Dmytro was born November 5th, 1899, in Lanivtski, county of Borschiv, Western
Ukraine. He served in the Ukrainian Army and was trained in intelligence techniques,
which included techniques for memorizing faces and producing identification sketches.
After immigrating to Canada in 1923, he worked for the Canadian National Railways
near Hafford until his retirement in 1965. Although he had begun to make wallet-sized
portraits with pen, pencil, and crayon in the mid-1950s, Stryjek only started painting
larger works after his retirement. His work has been shown and collected throughout