Liliana Berezowsky was born in Krakow, Poland in 1944.
After arriving in Canada as a small child, she completed a degree at the University of Toronto before moving to South America where she lived for six years.
Two experiences there would influence her work significantly. One was surviving a commercial airplane crash as the only one of eleven remaining passengers without serious injury. The other was witnessing oil derricks piercing the earth in the jungle- a riveting contrast of the modern and the primitive.
Arriving in Montreal on her return to Canada, again displaced, again marginal, without French, without friends, the structures on the rooftops seen from elevated expressways became her first companions.
She decided to dare pursue her childhood dream of becoming an artist, completing both her Bachelor and Master Degrees in Fine Arts at Concordia University.
Her work has always integrated the lived, composted experiences of her life although she has never adopted them into her sculpture directly or by a forced process. Often the emergent allusions provide her with an unexpected surprise. That Jenyk IV, for example, based on the port and the needle trade industries, contained within it references to the dissolution of her marriage, was totally unanticipated.
The Greek myths her father read to her at bedtime, her children, the men who have been part of her life, the contradictions and paradoxes of her lived experience, all have contributed to the expression of her art.
She has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout Canada and in Berlin. Her work is part of many museum collections: the National Gallery of Canada, the Museums of Fine Art and Contemporary Art in Montreal, the Museums of Quebec, of Joliette, of Lachine among others in Canada. She has also produced a number of public works in Quebec.
Two art catalogues have been published on her work: the first by the Saydie Bronfman Art Center in 1989 and the other by CIAC in 1999. Her work is represented in a number of group catalogues. She also has a page in Anne Newland’s Canadian Art.
She is teaching part-time at Concordia University since 1988.