Pavlo Lopata was born in the village of Kaliniv, Pryashiv region, Slovak Republic in 1945. After his studies at the University of Fine Arts in Bratislava he emigrated to Toronto, Canada in 1969. He obtained his Commercial Arts Diploma from George Brown College in 1972, and inMay 1986 obtained a Fine Arts Diploma from the Ontario College of Art, Toronto.
Pavlo was curator and executive director of the Ukrainian Canadian Art Foundation for 8 years during which time he organized over 70 exhibits of many artists from Canada, USA and Ukraine. He has mastered the use of pencil, egg tempera, acrylics and oils.
Pavlo is also a prolific author, having written over 350 articles related to the arts, culture & history that have been published In periodicals, Journals and newspapers. To date, over 900 of his artistic works can be found in private and museum collections In Canada, USA, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic and Ukraine.
He has held 27 solo exhibits and participated in over 70 group shows. Among many art awards he received Pavlo is also a recipient of the 1997 "Outstanding Contribution to the Arts" awarded by the Masaryk Academy of Arts, Prague, Czech Republic (other recipients include Milos Forman, Luciano Pavarotti, Karel Gott).
He presently lives and works in his private studio in a ukrainian community "Poltawa Country Club" in the village of Terra Cotta northwest of Toronto.