Tivadar Bote

Associate Professor, Visual Communications

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ”


Born in Szekszard, Hungary, Tivadar Bote is a professional, practicing illustrator / logo designer and educator living in Calgary. He has created award winning logos and illustrative works for a remarkable list of clients, including Nike, Royal Canadian Mint, Getty Images, Leo Burnett Worldwide and Ogilvy and Mater in New York.

His work is based on a strong European tradition of German and Austrian trademark design, composed of bold geometric forms coupled with a whimsical, playful element underlining his work. This design esthetic is also strongly influenced and adapted from early woodblock printing in Japan, moku hanga which is a technique best known for its use in the ukiyo-e artistic genre.

Tivadar Bote’s Gold and Silver coin design series, “Untamed Canada” a commissioned project for the Royal Canadian Mint in Ottawa was based on this design sensibility.

Aside from his interest in design, Tivadar has also been an abstract painter since his time at the University of Calgary and has had a gallery representative , Herringer Kiss Gallery showcasing his work of large, abstract works on canvas here in Calgary for over 6 years as well as a gallery representative in Edmonton.

Currently, Tivadar has abstract paintings represented by the architectural firm Robert Pashuk Architecture Inc., in Calgary as well as actively seeking representation with a high profile gallery, Kalman Maklary Fine Arts in Budapest, Hungary.


Bachelor of Design (BDes) Visual Communications Design Major, Alberta College of Art + Design, Calgary, Alberta.

Diploma in Visual Communications (Distinction), Alberta College of Art + Design, Calgary, Alberta.

Bachelor of Education (BEd Art Major), University of Calgary, Alberta.

Selected Professional Activity

Lest we Forget: Canadian Designers On War, Edmonton, Alberta, 2006.

Hope and Fear Design Show, Calgary Municipal Building, Calgary, Alberta, 1991.

Calgary Photography, Floating Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba 1984.         

Images at the Centre Eye Photographic Gallery, Calgary, Alberta, 1984.

Robert Pashuk Architecture Inc. Painting Show / Calgary, Alberta, 2015; 14,13,08.

Close Quarters, Herringer Kiss Gallery, Painting Exhibition, Calgary, Alberta, 2006.

Faculty Show, (Painting) Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Alberta College of Art + Design, Calgary, Alberta, 2002; 01,00.

Resting Place, Marion Nicoll Gallery, Painting Exhibition, Alberta College of Art + Design, Calgary, Alberta, 1990. 

Selected Publications

Extensive list of published client work for Canadian and American publications:

SilverTip Resorts, Canmore, Alberta, Canada.

Torys LLP, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Getty Images, Seattle, Washington, USA.

Astralwerks Records, New York, NY, USA.

Timberland Footwear, Stratham, New Hampshire, USA.

Nike, Bethlehem, PA, USA.

The Globe and Mail, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Ogilvy and Mather, New York, NY, USA.

Leo Burnett Worldwide, New York, NY, USA.

Selected Awards

Henry Clinton Scholarship Alberta College of Art and Design 1990

Visual Arts Study Grant, Alberta Culture and Multiculturalism ACAD 1990

Steve Vadnai Memorial Endowment Fund  Alberta College of Art and Design 1991

CAPIC National Awards Show, Illustration Catagory Toronto  1993

Cover Design Merit Award / American Express Publishing Magazine/Black Ink Mag 2007

GRAPHIS Logo Design Book 6 / Published Icons New York 2004
Gold Medals (2) - Silver Medal (1) - Merit Award (1)                    

GRAPHIS Logo Design Book 8 / Published Icons New York 2012
Gold Medal / Cannondale Logo

GRAPHIS Poster Annual Book 2017 / Published Icons New York 2017
Gold Medal / Night Owls
GRAPHIS Logo /Letterhead Book 9 2017 / Published Icons New York 2017
Silver Medal / Cool Cat Logo
GRAPHIS Design Annual 2019 / Published Icons New York 2019
Silver Medal / Cool Cat Logo
GRAPHIS Poster Annual 2019 / Poster Design New York 2019
Honorable Mention / Year of the Rooster Grad Poster
GRAPHIS Poster Annual 2020 / Poster Design New York 2020
Silver Medal  / Year of the Dog Grad Poster