Diary 9967
Oil on Canvas : 50 x 120 inches ( 127 x 305 cm)
Inventory # 16351
Yehouda Chaki

Yehouda Chaki was born in Athens in 1938, lived in Tel Aviv from 1945 until 1960, and then emigrated to Montreal, Canada in 1962 where he continues to live and work.  From 1967 until 1989, Chaki was head of Painting and Drawing, Department of Fine Arts, at the Saidye Bronfman Centre.  Presently, he still acts as an artistic advisor for the centre.

Chaki was educated both in Tel Aviv and at the École des Beaux Arts, Paris.  He began exhibiting in group exhibitions in 1959, and solo exhibitions in 1962.  Chaki is represented in collections around the world, and the subject of "Chaki: A Language of Passion", published by Buschlen Mowatt Fine Arts, Vancouver, 1994.  

The essence of Chaki’s work has been described as a collision of the outside world with the artist’s innermost visceral perceptions.  His most recent work: landscapes and still-life’s, are created by selecting and assembling commonly known elements of nature so as to present us with a newly ordered vision of the world.  Although no element in his artworks can be traced to actual places and plants, he presents us with a believable reality yet entirely of his own making.  The essence of the painting is to be found in their execution.  Shapes are defined by forceful lines or clashes of colour, distance is conveyed by subtle shadings contrasting with brutal overlaps, light and mood proceed from chromatic interplays laced with telling brushwork.

Emotion and reason coexist and complement each other in these works.  Reason being the product of Chaki’s extraordinary drawing skill, emotion guiding his sense of colour.  When read in depth, a landscape done by Chaki leaves us with substantial intellectual pleasure and vast emotional enrichment.

Excerpts from “Introduction”, “Chaki: A Language of Passion”, by Leo Rosshandler, IAAC.

Notable Public & Private Collections

Abitibi-Price Aird & Berlis, Toronto
Aldo Group Avmor
Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredricton, NB Beit Yad leBanim Museum, Holon, Isreal
Ben-Gurion University, Isreal Bentall 5, Vancouver, BC
Beth Tikvah, Montreal, QC Brookfield Asset MGMT Inc., Toronto, ON
Calgary Petroleum Club, Calgary, AB Campbell, Godfrey & Lewtas, Toronto, ON
Canadian Consulate, New York, NY Canadian Embassy, Argentina
CIL Collection, Montreal, QC Claridge, Montreal, QC
Coca-Cola Limited, Montreal, QC Concordia University, Montreal, QC
Cormark Securities Inc., Toronto, ON Desjardins Ducharme, Montreal, QC
Eretz Israel Museum, Israel Fort Lauderdale Museum, FL
Gaz Metropolitain, Montreal, QC General Electric, Toronto, ON
Holy Blossom Temple, Toronto, ON Hotel Intercontinental, Toronto, ON
Husky Oil, Calgary, AB Hydro Quebec, Montreal, QC
Imperial Oil Limited, Toronto, ON Jerusalem City Hall, Israel
Lavalin Inc, Montreal, QC Loto-Quebec Collection, Montreal, QC
Montefiore Club, Montreal, QC Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, QC
Mouvement Desjardins, QC Murray Axmith, Toronto, ON
Musee d'Art Contemporain de Montreal Musee d'Art Juif, Paris, France
Musee de Toulon, France Musee de foyer d'Israel, Belgium
Musee du Bas-Saint-Laurent, QC Museo de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
National Assembly, Quebec City Petrocan, Calgary, AB
Philadelphia Museum, PA Reitman Collection, Montreal, QC
Rose Museum, Boston, MA Royal Bank of Canada, Montreal, QC
Security Pacific Bank, Toronto, ON Shaar Hashomayim Synagogue, Montreal, QC
Shell Resources, Calgary, AB SOQUIP, Montreal, QC
The Robert McLauglin Gallery, ON Universite de Montreal, Montreal, QC
University of New Brunswick Museum, NB  

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2012  Gallery DeNovo, Sun Valley, ID
  Gallery Jones, Vancouver, BC 
  Newzones Gallery, Calgary, AB
  Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, QC
2011 Odon Wagner Contemporary, Toronto, ON
  Galerie St. Laurent + Hill, Ottawa, ON
2010 Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver, BC
  Concordia University, Montreal, QC
2009 Odon Wagner Gallery, Toronto, ON
  Gallery De Novo, Sun Valley, ID
2008 Buschlen Mowatt Gallery Vancouver, BC
2006 Odon Wagner Gallery, Toronto, ON
2005 McIntosh Gallery, London, ON
  Buschlen Mowatt Gallery,Vancouver, BC
  UNB Art Center, Fredericton, NB
2004 Galerie St-Laurent + Hill, Ottawa, ON
2002 Odon Wagner Gallery, Toronto, ON
2001 Hart House Gallery, Toronto, ON
  Buschlen Mowatt Gallery,Vancouver, BC
2000 The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, ON
  Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1999 Waddington & Gorce,  Montreal, QC
1998 Odon Wagner Gallery, Toronto, ON
  Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1997 Virginia Christopher Gallery, Calgary, AB
1996 Odon Wagner Gallery, Toronto, ON
1995 Waddington & Gorce, Montreal, QC
  Virginia Christopher Gallery, Calgary, AB
1994  Galerie Dresdnere, Toronto, ON
  Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1993 Odon Wagner Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
  Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1992 Robertson Galleries, Ottawa, ON
  Waddington & Gorce, Montreal, QC
1991 Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1990 Galerie Dresdnere, Toronto, ON
  Robertson Galleries, Ottawa, ON
  Galerie Madeleine Lacerte, QC
  Galerie Barbara Silverberg, Montreal, QC
1989 Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver, BC
  Galerie Daniel, Montreal, QC
  Galerie Dresdnere, Toronto, ON
1987 Galerie Madeleine Lacerte, QC City, QC
  Glerie Daniel,Montreal, QC
1986 Robertson Galleries, Ottawa, ON
  Galerie Dresdnere, Toronto, ON

Selected Group Exhibitions

Chaki has participated in over 450 group exhibitions in galleries across North and South America, Europe and the Middle East since 1959.


1960-63 Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris, France under Prof. Bercier
1958-60 Avni Academy, Tel Aviv, Israel, under Stematsky, Mokadi, Streichman
1952-56 Studied under Prof. Joseph Schwartzman, Tel Aviv, Israel