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Bhat Boy - Imaginary and Envisionist Artist

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Liana Voia

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Bhat Boy was born in London, England somewhere in the latter half of the 20th Century. He immigrated to Canada on a steam ship in 1966, and became a naturalized Canadian and grew up in the Nation's Capital with his parents - a cleaning lady and a spy.

 After a sojourn in Europe in the 80’s too colourful to describe to gallery goers, Bhat Boy returned to Canada to attend the Ontario College of Art disguised as mild mannered Ian Van Lock. His studies included a year in Florence, Italy, where he learnt the technique of the masters.

Bhat Boy spends much of his time traveling about with his paintings, selling work in Canada, the United States and Europe. He has had shows in Florence, Toronto, San Francisco, London, New York, Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Ottawa. His work can be found on every continent but Antarctica.

Bhat Boy's time is divided between the Nation's Capital where he has executed several public commissions and is founder of "Art in the Park" (an annual arts festival), and London, where pursues his professional carrer. He is an internationally renowned artist, and refers to himself and his work as an Envisionist.

Bhat Boy is well known as a community activist and organizer in Ottawa. He has been an active member of the International Society of Art of the Imagination, since 1991. He continues to live and work in Canada’s National Capital. His hobbies include drinking tea, and drawing maps.

His website is http://bhatboy.com