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Born in Israel,Yosi Messiah migrated to Australia in 1987. After Owning a successful jewellery business Messiah's creative curiosity led him to study painting at Charlie Shed's School, and life drawing at Julian Ashton's.

Since 2003 Messiah has been building a successful reputation with his abstract grid work. Messiah's figurative work is his most recent recent creative direction, and has been inspired by pop culture and play station imagery. His work is characterized by his love of intricate line detail and a bold and exuberant colour palette taken from his experience as an abstract painter.

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Education

Yosi Messiah’s career as an artist spans over 17 years. His successful career as a jewellery designer led him to expand on his creative profession and drew him closer to explore the art of painting. Yosi studied painting at Charlie Sheard’s School and did life drawing at Julian Ashton. Yosi built a successful reputation as an abstract painter but in 2010 he decided it’s time to move on and explore another style of painting. This new body of work is a departure from his abstract style but as Yosi says, “you never know, I may go back to abstract one day”. For now Yosi is very motivated to work loosely to bring his figurative work to life with his strong imagery, colours and themes.

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

2012 "Colour Spill", Richard Martin Art, Sydney
2012 "New work", Gallery One, Gold Coast, Qld
2011 "Evok", Richard Martin Art, Sydney
2007 "Harmony of Cultures", Thierry B Gallery, Melbourne
2006 "Natural Flow", Us2 Gallery, Bondi
2004 "Crossing with Landscape", Graphis Gallery, Sydney

Collective Exhibitions

2012 Richard Martin Art - Summertide Group Show
2012 Semi Finalist Doug Moran Portrait Art Prize
2012 Finalist Mosman Art Prize
2012 Richard Martin Art - Summer, Sydney
2011 Richard Martin Art - Winter, Sydney
2011 Swift mansion, Sydney
2010 Gallery One, Gold Coast, Qld
2009 Art Sydney
2008 Brisbane Art Fair
2008 Art Singapore
2008 Galleries Direct, Sydney
2007 Reuters Charity Auction
2007 Thierry B Gallery
2007 Art Sydney
2007 Richard Martin Art, Sydney
2007 Art Melbourne
2006 Bricklane Gallery, Bondi
2006 Art Sydney
2006 Global Gallery
2005 Art Sydney
2005 Global Gallery

Press

Awards

2012 Mosman Art Prize (Finalist)
2012 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize (Semi-Finalist)
2010 Director's Cut Blake Art Prize (Finalist)
2010 Mosman Art Prize (Finalist)
2009 Director's Cut Blake Art Prize (Finalist)
2009 Waverley Art Prize (Finalist)
2008 Paddington Art Prize (Finalist)
2006 Signature of Sydney (Semi-Finalist)

Influences

As a young boy in Ramle, Messiah dreamt of becoming an animator. He spent his time drawing Mickey mouse and other cartoon characters. His work is a a clash of quirky pop culture creatures. Robots, and super hero's leap and intermingle with the hero's and heroine's of the 21st century. Layers of warm desert colours, mix with cool ocean blues, and a graphic drawing style have created "societies maze" it's Messiah's way of building the layers of society "The cocktail that we are living in".

100cm (W) x 100cm (H)
Mixed Media
$2,500
122cm (W) x 152cm (H)
Mixed Media
$4,400
213cm (W) x 183cm (H)
Mixed Media
$7,000
61cm (W) x 75cm (H)
Mixed Media
$1,700
213cm (W) x 122cm (H)
Mixed Media
$5,800