Selected Works

San Francisco based artist Yossi Ben Abu’s background in architecture and design are immediately evident in his innovative and poetic work. His work is both abstract and precise at the same time. He explores new techniques and a new vision for art. By using everyday materials and elevating them, his geometrical elements: squares, pyramids and boxes become somewhat hypnotic and yet strangely organic.

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When describing his process, Ben Abu says, “In recent years I have…worked primarily with paper- a simple, clean, everyday material. I transform the medium into patterns that can be simultaneously precise and abstract. By forcing motion in collections of paper bodies, I am able to express different feelings visually.”

As an artist, his study of pattern, shape, placement, and form, through his use of precision-cut geometrical shapes explores nonverbal ways to express feelings, emotions, and desires. The result is pieces that seem like unmediated ways we now experience the world around us. Yossi’s work is exceptionally emotional evocative and yet gentle and lyrical. ​Yossi’s works explore the use of monochromatic combinations and the effect of light, time of day and shadows on the way it perceived by the viewer.

About the art itself, Ben Abu states “My art breaks the mathematical beauty that exists in perfectly balanced geometrical shapes in order to illustrate feelings I cannot otherwise express. Many of my works explore the use of monochromatic combinations and the effects of light, time of day and shadows on the way it is perceived by the viewer.”

Although he admits, math was never his strong suit in school, his fascination with shapes, patterns, geometry, and structure found an outlet in his perfect geometrical figures. His geometric, clean wall sculptures have captured the imagination of many. By striving for precision and balance, his works express a mathematical beauty of art not often seen in creative spheres.