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Mel Boyaner (BBHS attended 1937)

Born: 1924, Montreal, Quebec

Mel Boyaner attended BBHS in the 1930s. He joined the RCAF in 1943. After the war, he took evening classes at Sir George Williams High School where he discovered his love of art. While he was working in the fur trade, he took evening art classes with Montreal artists Moe Reinblatt, Gita Kaiserman and Alfred Pinsky.

In 1956, he continued at École des beaux-arts de Montreal where he was greatly encouraged by his teacher Jean Bertrand to further his studies in Europe. Following this advice, Boyaner traveled throughout Europe and decided to study full time in London at Regent Street Polytechnic School of Art, where he was awarded a two-year scholarship. Boyaner received his diploma in 1962 and subsequently won a one-year grant to continue his research in lithography.

In 1963, he began teaching at Croydon College of Art in England. He showed his work in a number of group exhibitions in Europe such as the second and third Print Biennale of Graphic Art in Kracow Poland, the first British international Print Biennale in Bradford England, the Premio Biella per l’incisione in Italy (by invitation), and many more. In 1969, Mel was invited to teach at UQAM where he remained until his retirement, all the while participating in workshops and exhibiting in group and solo shows.

He continues to work and create.