Stained Glass - Artist Leo Mol

Biography of Leo Моl (January 15, 1915 – July 4, 2009) was a Ukrainian Canadian artist and sculptor.

Born in the Ukraine in 1915. Studied in the Kunst Akademie, Berlin, Germany and the Academy of Art, the Hague, Netherlands. In 1948 he made his home in Canada.

Executed a number of pieces of sculpture commissioned by various institutions: Canadian Government, the University of Manitoba, St. Clemens University in Rome, Italy; Junior High Dr. Leo Mol’s School, Tacherting, Bavaria, Germany; Technical High School, Eindhoven, Holland. Designed and executed over 80 stained glass windows.

Winner of international competitions, was commissioned a monument to Taras Schevchenko in Washington, D.C., which was unveiled in June, 1964 and a monument to the same post in Buenos Aires, Argentina, unveiled in November, 1971.

Executed a number of busts: Hon John D. Diefenbaker, former Prime Minister of Canada; General Dwight D. Eisenhower; Pope Paul VI; Pope John XXIII, Cardinals Slepiy and Tisserant; painters of the Group of Seven; A. Y. Jackson, Fred Varley, A. Casson.

Work found in permanent collections in Hamilton Art Gallery; McMichael Canadian Collection in Kleinnburg, Ontario; Art Gallery of Toronto; Winnipeg Art Gallery; Riveredge Foundation, Calgary, Alberta; Peter Whyte Gallery, Banff, Alberta; Vatican, Italy. In private collections throughout Canada, the United States, England, Germany, Italy and Holland.

Received awards for scuplture which include: prize in the competition for the sketch of the monument to the late Sir Robert Borden, Ottawa, 1953; purchasing awards at the Hamilton Art Gallery in 1957 and 1959; Honorable mention at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 1956; second prize in the competition for the monument to T. Shevchenko in Winnipeg, 1959; the Allied Arts Medal of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, 1960; first prize in the International competition for the monument to T. Shevchenko in Washington, D.C., 1962; the Jacob C. Stone Prize for a classical figure at the 50th Annual Exhibition of the Allied Artists of America in New York, 1963. Centennial Medal of the Canadian Government, 1967; first prize in the competition for the monument to T. Schevchenko, In Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1969.

Leo was a member president of the Manitoba Society of Artists, member and past vice-president of the Sculptor’s Society of Canada Member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, member of the Allied Artists of America, U.S.A., LL.D. University of Winnipeg.

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