Youssef Rami is a Canadian geometric abstractionist painter currently residing in Toronto Canada. His teen years were dedicated to painting, while showing a strong interest in science, philosophy and mathematics. He moved to New York City at the age of 20, where he pursued his academic studies in mathematics eventually earning a doctorate degree from the University of New York.
It was his exposure to fractal theory that fascinated him and inspired him to gradually develop his own style of geometric abstractionism, without imitating the self-similar displayed patterns in Fractals.
He has participated in gallery and group shows in Paris, Florida, Toronto, New York, Miami, Wisconsin and Connecticut.
Youssef’s work has been reviewed and critiqued by Toronto art critic Patrick Donahue, Prof. Laurence Bradshaw, Professor of Art at the University of Nebraska,, Q Chen, a writer from S² | Silent Scribbles , and Curator, Samantha Moore from Gallore gallery
In addition to my passion for geometry and architecture, I came under the influence of the Dutch painter Piet Mondrian. I began a search for philosophical meaning through visual expression embracing cubism and geometric abstraction. In my early years, the geometric abstraction work I adopted made use of horizontal and vertical geometric patterns restricted to straight lines, squares and rectangles. I used a palette restricted to primary colours, neutrals and monochromic. Some depicted an objective setting while others explored the complexity and interaction of basic geometric shapes with a rhythmic and geometric precision.
In my more recent work, I have investigated the relationship of color effects and structured squares, either nested or scattered, floating in real depth created by heavy layering of transparent gesso. Currently, I am exploring the irregular geometric shapes depicting an eccentric and futuristic style using extremely exotic shapes. When mixed together, the view that emerges resembles an iceberg or a set of sculptures in the arctic with a beautiful and calm reflection in frigid waters.
Selected Juried Exhibitions
2014 Toronto Art Expo
2013 Toronto Art Expo
2012 Toronto Art Expo
2011 Red Dot Miami Art Show
2010 Toronto Art Expo
Selected Group Exhibitions
2013 25CPW Gallery, New York
2013 Richeson School of Art & Gallery, Kimberly, WI
2011 Gallore gallery, Connecticut
2011 The 49th Founders Juried Awards Exhibition, Naples, Art Association
2013 American Art Awards galleries winner- 3sd PLACE in CUBISM
2011 American Art Awards galleries winner- 2sd PLACE in CUBISM
2011 International Essie Awards finalists, Gallore Gallery
2010 PeopleUpstreamGallery special recognition award
2009 InfinityArtGallery SECOND PLACE, oil abstraction
Private collection, Toronto, ON
Private collection, New York, NY
International Contemporary Artists Book, NY, 2013
AZURE Design & Architecture Magazine, March/April 2011
Patrick Donohue, writer & freelance journalist, Apr 2011-2013, www.dilettantesdiary.com
Prof. Laurence Bradshaw, Professor of Art at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, U. S. A. 2010
PhD in Math City University, Graduate Center of New York, 2000