Peter Shostak was born in 1943 and raised on a farm north of Bonnyville, Alberta. His early interest in art inspired him to major in art in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta. He began a teaching career as a junior and senior high school teacher in 1965 and taught in Grand Centre and Edson, Alberta before continuing with his post-graduate work at the University of Alberta. In 1969, he obtained a graduate degree in Art Education and then took a teaching position at the University of Victoria. He remained there as Associate Professor of Art Education until 1979, when he decided to leave teaching and pursue a career as a full-time artist.
Much of Shostak’s art reflects his memories of growing up on the prairies during the late forties and fifties. Two best-selling publications When Nights Were Long and Saturday Came But Once a Week reveal some of his personal history.