Barry Allikas was born in Montreal, and studied Cinema at Dawson College. Shortly thereafter he began painting. His first solo show was in 1979, and since then he has exhibited across Canada, as well as in France, Germany, Mexico and New York. His work is in many important collections, including the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; Musée National du Québec; Hydro-Quebec; Caisse de Depot; Banque National; and Giverny Capital. He currently lives and works in Montreal, and is represented by Division Gallery (Montreal).