Vladimir Horik

Vladimir Horik was born February 14th 1939, in Edmonton, Alberta. Nothing in Vladimir Horik’s background seemed to indicate that he would eventually become a painter. He was born into a humble family of Ukrainian immigrants who were farmers in their home country. At the age of 17, the young man eager for change and adventure joined the Canadian army from 1956 to 1965. In 1961, he was transferred to Camp Valcartier in the province of Quebec. Vladimir did not take long to learn French and become so well integrated in the Quebec culture that he decided to settle there and start a family.

In 1965, Horik’s love for adventure turned to studying full-time at the Quebec School of Fine-arts. In order to provide for his family, he also completed a teaching certificate specialized in visual arts at Laval University. In 1968, seeking to broaden his horizons, Horik traveled with his family for a year to Europe, North Africa and America. Although this trip was extremely enriching in many regards, it made him realize that he truly belonged in Canada and that it would be hard to find a better place to live. With this conviction, he returned to Quebec to finish his studies.

In the 1970’s, Horik left the city to settle in Charlevoix. That’s how he became one of the forerunners of a new generation of artists who moved to Charlevoix, reinforcing the already well established artistic vocation of the region and giving it a new vigor. While Horik would travel back and forth from his studio in Saint-Hilarion to Quebec City to teach, he continued to paint and participate in many expositions. In 1976, as Horik grew in popularity, he was able to dedicate himself entirely to painting.

For the past 12 years, his scope of activity widened owing to the cooperation of his son and agent, Martin, who manages Horik International Diffusion. His career has been blossoming for over 35 years and has been enriched by major expositions and special projects. His work can be found in an increasing number of both private and public collections all over the world. Over the years, the richness of his pallet and the luminosity of his paintings have merited him the nick name “alchemist of colors”.

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