YOUSSEF RAMI firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.artbyrami.com
Aspects of repetition are present in every crevice, every corner of our peripheral vision. It manifests itself in the constructs of our bodies; blood cells, veins, ligaments - all are based on patterns of their own creation. Historically, geometric patterns were used to visually connect spirituality with science and art.
Using his passion of geometry, Youssef searches for the representation of surface pattern in visual art, a diagram of materialized reality, consciousness, thought, emotion, and energy. Youssef is a mathematician-turned-artist whose work is a unique combination of mathematical design pattern translated into modern, abstract-cubic art. The multi-layered, brilliantly-hued vertical and horizontal lines create a canvas strikingly reminiscent of the architectural lines and shapes inherent in cityscapes and industrial warehouse interiors.
Youssef Rami is a geometric abstraction artist living in Toronto. His work attempts to create a multilayered work in which pattern is the vehicle. Patterns can sometimes contain the slightest “flaw”, an inconsistency, an asymmetry. This is the reflection of a striving for perfection.
Youssef’s background in Mathematics and his love for geometry enables him to bridge geometry into modern contemporary art, taking cubism a step further by creating a 3 dimensional surface pattern. He successfully bridges his passion for geometry into art, giving life to his pure imagination of design pattern, and geometric architecture in both representational and non representational composition.
Youssef’s work is dependent upon the supposition that the historical cultural understanding of geometric design pattern can be extended to our modern urban life with an ability to convey emotional or express feelings and ideas.
Youssef’s work has been presented widely in Canada and the US in galleries, exhibitions and art fairs; it has been internationally recognized by art critics and awards. His work has been reviewed internationally featured in design, and architecture magazines, published in International Contemporary Masters Book.
Selected Juried Exhibitions
2012 Toronto Art Expo
2012 Art Expo, NYC,
2011 Red Dot Miami Art Show
2010 Toronto Art Expo
2019 Toronto Sunny Side Pavilion art show
Selected Group Exhibitions
2011 Galore gallery, Connecticut
2011 The 49th Founders Juried Awards Exhibition, Naples, Art Association
2010 Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Arts.
2010-12 Artslant Showcase Winner
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
Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Arts
Private collection, Toronto, ON
Private collection, New York, NY
AZURE Design & Architecture Magazine, March/April 2011
Patrick Donohue, writer & freelance journalist, Apr 2011-2012, www.dilettantesdiary.com
International Contemporary Masters Book, 2010,
'' Prof. Laurence Bradshaw, Professor of Art at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, U. S. A. 2010
PhD in Math (Hyperbolic Geometry) City University, Graduate Center of New York, 2000
Selected Critical Overview
Youssef Rami’s works should probably be classified as abstracts but, to my eye, there’s a very strong suggestion of industrial cityscape in the arrangement of rectangles, bars and lines” Patrick Donohue, freelance art critic, Apr 2012
“While Youssef Rami’s abstracts aren’t strictly cityscapes, it strikes me that their methodical, grid-like composition is probably inspired by the city” Patrick Donohue, freelance art critic, Apr 2011
“Loved the use of layering between shapes, I like how the depth of the art gives a 3 dimensional feel. Contemporary, very modern with great use of vibrant colors” Gallore Gallery, Curator, Samantha Moore, 2011
"'Youssef Rami of Toronto, Ontario, Canada works in oil with a very organic approach. His spontaneity is refreshing as seen in his horizontal piece “Swirling Spirit” wherein the rhythmic play of light and dark in basically monochrome works well."' Prof. Laurence Bradshaw, Professor of Art at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, U. S. A. 2010
"'YOUSSEF RAMI of Toronto, Ontario, Canada takes abstraction seriously. In his oil painting “Angelic Dreams” he composes light and glow on the left contrasted with the darker on the right side. The vertical movements on both sides harmonize the horizontal piece."'' Prof. Laurence Bradshaw, Professor of Art at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, U. S. A. 2010
"Garden Bliss" surges with an energy far removed from our ordinary association with the serenity of gardens. The values play against the colors in perfect balance and the organization of the contrasts has a rhythmic flow – a vivid directness that belies any accident on the part of the artist and speaks rather of a skillful intention." Infinity Art Gallery's premiere Exhibit 09-ONE. As juror Patric Baylis-Andre states, 2009