Youssef Rami is a Moroccan Canadian geometric abstractionist painter currently residing in Mississauga, Canada; along with his wife and daughter. 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.
Currently I am focused on optical art, “Illusion versus reality, a paradigm of the mind or a distortion of the truth”. Using minimalism and my mathematical background, I intent to further explore answers to this debate.