Yared Nigussu Aka Yared N. grew up in Addis Ababa Ethiopia, and 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. Awarded a scholarship to France where he studied art and studied French, Yared’s career was established when he began exhibiting his work in France and Austria. 

 

Early in his artistic life, Yared N. was deeply influenced by the life and works of Italian painter, Amedeo Modigliani, who wrote, “when I know your

soul, I will paint your eyes.” Today, almost 100 years after Modigliani’s death, the young, 34-year-old 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 for me.”

Inspired by the beauty of human shapes and colours and focused on the human gaze, Yared is a keen observer and fascinated by the stories behind the faces. His most symbolic portrait is that of an old friend, a former child soldier that Yared N. created an homage after the friend’s tearful confession. The painting depicts the deep sadness and desperate look of a child whose childhood had been stolen. Painting is Yared’s natural language. Intuitive and powerful, his brush strokes communicate a symbolic vocabulary that visually translates a depth of emotion. Known for his painterly large-scale portraits and urban landscapes, Yared’s work has a palpable energy that is optimistic and thoughtful, much like Yared himself.

 

Fusing undisguised brushstrokes with mixed media, rendered in a bright, opulent palette, Yared N's paintings are provocative and convey a narrative much deeper than the mere appearance of the subject. Paint drippings and densely laden dashes of vivid colour, juxtaposed with contrasting 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 was inspired by the energy, light and

urban perspective in his new home of Vancouver. He has won Canada’s National

Art Battle live competition for three years in a row in Toronto and Vancouver in

2012, 2013 and 2014. He is also the recipient of the 2015 Sage Award of Social

Acceptance and Great Excellence and the 2015 Bikila Professional Excellence

Award.

 

 

Galleries

STUDIO 23 - VANCOUVER 

Unit #23, 2414 Main St,

Vancouver, BC

Telephone: 604.442.4732

-Managed by Yared N.

info@yarednigussu.com

 

STEPHANE lOWE ART GALLERY 

255 5 AVE SW #251

CALGARY, AB  T2P 3G6

 

KURBATOFF GALLERY 

2435 GRANVILLE STREET

VANCOUVER B.C. V6H 3G5

CANADA

604.736. 5444

Manged by Kurbatoff Gallery Team

art@kurbatoffgallery.com

 

VICTORIA - THE AVENUE GALLERY

2184 Oak Bay Avenue

Victoria, B.C.

Canada V8R 1G3

Manged by The Avenue Gallery Team

 info@theavenuegallery.com

Telephone:+1.250.598.2118 

 

ART BATTLE CANADA

TORONTO

info@artbattle.com

 

HOTEL ES VIVE, IBIZA

 

AUSTRIA

On displaySoArt, Millstättersee 

On display

Exhibitions

2016           

May           Kurbatoff Gallery                           Vancouver, BC Canada

2015

May                     *Couch Gallery                                                            Victoria, BC

2014                                                                                           

Nov                         #Hashtag Gallery                                                     Toronto, ON, Canada

2013                                                                                               

May                         Kurbatoff Gallery                                                        Vancouver, BC, Canada

2012                                                                                               

February                 Kurbatoff Gallery                                                          Vancouver, BC, Canada

July-August              Soart                                                                        Millstättersee, Austria

2011                                                                                              

May                         Raw Canavs                                                             Vancouver BC, Canada

2010                                                                                              

May                        Raw Canvas                                                             Vancouver, BC, Canada
June                        Performance Works, Granville Island                            Vancouver, BC, Canada

September              Hayden Beck Gallery                                                   Whistler, BC, Canada

September              Raw Canvas                                                                Vancouver, BC, Canada

November               Lisa Birds' Art Collective                                               Vienna, Austria   

2009                                                                                               

Jan-Feb                   La Caravelle                                                                Saint-Malo, France

April                       Group show                                                                Saint-Nazaire,France

May-June                Casino Barrière                                                           Saint-Malo, France

2008                                                                                               

September             Forum des art                                                          Saint-Malo, France

May                       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

2015: Burnaby Hospital Foundation

2014: Burnaby Hospital Foundation

2013 :BC Oral Cancer, BC Cancer foundation

2012: Run for Life, Art for Life

2011: Partners for East Africa, Art for Life, Aids Vancouver

2010: Aids Vancouver

2010: CNIS

2009: Fundraising for Haiti Victims