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Yehouda Chaki in studio, 2016

Yehouda Leon Chaki is a Greek-born Canadian artist based in Montreal, Quebec. Best known for his colourful palette and expressionistic landscapes, he began exhibiting in 1959 and today his work can be found in over 50 public and corporate collections and museums around the world such as Concordia University, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.,[1] Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montréal,[2] Jerusalem City Hall, and the Museo de Arte Moderna in Rio de Janeiro.[3]

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BiographyEdit

 
Chaki with his "Mi Makir exhibit

Yehouda Chaki was born in Athens, Greece on December 11, 1938. He is the son of Sephardic Jewish parents and his early childhood was marked by the Holocaust. Chaki and his parents spent five years secretly living in the home of a Christian family in Athens before they could safely relocate to Israel with his younger brother.

This event inspired many of his works including his 1968 painting which was hung at Concordia University[4] titled "Express Train from Salonika to Auschwitz"[5] depicting the transport of Jews to the concentration camps during the Holocaust [6] and the 1999 Mi Makir installation[7] described in the book "Mi Makir: A Search for the Missing". This exhibit featured a wall filled with dark unframed portraits of Holocaust victims each bearing a number in the top left corner, and a large pile of books on the floor.

Chaki lived in Holon, near Tel Aviv, from 1945 to 1960. Throughout his adolescence, he studied painting, drawing and printmaking under Joseph Schwartzman and in his teens entered the Avni Institute of Art to study with Avigdor Stematsky, Moshe Mokady and Yehezchel Streichman. Following compulsory army service, he moved to Paris to complete his education at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts while working for artist Yaacov Agam.

In Paris, Chaki met Montrealer Grace Aronoff who was a student at the Sorbonne. The couple married in Montreal, Canada in 1963. They have two children, Lisa, married to Alan Post and Adam Chaki, married to Lisa Noto.

CareerEdit

 
2012 quadtych oil on canvas by Yehouda Chaki
 
1988 "The Four Seasons" oil on canvas by Yehouda Chaki owned by The Royal Bank of Canada

Chaki exhibits regularly while continuing to work out of his studio in Montreal. In 1967, Chaki became head of Painting and Drawing in the Department of Fine Arts[8] at the Saidye Bronfman Centre of Montreal until 1989.

Yehouda Chaki is currently represented by six major galleries including Galerie de Bellefeuille in Montreal, Odon Wagner Gallery in Toronto, Gallery Jones in Vancouver, Galerie St Laurent & Hill in Ottawa, Newzones in Calgary, and Melissa Morgan Fine Art in Palm Desert. Chaki has also worked on commissions by various patrons of the arts. In 1987 the Congregation Shaar Hashomayim commissioned Chaki to design a large tapestry in honour of the synagogue's 145th anniversary,[9] in 1988 he painted "The Four Seasons" that is hanging at Place Ville-Marie[10] for the Royal Bank of Canada, in 2000 Chaki designed the stained glass windows[11] for the Adath Israel Congregation of Montreal, and in 2001 Salvatore Guerrera commissioned another work in stained glass[12] for Concordia University. Chaki is also known for having created the bronze statue presented to the winners of Canada's premier fiction award,[13] the Giller Prize, from 1994 to 2004.[14]

Over the years his work has been reviewed in art journals such as ARTnews and Vie des Arts[15] and supported by eminent art critics such as John Russell Harper in "Chaki: Recent Paintings" published by Galerie Dresdnere in 1982.[16] Chaki is also the subject of the book "Chaki: A Language of Passion,"[17] published by Buschlen Mowatt Fine Arts in 1994 with essays by Barrie Mowatt, Leo Rosshandler and Herbert Aronoff. In 2017, Yehouda Chaki was featured on Federation CJA's website celebrating the Jews who played a major role in Quebec history, culture, and society.

"Oasis 1001": 1974 oil on canvas, collection of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
1983 oil on canvas from the Lavalin collection of the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art
1996 tri-millenium printed poster in the Jerusalem City Hall
Chaki and crew installing the stained glass ("Make a Joyful Noise Unto the Lord") at Adath Israel Congregation of Montreal

CollectionsEdit

Abitibi-Price

Adath Israel Congregation, Montreal (Stained Glass)

Aird & Berlis, Toronto

Aldo Group, Montréal

Avmor, Montreal

Astral Media, Montreal

Beaverbrook Art Gallery, New Brunswick

Beit Yad leBanim Museum, Holon

Ben-Gurion University, Beersheba (mural)

Bentall 5, Vancouver

Beth Tikvah, Montreal

Brookfield Asset Management Inc.

