Barry Allikas was born in Montreal. In 1973 he obtained a Diploma in Cinema from Dawson College, Mtl. He began painting in 1975, independent of any institution, and had his first solo show in 1979. After spending several years pursuing ceramics, he resumed painting during two six month residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts. (83-84, 84-85). Since that time, he has exhibited nationally and internationally, and has had his work placed in many important public and private collections. He continues to work and live in Montreal.