Painter, watercolourist, printmaker, sculptor and muralist, Bronislaw Josephus "Bruno" Bobak was born in 1923 in Poland, and immigrated with his family to Canada in 1925. He studied art with Arthur Lismer and Gordon Webber at the Art Gallery of Toronto (1933-37), and with Carl Schaefer and Elizabeth Wyn Wood at the Central Technical School, Toronto (1938- 42). He served in the Canadian Army (1943-46), and was an official war artist (1944-46). In 1945, he married the artist Molly Lamb. He taught at the Vancouver School of Art (1947-57), and was the artist in residence at the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, (1960-61), and the director of the Art Centre there (1962-88). In 1973, he became a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, and in 1983, the Sir George Williams Art Galleries, Concordia University, organized a touring retrospective of his work.