Calgary Petroleum Club, Calgary

Campbell, Godfrey & Lewtas, Toronto

Canadian Consulate, New York

Canadian Embassy, Argentina

CIL Collection, Montreal

Claridge, Montreal

Coca-Cola Limited, Montreal

Concordia University, Montreal

Concordia University – JMSB Tunnel Project (Stained Glass)

Congregation Tifereth Beth David Jerusalem, Montreal (Tapestry)

Cormark Securities Inc.

Desjardins Ducharme, Montreal

Digital Equipment, Toronto

Eretz Israel Museum, Israel

Fogler, Rubinoff, Toronto

Fort Lauderdale Museum, Florida

Gaz Métropolitain, Montréal

General Electric, Toronto

Heather James Fine Art, Jackson WY

Holy Blossom Temple, Toronto

Hotel Intercontinental, Toronto

Husky Oil, Calgary

Hydro Québec, Montreal

Imperial Oil Limited, Toronto

Jerusalem City Hall, Israel

Jewish General Hospital, Montreal

La Corporation du Groupe La Laurentienne, Montréal

Lavalin Inc, Montreal

Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Montreal

Loewen, Ondaatje. McCutcheon, Toronto

Loto-Québec Collection, Montreal

Melissa Morgan Fine Art, Palm Desert CA

Montefiore Club, Montreal

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Mouvement Desjardins, Québec

Murray Axmith, Toronto

Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montréal

Musée d'Art Juif, Paris

Musée de Toulon, France

Musée de foyer d'Israël, Belgium

Musée du Bas-Saint-Laurent

Museo de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro

National Assembly, Québec City

Olympia and York

Petrocan, Calgary

Philadelphia Museum

Plutonic Power Corporation

Reitman Collection, Montreal

Rose Museum, Boston

Royal Bank of Canada, Montreal

Royal Bank of Canada, Place Ville-Marie, Montreal (commission)

Security Pacific Bank, Toronto

Senvest Capital Inc., Montreal

Shaar Hashomayim Synagogue, Montreal (Tapestry)

Shell Resources, Calgary

SOQUIP, Montreal

SOQUIP, Quebec

The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Ontario

Tory, Tory & Bennington, Toronto

Université de Montréal, Montreal

University of New Brunswick Museum, Fredericton, New Brunswick

West-Sun Capital Collection, Montreal

ExhibitionsEdit

Chaki has had over 100 solo exhibitions since 1962.

