Associate Professor
Faculty of Art
416-977-6000, Ext. 1972

Area(s) of Expertise

Figurative Painting, Oil Painting



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

Selected Exhibitions

2001 Incongruous Conjuctions - Report from 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

1996 Body of Dust, The Lookout Gallery, Regent College, Vancouver, BC.

1995 Figura grata, Gallery Bonaventura, Prague, Czech Republic

1995 Regis College, (University of Toronto): Realism and Resurrection

Awards \ Grants

1994 Pastel Society of Canada members show, Ottawa, 2nd Prize Award

1994 Art Credo, Toronto, 1st Prize Award

1994 Society of Canadian Artists Show, Jury award

1987 Pastel Society of Canada, Annual Juried Show, Toronto

1987 Received the Hunt Canada International award

1985 Canadian Pastel Society Annual Juried show, at the Cambrian Rose Gallery, Ottawa. Awarded 1st prize


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 ?kvorecky? and Zdena Salivarov?, Czech poet Karel Kryl, Canadian pianist Anton?n Kub?lek, 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 Frycer, world ice-skating champion Aja Vrz?nov?, 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)

1999 At the Mercy of a Stranger

1995 Catwalk TV Series

Works for Theatre Productions:

Czech New Theatre in Toronto

Selected Publications

2001 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

1990 - 1991 Work on illustrations for Upon her fluent route, collection of poems by Janis Rapoport

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

1988 The Canadian Banker ? on cover "Irises" (July issue)

1987 Policy Options ? on cover "Summer fields Ontario"

1987 Standa Horn ? Tep odvahy (poems) ? Toronto

1986 Promeny, New York

1985 Book Cover Ivan Kl?ma, Moje prvn? l?sky,

68 Publishers, Toronto

Professional Affiliations / Boards / Juries

1998 Imago, Toronto

1997 Ontario Society of Artists

1997 Pastel Society of Ontario

1997 CIVA - U.S.A

1985 Pastel Society of Canada