and Medical Faculty, Hradec Králové, Czech Republic

2009     - Puzzle – When the Blind Lead the Blind – Loop Gallery, Toronto

2008     - St. James Cathedral, Toronto - Display of my copy interpretation (107''x94“)

               of the Crucifixion panel, Isenheim Altarpiece by M. Grünewald

2008     - Loop Gallery, Toronto - Labyrinth of the heART

2007/8 - Under the Moon, Hamilton - Body Broken/Body Redeemed

2007     - Creative Soul Cafe, Queen St. W. Toronto

2007     - Studio Art Exhibition, Dupont Studios, Toronto

2005     - Between the Word and Flesh, Loop Gallery, Toronto

2005     - the body broken - Institute for Christian Studies, Toronto

2004     - the body redeemed - Redeemer University College, Ancaster

2003     - New Work - Loop Gallery - Toronto

2002/3  - Con Fuoco, Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts

             - Eyedentity, Loop Gallery Toronto

2001      - 6981 km from Toronto, Galerie Michalský dvor, Bratislava, Slovakia, Sponsored by Canadian Embassy,

              Czech Republic, Canada Council for the Arts, Czech Airlines

            - Incongruous Conjuctions - Report from a leaking Boat, Loop Gallery, Toronto

2000     - As in a Mirror Dimly, Augustine College, Ottawa

1999     - Joseph Workman Auditorium, Toronto, In collaboration with the New Czech Theatre production of N.

               Simon play „Gingerbread Lady“,

1998     - Sogno La Specola, Goethe Institute, Florence, Italy

1998     - Inner Being II - Tyndale College, Toronto

1997     - Inner Being - Newman Centre, Toronto

1996     - Figures - St. James Cathedral, Toronto

             - Body of Dust - The Lookout Gallery, Regent College, Vancouver, BC.

1995     - Figura grata - Gallery Bonaventura, Prague, Czech Republic

             - Regis College, (University of Toronto): Realism and Resurrection

1994     - Figura non grata, Carnegie Gallery, Dundas

1993     - Forgotten News, Wilfred Laurier University, Waterloo

1992     - Official Presentation of the commissioned portrait of J. McLelland, McGill University, Montreal

1991     - Official presentation of the commissioned portrait of Dr. J. D. Corbett (former principal of Knox

                College), Knox College Library, Toronto

1991/2  - Work on several private and public portrait commissions (for example prof. J. McLelland of McGill

               University, Montreal)

1991     - Exhibition at North York Public Library at the occasion of the launch of a poetry book by Janis Rapoport

                Upon her fluent route — Illustrated by Maria Gabankova

1989     - Free Times Café — Toronto

1987     - The First Canadian Place — Toronto

1985     - Gallerie Alexandre, Montreal

1984     - Waterloo Public Library

1982     - University Women's Club, Vancouver

             - Aries Art Gallery, Ottawa

1981     - Alex Fraser Gallery, Vancouver

1979     - The Canvas Company Gallerie Restaurant, Vancouver

1978     - Gallery West Vancouver

Group Exhibitions:

2011     - An Ordinary Aspect – Joseph D. Carrier Gallery, Toronto

2009     - Praxis Beauty and Truth – Joseph D. Carrier Gallery, Toronto

2008     - Face forward. Contemporary portraiture: Curator’s Choice (Katarina Atanassova) at the Varley Art

                Gallery, Markham

2008     - The inspired line – Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts Gallery and Under the Moon

2008     - Till we have faces – Toronto School of Theology and St. Michaels College, University of Toronto

2008     - Art and Craft Exhibition – St. James Cathedral Archives and Museum, Toronto

2008     - Emmanuel College, Toronto

2008     - Loop Gallery, Toronto - Flex, for The World Washi Summit 3

2008     - Wycliffe College, Toronto - Refresh Conference

2007/8   -Varley Art Gallery, Unionville - Capturing the Human Spirit, Contemporary Portrait Show

2007     - The Lookout Gallery, Regent College, Vancouver, BC -Hope, an invitational show

