Pavlo Lopata was born in the village of Kaliniv [Presov region], Slovak Republic on March 20, 1945. He studied at the University of Fine Arts in Bratislava from 1966-1968. In 1969 he emigrated to Canada and resided in Toronto.
He obtained a Commercial Arts Diploma from George Brown College  and a Fine Arts Diploma from the Ontario College of Art . From 1991 to 1998 he was curator and executive director of the Ukrainian Canadian Art Foundation. During this period he organized over 70 exhibits of many different artists from Canada, USA and Ukraine.
In his artistic endeavours he has mastered the use of pencil, egg tempera, acrylics and oils. Many themes are visible in his works, such as, portraits, wooden churches, icons, linear expressionism and surrealistic symbolism.
Pavlo is also a prolific author of over 400 articles related to the arts, culture and history, published in periodicals, journals and newspapers.
To date, over 1,000 of his artistic works can be found in private and museum collections in Canada, USA, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic and Ukraine. In 2014 he gifted 21 of his surrealistic-symbolism paintings to his native village where they are now permanently displayed in Galeria - Pavlo Lopata [www.kalinov.sk/fotogaleria]. He has held 30 solo exhibits and participated in over 100 group shows.
He presently lives and works in his private studio gallery in Kingsville, Ontario, the southernmost municipality in Canada.