Yared Nigussu grew up in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He graduated in 2005 from the Addis Ababa University of FIne Arts and Design. He earned a degree in Art and Education, with a major in painting. He was then awarded a scholarship to France where he studied art and French language, and Yared's career was established when he began exhibiting his work in France and Austria.

 

Early in his artistic life, Yared Nigussu was deeply influenced by the life and work of Italian painter, Amedeo Modigliano, who wrote "When I know your soul, I will paint your eyes." Today, almost 100 years after Modigliani's death, Yared garners much of his inspiration from faces. Yared states that, "eyes can hide a lot of stories, and that is an infinite source of inspiration from me."

 

Fusing undisguised brushstrokes with mixed media, rendered in a bright, opulent palette, Yared Nigussu's paintings are provocative and convey a narrative much depeer then the mere appearance of the subject. Paint drippings and densely laden dashes of vicd colour, juxtaposed with constrasting imagery and hues, create a deeply sensorial experience for the viewer. Captivated by the layers in his portraits, one can almost hear the soft breath of the subject.

 

After moving to Canada in 2009, Yared Nigussu was inspired by the energy, light and urban perspective of his new city home of Vancouver. Yared has won Canada's National Art Battle live competition for three years in a row from 2011 to 2014. He is also the recipient of the 2015 Sage Award of Social Acceptance and Great Excellence, and the 2015 Bikila Professional Excellence Award.

Yared Nigussu's work is now displayed and collected internationally. He launched his very own Art Gallery called the ART LAB in 2018, a creative hub to promote Art and Culture in Vancouver.

 

Galleries

Yared Nigussu ART LAB - VANCOUVER, BC

6450 Main Street

Vancouver, BC, V5W 2V4

Telephone: +1 604.442.4732

info@yarednigussu.com

 

STEPHEN LOWE ART GALLERY - CALGARY, AB

#251-255 5 AVE SW

CALGARY, AB,  T2P 3G6

Telephone: +1 403.261.1602

info@stephenlowegallery.com

 

THE AVENUE GALLERY - VICTORIA, BC

2184 Oak Bay Avenue

Victoria, BC, V8R 1G3

Telephone: +1 250.598.2118

info@theavenuegallery.com

 

ART BATTLE CANADA - TORONTO

info@artbattle.com

 

HOTEL MiM ES VIVÉ, IBIZA

 

SoART, AUSTRIA

SoArt, Millstättersee 

 

Exhibitions

2018          

Kurbatoff Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Stephen Lowe Gallery, Calgary, AB, Canada

2017   

Kurbatoff Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Stephen Lowe Gallery, Calgary, AB, Canada

2016        

Kurbatoff Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada

2015

*Couch Gallery, Victoria, BC, Canada

2014                                                                                           

#Hashtag Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada

2013                                                                                               

Kurbatoff Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada

2012                                                                                               

Kurbatoff Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Soart, Millstättersee, Austria

2011                                                                                              

Raw Canvas, Vancouver, BC, Canada

2010                                                                                              

Raw Canvas, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Performance Works, Granville Island, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Hayden Beck Gallery, Whistler, BC, Canada

Lisa Birds' Art Collective, Vienna, Austria   

2009                                                                                               

La Caravelle, Saint-Malo, France

Group show, Saint-Nazaire, France

Casino Barrière, Saint-Malo, France

2008                                                                                               

Forum des Arts, Saint-Malo, France

Salon Remp'Art et Chevalets, Saint-Malo, France


Art Residency

2013: Hotel Es Vive, Ibiza, Spain

2011: Soart, Millstättersee, Austria

2010: Lisabirds Art Collective, Vienna, Austria

2009: Raw Canvas Art+Social, Vancouver, Canada

Collections

SoArt/Soravia Group, Austria

Craig Olejnik Art Collection, Toronto, ON, Canada

Raw Canvas Art+Social, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

Charity work

Burnaby Hospital Foundation

BC Oral Cancer, BC Cancer foundation

Run for Life, Art for Life

Partners for East Africa, Art for Life, Aids Vancouver

Aids Vancouver

CNIS

Fundraising for Haiti Victims