2007     - Archives and Museum, The Cathedral Church of St. James, Toronto

2007     - Meadowvale Community Church, Mississauga

2007     - „Refresh“ Continuing Education Conference, Wycliffe College, Toronto

2007     - World Assembly of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students at Redeemer University

                College, Ancaster, Ontario

2006     - Buljarica Art, International Group Exhibition, Petrovac, Monte Negro

2006     - Suffering and Glory, an exhibition of Canadian Art and Music, reflections on the events of the Holy

                week, Trinity Anglican Church, Cambridge, Ontario

2006     - Spirit and Creation, a curated exhibition in conjunction with „Refresh“ Conference Wycliffe College,

                University of Toronto

2005     - Ontario Society of Artists, Christmas Exhibition, Toronto

2005     - Exploring the Threshold, Art and Theology in Dialogue, Toronto School of Theology

2005     - Portrait! Who and What are you? Juried exhibition at Varley Gallery, Unionville

2005     - Art Canada 5, Prague, Czech Republic

2004     - Loop Gallery, Christmas Show

2004     - OCAD Mystery Fundraiser - Who dunit?

2004     - For the beauty of the Earth - Rosedale Presbyterian Church

2003     - OCAD Mystery Fundraiser - Who dunit?

2003     - Art Detour, Dupont Studios, Toronto

2003    - New Heaven - New Earth, Look Out Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.

2002     - New Heaven - New Earth, Painted City, Toronto

             - Art Detour, Toronto

             - Canadian Opera and Canadian National Ballet, Invitational at the Hummingbird Centre, Toronto

2001     - Second Annual Christmas Invitational, Loop, Toronto

             - Art Detour, Toronto

2000     - Into Body, Ontario Society of Artists, F. H. Varley Art Gallery, Unionville

             - Art Detour, Toronto

             - Representations, Ontario Society of Artists, Liuetenant Governor Suite, Queens Park, Toronto

             - Evidence of things not seen, Tyndale College, Toronto

             - Looking a head, Cedar Ridge Art Centre, Scarborough

             - Jubilee Art Exhibition, Newman Centre, University of Toronto

2000     - Imago, Art Talks - Institute for Christian Studies, Toronto

             - Loop Gallery - Toronto

1999     - Art Detour, Toronto

             - Through the Glass Brightly - Wycliffe College, Toronto

             - Canadian Spaces, The North American Centre of Oriental Arts, Toronto

1998     - Newman Centre, Toronto

1997     - Junction Arts Festival, Toronto

             - CIVA conference, Juried exhibition, Montreal

1997     - Ontario College of Art and Design, Florence Program Exhibition, Florence, Italy

1996     - Ontario College of Art, Faculty of drawing and Painting, Toronto

1995     - International exhibition of drawings Seoul, South Korea

1994     - POSSE - Exhibition of six painters in former Isaacs Gallery, Toronto

             - Pastel Society of Canada members show, Ottawa, 2nd Prize Award

             - Art Credo, Toronto, 1st Prize Award

             - Ontario College of Art Drawing and Painting Faculty Exhibition

             - Society of Canadian Artists Show, Jury award

1992     - Two exhibitions at Karney Gallery, Toronto

             - 3rd Art Credo Exhibition, Toronto, Awarded 3rd Prize

1990/1  - Karney Gallery and Louise Smith Gallery, Toronto.

             - OCA Faculty show

1975-1990 - participated in twenty group exhibitions accross Canada and USA.

Public and Corporate Collections

Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame

Piquant Publisher, England

Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

Humberside Collegiate, Toronto

Recochem Inc, Montreal, Quebec, Toronto, Ontario

Bombardier, Montreal, Quebec

Presbyterian College, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec

Knox College, University of Toronto

Newman Centre, University of Toronto

Prague Castle, President of Czech Republic, Office

German Art Foundation, Villa Romana, Florence, Italy

Biblical Museum of Canada, Vancouver, B.C.


