Contemporary Art | Arto Yuzbasiyan

About the Artist

Born in Istanbul, of Armenian descent 1948. Emigrated to Canada in 1973. Arto Yuzbasiyan was born in 1948 in Istanbul and emigrated to Toronto in 1973. He has learned to capture the small communities within the larger cities to remind us about the beauty and universality of the urban experience. Although he has worked in New York, Paris, Montreal and Quebec City, Yuzbasiyan is at his best when rendering the City of Toronto. His paintings are organized around street views; it is the road - its placement and topography - that provides the internal logic of his works. The usual point of view is that of people walking or driving through the city either in a snowstorm, rain or sunny days. Yuzbasiyan’s works depicting the Cabbagetown homes of Toronto and the snowy winter farms from southwestern Ontario have earned him a special place within the contemporary artists of Canada. What makes his work special and meaningful is its focus on the “out of the way”. Quiet downtown corners where life is carried on harmoniously, with little or no effort, have become the focus of his art. The inhabitants go about their business unaware, hurrying home in a winter storm or waiting for one of Yuzbasiyan’s ever-present streetcars to arrive. EMPLOYMENT: Graphic Design: Simons Inc. - department head 1966-73 Design Group: Communikart 1973-84 Professor at Laval University, Communication & Design Program
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