Biography: Brian Atyeo began working as a freelance artist while he was in high school. Born in Toronto, he moved to Alberta in the 1970s after spending a year studying architectural design at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute. In Calgary, he worked as an illustrator and an architectural renderer and soon opened his own business, B.A. Architectural Rendering Services. Since 1980, Atyeo has focused on painting full-time, as he creates his own work and also teaches painting workshops across the country, including at the River Rock Studio in Cochrane, Alberta. He describes himself as a self-taught artist having learned his technique through creative painting, through his background in illustration and design, and from having watched other artists work.
Brian Atyeo often paints jazz, figures and landscapes, and his work is known for its vibrant exploration of colour and the spirit and energy that it conveys. In 2011, Atyeo completed a twenty-year project to paint Canada’s landscapes from coast-to-coast-to-coast. His work shows regularly in Edmonton, Calgary and various cities in Ontario, and is represented in many public and corporate collections. Atyeo is a member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour and of the Ontario Society of Artists.