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Bruno Bobak was born at Wawelowska, Poland in 1923 and emigrated to Canada in 1927. He took Saturday morning art classes in Toronto under Arthur Lismer at the age of thirteen and later at the Central Technical School. He joined the army in 1942 and was chosen to be an official war artist during World War II. He married fellow war artist Molly Lamb in 1945 and settl3e4d in Ottawa directly after the war. They moved to moved to Vancouver in 1947 where Bobak then taught at the Vancouver School of Art.
Bobak won much critical acclaim after working and teaching on the west coast for ten years. He moved to Fredericton, New Brunswick in 1960 to serve as artist in residence at the University of New Brunswick. In 1962 he became the Director of the University of New Brunswick Art Center.
Although Bobak retired in 1986, he continues to paint. He is a member of the 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, and the Royal Canadian Academy. He has participated in more than two hundred and fifty group exhibitions and has had more than eighty one-man shows, nationally and internationally.