Lillian Sarafinchan

Lillian Sarafinchan was born in Vegreville, Alberta, in 1935. At age 15 she won first prize and the first of her 8 scholarships to summer classes at the Banff School of Fine Arts.

After completing High School, Lillian moved on to the Ontario College of Art (OCA) earning a scholarship for her second year. As a result of being introduced to members of the Group of Seven in Toronto, Jock McDonald, one her instructors at OCA, became a mentor.

She graduated from OCA with the Medal for Proficiency in Drawing and Painting. Upon graduating, Lillian was asked by Harley Parker, another painting instructor at OCA, to collaborate with him and Marshall McLuhan in their redesign and new approach to exhibitions at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in Toronto. They included a fashion show, masks and posters from around the world in their exhibitions.

Lillian continued to paint and was invited to hang one of her paintings in Habitat at Expo ‘67 in Montreal (in the end, three of her works were chosen). Solo exhibitions followed including at Adam and Yves Gallery, two shows at the Dunkleman Gallery, Stong College (York University), where she became a teaching fellow), one in Edmonton, near her home town of Vegreville 1974 which was a special thrill for her, and two solo exhibitions at Toronto’s prestigious Roberts Gallery.

She had by then entered the film business, first in continuity and eventually as an production designer (picking up a Genie along the way, for “Dancing in the Dark”). Eventually she became a sought after location manager and scout.

Her works are owned and appreciated in Canada, the US, England, Australia and the Ukraine, in both private and corporate collections.