2011 Portrait of Mr. F. Stenger for the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame

2010 Official Portraits of Redeemer University College Presidents: Mr. H. de Bolster and Mr. J. Cooper

2009 Portraits of Mr. Paul Roy-King and Mr. Peter Heffering for the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame

2008 Portrait work for Star Portraits documentary series by PTV Production to be aired on Bravo TV

2008 Portrait of Mr. P. Ekstein and Mr. J. Walker for the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame

2008 Portrait of Peter Caldwell for Mystery who done it.

2003, 2004, 2005 - OCAD Fundraiser Who done it? Donation of a portrait commission for Art Experience live auction

2006 Portrait of Mr. P. Hannam for the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame

2005 Portrait of Honourable Ch. Mayer, former Canadian Minister of Agriculture, Canadian Agricultural Hall of


2004-2005 Official portrait of Mrs F. Parkin former Principal Harbord Collegiate - Toronto

2004-2007 Work on Copy of M. Gruenewald's Crucifixion panel (Isenheim Altarpiece) for the Biblical Museum of

Canada, Vancouver

Maria Gabankova has been commissioned to paint many portraits in Canada and U.S.A. Among her sitters are several

renowned personalities such as the Czech-Canadian novelists Josef ·kvorecký and Zdena Salivarová, Czech poet Karel

Kryl, Canadian pianist Antonín Kubálek, composer Oskar Morawetz, Dr. J. D. Corbett, principal of Knox College,

professor W. Klempa, principal of Presbyterian College, McGill University - Montreal, or NHL hockey player Miroslav

Fryãer, world ice-skating champion Aja VrzáÀová, as well as many other prominent Canadians.

Works in private collections in Vancouver, New York, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Kingston as well as in Germany,

Czechoslovakia, France, Switzerland and Italy.

Works for Film Productions:

2000 Gossip (Warner Brothers)

1999 Three to tango (Warner Brothers), At the Mercy of a Stranger

1995 Catwalk TV Series,

Works for Theatre Productions:

Czech New Theatre in Toronto.

Publications-Media Coverage

2011 - Interview on Czech Radio 4, Hradec Králové, Parable of the Body Exhibition

2011 - Article in Canadian Mozaic, Canadian Embassy in Prague

2011 - Satellite 1-416, mention in article

2011 - Scan, Parable of the Body, exhibition review

2009 - Czech TV Program with subtitles – Nova Vize; Cable 4 - OMNI 1 TV – Interview about

            Loop exhibition Puzzle;

2009    Satellite 1-416: Josef Cermak: Hadanka Marie Gabankove (Maria Gabankova’s Puzzle)

2009    Finale Daily (Pilsen Film Festival Finale daily Bulletin) mention about visiting artist talk on

            Canadian and Czech émigré culture in Canada

2009   Internet: Pozitivni noviny (Czech internet news): Josef Cermak: Hadanka Marie Gabankove

            (Maria Gabankova’s Puzzle) 5/2009, March 2009

2008 - Nový domov, Toronto - Filosofie a anatomie lidského nitra, Vera Kohoutová

2008 - OMNI TV, Nová vize, Toronto - Interview about Exhibition at Loop Gallery

2008 - Christian Week, Montreal - Nudity doesn't scare this Christian Artist, by Jenna Smith,

         - The Record, Kitchener-Waterloo/Cambridge: „Iluminating the Word“, by Mirko Petricevic

2006 - April issue - Parkhurst exchange,„Shining lights from Eastern Europe“ by Milena Katz

2006 - Nový zábûr - TV - OMNI 1. Documentary about Loop Gallery Exhibition.

2005 - P. Goddard, Toronto Star, December 24, 2005

2005 - Sketch, OCAD, Fall issue, Portrait of the Hon. Ch. Mayer

2005 - Interview in daily newspaper Právo - Prague,

         - Article in Lidové noviny - Prague,

         - Satellite 1-416 - Toronto,

2004 - Nový zábûr - TV - OMNI 1. Fifteen minutes documentary on Redeemer UC Exhibition

2003 - Nový zábûr - TV - OMNI 1. Ten minutes documentary on New Work Exhibition at Loop


2001 - „6981 km from Toronto“ reviewed in Slovak Daily newspapers Sme and Pravda, Slovak TV

          and Slovak Radio.

