Aba Bayefsky

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Aba Bayefsky
Born (1923-04-07)April 7, 1923
Toronto, Ontario
Died May 5, 2001(2001-05-05) (aged 78)
Toronto, Ontario

Aba Bayefsky, CM (April 7, 1923 – May 5, 2001) was a Canadian artist and teacher.

He was born in Toronto, the second son of a Russian-born father and a Scottish-born mother, he studied at the Central Technical School. During his teens, he attended classes at the Children’s Art Centre of the Art Gallery of Ontario, where he was encouraged by such artists as Arthur Lismer, Erma Sutcliffe, Dorothy Medhurst, and A. Y. Jackson. He later studied at the Académie Julian.

He enlisted in the RCAF in October, 1942, and was made a Flight Lieutenant. He was appointed an official war artist in December, 1944, assigned to depict airborne operations over north-west Europe. He made several paintings of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.[1]

After the war, he was an instructor at the Ontario College of Art. In 1958, he joined the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.

In 1979, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada.


  1. Celinscak, Mark (2015). Distance from the Belsen Heap: Allied Forces and the Liberation of a Concentration Camp. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. ISBN 9781442615700. line feed character in |title= at position 18 (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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