Hornyansky was born in Budapest, Hungry and studied portrait painting at the Budapest Academy of Fine Art under Ballo; etching in Antwerp, Belgium (1919-1928); under Jean Porcaboeuf and Sagnelonge in Paris; and in Vienna and Munich. He came to Toronto in 1929 where he remained active until his death in 1965. His oil portraits and landscapes pre-date his time in Canada though he is best known for his coloured etchings and aquatints of Ontario, Quebec, and Maritime landscapes and streetscapse. Hornyansky travelled west to Manitoba and British Columbia. He developed the unique ‘single-pull positive-approach’ aquatint process but he also worked in watercolour, gouache and in ink. He taught printmaking at the OCA from 1945- 1965 and was President of the CPE from 1944-1947. Hornyansky exhibited with the RCA between 1932-1961 and the AAM/MMFA between 1931-1960. A retrospective of his work was held at the TTAG in 1978 and his work is represented in the collections of the LC, NGC, ROM, and Museum of Fine Art in Antwerp.