Toller Cranston was widely acclaimed as the most influential figure skater of this century. Born in Hamilton, Ontario on April 20, 1949, his birthday falls between the astrological sign of the sportsmen (Aries) and the artist (Taurus). He was, perhaps as a consequence, something of a modern-day Renaissance man.
Toller began figure skating at the age of seven. As an amateur, and later a professional skater, Toller’s striking and innovative style captured the imagination of skating enthusiasts around the world. Often described as “the skater of the century", Toller’s presence and impact have been compared to that of Nijinsky and Nureyev.
From an early age Toller’s temperament found another expression in painting, shaped by attendance at L'Ecole des Beaux Arts in Montreal from 1965 to 1967. His development as a painter has led to numerous one-man exhibitions in Europe & North America.