        - Corriere Canadese, Viaggio nell'arte del corpo umano, by Anna Lisa Rapana

2000 Mention in Weekend Arts: The first 20 years, by R. Haggo - Hamilton Spectator. July 15.

1999 The Anglican, Festival celebrates Christian art, by Sue Careless

         Christian Week, Art Talks, Do we listen? by Sue Careless

1997 Dundas Review, Carnegie Gallery displays an array of Artistic Talent, by P. Bowman

         Christian Week, Art and Faith converge in Montreal, by Ginette Cotnoir

1996 The Catholic Register, Toronto art exhibit nurtures the soul, by Nikki Abraham

         Catholic New Times, The Art of M. Gabánková: an invitation to Contemplation by Nikki


1995 Star Phoenix - Saskatoon, Art probes body for Presence of Soul by Sheila Robertson

1995 Art Focus - Winter issue - Profile by Megan Mueller: Maria Gabánková: Making Monsters.

1995 Canadian Art: Reviews by Betty Ann Jordan

1994 Interviewed on CIUT by Heather Lindsay, Toronto

1994 Dundas Star, Artists lead viewers down path of discovery, by Helen Beswick

         Hamilton Spectator: Review of exhibition in Carnegie Gallery in Dundas, Ont.,

1993 Interview by Z. Salivarová in Czech magazine Vlasta

1993 Czech TV - Documentary

1990-1992 Mentions in Czechoslovakian media

July 1st 1987 Painting Canada 60 min. documentary for CBC (nationwide on Canada Day)

         Interview on Radio Canada International, Montreal

1985 Interview on Radio Canada International, Montreal

         Portrait of an artist — 1/2 hour program on ethnic TV channel Kitchener, Ont.

         Received 1st prize in the Canadian Pastel Society Annual Juried exhibition and competition,

         Ottawa. Mentions in the Citizen

1984 Interviews on the Radio Free Europe and Voice of America

September 1983 Interview on the French CBC Radio, Vancouver

April 9, 1983 The Vancouver Sun — "Putting Life on Line"

May 8, 1980 Art Speak (a bi-weekly gallery review) — "New York Realities"

April 12, 1980 Art Speak, New York — "The New Romantics"

February 14, 1980 The Chelsea Clinton News, New York — "Studies in Black and White"

July 25, 1979 The Vancouver Sun — "The Czechoslovaks"

August 1978 Interviewed on CBC program

Published Reproductions of Work

2009 Behold (Logos Productions Inc., Minnesota, USA) New Song; February 25 – May 31, 2009

2009 The Regent World, (Regent College, Vancouver), mention in How beautiful the feet by dr.

         Maxine Hancock, Summer 2009

2006  February issue - Presbyterian Record - „Reflections“ fullpage reproduction of „Report from

          a leaky Boat“ and a biographical note.

2001  What's On, Toronto Star November 8, 2001. Reproduction of Report from a Leaking Boat

          Portrait of Gordon Skilling in Profile Section of Tbe Globe and Mail and Mladá fronta Dnes Daily (Czech


          Book cover of The Education of a Canadian, by Gordon Skilling - McGill - Queens University Press

2000  Cover for magazine The Glorious Hope, Philippi, WV, USA

1999  Perfect Bodies, Regeneration quaterly, Page 14-15, Cambridge, MA, USA

199/1 Work on illustrations for Upon her fluent route, collection of poems by Janis Rapoport

1988  The Canadian Banker — on cover "Blossom music" (March issue)

          The Canadian Banker — on cover "Irises" (July issue)