2016 Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, Quebec
Galerie St. Laurent + Hill, Ottawa, Ontario
2015 Odon Wagner Gallery, Toronto
Gallery Jones, Vancouver, British Columbia
2014 Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, Quebec
Galerie St. Laurent + Hill, Ottawa, Ontario
2012 Gallery DeNovo, Sun Valley, Idaho
Gallery Jones, Vancouver, British Columbia
Newzones Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, Quebec
2011 - Odon Wagner Gallery, Toronto
- Galerie St. Laurent + Hill, Ottawa
2010 - Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia
- Four Seasons: JMSB Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec
- Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, Quebec
2009 - Gallery De Novo, Sun Valley, Idaho
- Odon Wagner Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2008 - Buschlen Mowatt Gallery Vancouver, British Columbia
2007 - Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, Quebec
- Galerie St-Laurent + Hill, Ottawa, Ontario
2006 - Buschlen Mowatt Gallery Vancouver, British Columbia
- Odon Wagner Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2005 - McIntosh Gallery London, Ontario
- Buschlen Mowatt Gallery Vancouver, British Columbia
-UNB Art Center Fredericton, New Brunswick
2004 -Galerie deBellefeuille, Montreal, Quebec
-Galerie St-Laurent + Hill, Ottawa, Ontario
2002 -Odon Wagner Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2001 -Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia
-Hart House Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2000 -Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia
-The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Ontario
1999 -Waddington & Gorce, Montreal, Quebec
1998 -Odon Wagner Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
-Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia
1997 -Virginia Christopher Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
-Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia
1996 -Odon Wagner Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
1995 -Waddington & Gorce, Montreal. Quebec
-Virginia Christopher Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
-Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia
1994 -Galerie Dresdnere, Toronto, Ontario
-Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia
1993 -Odon Wagner gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona
-Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia
1992 -Robertson Galleries, Ottawa, Ontario
-Waddington & Gorce, Montreal, Quebec
1991 -Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia
1990 -Galerie Dresdnere, Toronto, Ontario
-Robertson Galleries, Ottawa, Ontario
-Galerie Madeleine Lacerte, Quebec City, Quebec
-Galerie Barbara Silverberg, (ceramics), Montreal, Quebec
1989 -Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia
-Galerie Daniel, Montreal, Quebec
1988 -Robertson Galleries, Ottawa, Ontario
-Galerie Dresdnere, Toronto, Ontario
1987 -Galerie Madeleine Lacerte, Quebec City, Quebec
-Galerie Daniel, Montreal, Quebec
1986 -Robertson Galleries, Ottawa, Ontario
-Galerie Dresdnere, Toronto, Ontario
1985 -Galerie Daniel, Montreal, Quebec
1984 -Galerie Dresdnere, Toronto, Ontario
1983 -Arras Gallery, New York City, New York
-Galerie Lacerte-Guimont, Quebec City, Quebec
-Robertson Galleries, Ottawa, Ontario
1982 -Galerie Dresdnere, Toronto, Ontario
1981 -Galerie Don Stewart, Montreal, Quebec
-Galerie Dresdnere, Toronto, Ontario
-Robertson Galleries, Ottawa, Ontario
1979 -Galerie Dresdnere, Toronto, Ontario
-Robertson Galleries, Ottawa, Ontario
1977 -Goldmann Gallery, Haifa, Israel
1976 -Galerie Dresdnere, Toronto, Ontario
-Galerie Gilles Corbeil, Montreal, Quebec
1975 -Arras Gallery, New York City, New York
-Modern Art Gallery, Old Jaffa, Israel
1974 -Galerie Dresdnere, Toronto, Ontario
1973 -Waddington Galleries, Montreal, Quebec
1972 -Pucker/Safrai Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts
1971 -Waddington Galleries, Montreal, Quebec
-Galerie Dresdnere, Toronto, Ontario
1969 -Modern Art Gallery, Old Jaffa, Israel
-Galerie Dresdnere, Toronto, Ontario
1968 -Waddington Galleries, Montreal, Quebec
1967 -Galerie Dresdnere, Toronto, Ontario
1966 -Waddington Galleries, Montreal, Quebec
1964 -Waddington Galleries, Montreal, Quebec
-Pollock Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
1963 -Gallery 1640, Montreal, Quebec (pen and ink drawings)
-Montreal Gallery, Montreal, Quebec
-Beit Yad leBanim, Holon, Israel
1962 -Musée du foyer d'Israel, Brussels, Belgium
-Gallery 22, Oslo, Norway

Group exhibitionsEdit

Chaki has participated in over 450 group exhibitions in galleries across North and South America, Europe and the Middle East.

