City University of New York Graduate Center (CUNY)
Youssef Rami is a Moroccan 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, Las Vegas and Connecticut.
His work has received recognition from Toronto art critic Patrick Donahue and internationally from 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 monochromics. 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 Paris, MECENAVIE/SALLE ROSSINI-DROUOT (Forthcoming)
2014 Toronto Art Expo (Forthcoming)
2010-2013 Toronto Art Expo
2011 Red Dot Miami Art Show
2009-2010 Toronto Sunny Side Pavilion art show
Selected Group Exhibitions
2013 25CPW Gallery, New York
2013 Richeson School of Art & Gallery, Kimberly, WI
2011 Galore gallery, Connecticut
2011 The 49th Founders Juried Awards Exhibition, Naples, Art Association
2010 Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Arts.
2013 American Art Awards galleries winner- 2sd PLACE in CUBISM
2010-13 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 of Toronto, Ontario, Canada creates an interesting spatial arrangement entitled "Sacred Silence". The muted monochrome provides a tonality in which the staged structure with overlapping columns show a nice depth."' Prof. Laurence Bradshaw, Professor of Art at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, U. S. A. 2013
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
“Youssef Rami, who received a Ph.D from CUNY, uses liquidtex and acrylic paint, layering an ember-like surfaces onto his canvas, creating physical depth in his abstracted paintings, reminiscent of the "Moog" series from graphic designer Burton Kramer. Rami's mathematical roots are present in his treatment of his art.”Q Chen, S² | Silent Scribbles ,Writing about art, Japan, and life in general, 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