Morrie was born in Montreal on February 14, 1928, and died in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, on February 4, 2014. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from McGill University (graduating magna cum laude) and a Master’s in Art Education degree from Concordia University. He was a noted artist who taught at Concordia for 20 years, following a successful career in shopping center development with the Ivanhoe Corporation (Steinberg’s) and as a consultant.
Morrie’s paintings are represented in the Musee du Quebec collection, as well as in international collections. He held many solo and group exhibitions in Canada and the United States and received numerous honors and awards for his work, including Gold and Silver medals and the trophy for outstanding work in the field of representation in the Annual Competitions of the Cercle des Artists Peintres et Sculpteurs du Quebec. A retrospective of his art, “A Colourful Life: Paintings by Morrie Rohrlick,” took place at Montreal’s Club Sportif MAA in June 2016.
As a Manhattan Arts reviewer commented, “Morrie Rohrlick takes colored pencil and acrylics on paper and the subjects of still life and deftly transforms them into realistic, magnificent celebrations of colors.” Morrie’s artwork reflects the joy he took in life, his intellectual curiosity, his love of travel, his sense of humor, and his generous spirit.