2014 - Heather James Fine Art, Jackson, WY
- Melissa Morgan Fine Art, Palm Desert CA
- Gallery Jones, Vancouver, British Columbia
2003 - Art 2003, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, Quebec
2002 -Art 2002, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, Quebec
2000 -Clay 2000, Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel
1999 -The Park: An Artist's Eye, McLure Gallery, Montreal, Quebec
1996 -Avmor Collection Exhibition, Musee Marc-Aurele Fortin
-Jerusalem 3000, Jerusalem, Israel
1994 -Artists in Bloom, Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia
1992 -Rio: 1992 Conference for the Ecology, Museo do Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1991 -Waddington & Gorce, Montreal, Quebec
1989 -From Sea to Sea, The Great Canadian Landscape, Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia
1988 -Galerie Dresdnere, Toronto, Ontario
-Galerie Madeleine Lacerte, Quebec City, Quebec
-Buschlen Mowatt Gallery,Vancouver, British Columbia
1987 -Galerie Dresdnere, Toronto, Ontario
-Place des Arts, Montreal, Quebec
-Galerie Daniel, Montreal, Quebec
-Robertson Galleries, Ottawa, Ontario
-Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia
1986 -Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia
-Art Amaze, Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
-Galerie Daniel, Montreal, Quebec
1985 -Galerie Daniel, Montreal, Quebec
-Arras Gallery, New York City, New York
-Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia
-Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
1981 -Nickel Arts Museum, Calgary, Alberta
-Arras Gallery, New York City, New York
1980 -Elca London Gallery, Montreal, Quebec
-Galerie Don Stewart, Montreal, Quebec
-Quebec Government House, Quebec City, Quebec
-Chaleur History Museum,New Brunswick
-Art Gallery of Windsor,Windsor, Ontario
1979 -The Station Gallery, Whitby Arts Inc., Whitby, Ontario
-Brampton Public library & Art Gallery, Brampton, Ontario
-Cambridge Public Library, Cambridge, Ontario
-Sarnia Public Library & Gallery, Sarnia, Ontario
-Service de Loisirs et de la Culture, Quebec City, Quebec
-Bureau Seigneurial de l’Ile des Moulins, Quebec
-The Belleville Public Library, Belleville, Ontario
1977 -CIL Collection, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Quebec
-York University, Downsview, Ontario
-Timmins Museum, Timmins, Ontario
-Erindale College, Toronto, Ontario
-The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Quebec
-Musee de la Mer Havre-Aubert, Quebec
-Mouvement Socio-culturel de la Tuque, Quebec
-Musee du Quebec, Quebec City, Quebec
1977 -The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia
-Consolidate-Bathurst Limited, Bathurst, New Brunswick
1976 -Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Re-Opening Exhibition, Montreal, Quebec
-Galerie Gilles Corbeil, Montreal, Quebec
-National Exhibitions Center, Castlegar, British Columbia
-Sir Sanford Fleming College, Peterborough, Ontario
-La Societe d’Etudes et de Conferences, Ottawa, Ontario
-Memorial University Art Gallery, St. John’s, Newfoundland
1974 -Les Amis de l’Art, Trois Pistoles, Quebec
-Galerie Dresdnere, Toronto, Ontario
-Arras Gallery, New York City, New York
1974 -Arras Gallery, New York City, New York
-CEGEP de Rouyn, Noranda, Quebec
1972 -59th Annual meeting of CPPA, Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal, Quebec
-Pembroke Industries Association, Pembroke, Ontario
-National Wallpaper & Paints Limited, Sherbrooke, Quebec
-L’atelier des Arts du Grand-Portage, Riviere du Loup, Quebec
-Ecole Polyvalente de Matane, Quebec
-Le Musee Regional de Rimouski, Quebec
-Centre Social Municipal de la Tuque, Quebec
-La Societe des Arts de Chicoutimi, Quebec
-Le Syndicat de Quebec, Quebec City, Quebec
-Le Conseil de Ville du Cap de la Madeleine, Quebec
-Les Secteurs Socio-culturels du -Service de loisirs ed du CEGEP de -Victoriaville, Quebec
-Le Centre Culturel de -Drummondville, Quebec
1971 -La Galerie du Centre Culturel de Joliette, Quebec
-County of Peel Museum & Art Gallery, Brampton, Ontario
-Art Gallery Foundation of St. Thomas & Elgin, St. Thomas, Ontario
-Niagra College of Applied Arts and Technology, Welland, Ontario
-Sheridan College of Applied Arts and Technology, Oakville, Ontario
-The Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba
-Pucker/Safrai Gallery,Boston, Massachusetts
1971 -Canadian Exhibition, Man and His World, Montreal, Quebec
-Pucker/Safrai Gallery,Boston, Massachusetts
-Le Centre Culturel de Beloeil, Quebec
-Sir Sanford Fleming College, Peterborough, Ontario
1968 -Public Library,Fort Frances, Ontario
-Richelieu Centennial, Richelieu, Quebec
-Restigouche Arts Society,Campbellton, New Brunswick
-Le Cercle Artistique, Edmundston, New Brunswick
1967 -City Hall,Toronto, Ontario
1966 -Galerie Dresdnere, Toronto, Ontario
1965 -Un festival de peintures au Quebec, Montreal, Quebec
-Gaby Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Quebec
1963 -La foret, Montreal Gallery, Montreal, Quebec
1962 -Jewish Artists- Prix Neumann, Musee d'art Juif, Paris, France
-Palais de Compiegne, France
1961 -Travelling Exhibition of Israeli Painters, France Salon d'Art Moderne, Paris, France
1959 -Young Israeli Painters, Tel Aviv, Israel
-Israeli Painters, Tel Aviv, Israel

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ Bélisle, Josée (1994). La Collection Lavalin de Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montreal. Montreal: Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal. p. 234. ISBN 2761911997.
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  9. ^ Shuchat, Wilfred (2000-09-15). Gate of Heaven: The Story of Congregation Shaar Hashomayim in Montreal, 1846-1996. McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP. ISBN 9780773568662.
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  14. ^ "A taste of the glamorous life". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2017-04-03.
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