1987  Policy Options — on cover "Summer fields Ontario"

          Standa Horn — Tep odvahy (poems) — Toronto

1986  Promûny, New York

1985  Book Cover Ivan Klíma, Moje první lásky,

          68 Publishers—Toronto

          Ethos — Toronto

1982  G. KuÀásek — Love and the Universe (Poems)

          Album cover for The Spanish Masters and Renaissance virtuosi by Alan Reinhart, Vancouver

Conferences, workshops and invited lectures

2009 Finale - Film Festival in Plzen, Czech Republic

         Visiting Artist Talk

2006 International Art Residency in Petrovac, Montenegro

2005 Big Talk Conference, OCAD

2005 Twice Artist Talk for ICS and OCAD at Institute for Christian Studies

2004 Twice Artist Talk Redeemer University College

2003 Visiting artist talk, Prague, Czech Republic

2001 Art Talk about five Toronto Artists in Bratislava, Slovakia and Prague in Czech Republic

2000 Art Talks, ICS, Toronto

         Grimsby Public Art Gallery, Artist lecture

1999 In his Image, guest artist lecture, Augustine College, Ottawa

         Through the Glass Brightly, ICS Toronto

         Intervarsity Conference, Chicago

1996 Visiting Artist, Realist Academy Seattle, WA

1998 Tyndale College

1993 Art and Spirituality - St. Barnabas Church, Agincourt

1991, 1992, 1993 Lecture and workshop at the Orillia Central Ontario Art Association

         Guest lecture at Czechoslovakian Women Council at O.I.S.E.

1989 Burlington Art Centre

1987 Pastel Demonstration in Casa Loma during the First Canadian Pastel Society International


         Garibaldi Art Club, Vancouver

1980s Vancouver Businessmen's Art Club

         University of British Columbia Printmaking Department

Other Professional Activities

2011     Travel and research in Czech Republic and Spain

2010    Florence fall term program coordinator

2009     Travel and Research: Attended Film Festival Finale in Plzen, Czech Republic April 21-25,

2009     During May and June 2009, I visited many historical and contemporary art institutions,

             museums and galleries in Prague, Plzen, Hluboka, Nelahozeves and other places in Czech

             Republic, Austria and Germany. (Photo documentation available upon request.)

2006-8 Work commenced and completed on Monography of my work Body broken/Body redeemed

             published by Piquant Publisher - England. Several booklaunches in Toronto, Hamilton and


2005     Research and travel in Europe - Czech Republic and Montenegro

2003     January till April Sabbatical leave - Studio work, research and travel in Europe

2002     Jury member for the Exhibition Evidence of things unseen, Institute of Christian Studies,


2001     Visited students Exhibitions at the Academy of Art in Prague, Czech Republic and Bratislava,


             Juried Open Ontario Society of Artists Exhibition, Home-chez soi

2000     Art and Soul, Tour of the Dan Donovan art collection with Betty Ann Jordan

1986     Work on Painting Canada, Quebec Documentary Film on Canadian Artists, aired on CBC,

             Canada Day


Ontario Society of Artists

Etobicoke Art Centre Exhibition

Toronto Outdoor Exhibition


OCAD Fundraiser Who done it? Donation of a portrait commission for Art Experience live auction Work executed in

2008. Presentation in February 2009.

OCAD Fundraiser Who done it? Donation of a portrait commission for Art Experience live auction Work executed in

March till June 2006.

The Art of the figure. Annual student exhibition, OCAD since 1998.

OCAD students visit in my studio.

Figure Drawing Marathon 1999 till present

Organization of two OCAD trips to Montreal

OCAD Annual Open House Exhibition


OCAD Courses taught: Critical Response to Contemporary figuration, Figure Drawing, Figure Painting, Portrait

Drawing and Painting, All these on levels 2, 3, 4 - under various course titles 1990 - present, Thesis (research),

Advanced Painting, Florence levels 3, 4 Thesis and level 5

Independent Study

Critical Seminar - Directed Study, Field study

MFA in Drawing and Painting Program - Norwich University, Vermont, artist teacher

Redeeemer University College - Second Year studio painting course