Erik Vaartnou studied at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, earning a Fine Arts Certificate. He also has Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Arts (Economics) Degrees from the University of Alberta in Edmonton and studied at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Prior to working as an artist he had a successful career in the telecommunications industry, focussing on customer and market analytics. Born in Vancouver, he now resides nearby in West Vancouver.

He is optimistic in outlook and his artworks generally use colours and images that portray the world in this way. Erik’s interests in life and art are diverse, and this is reflected in his palette, technique, style and subject matter. Inspiration comes from issues affecting people and the human condition on our planet, but the paintings reflect an ultimately positive point of view. The works are visually appealing but are layered and can be thought provoking.

Erik is an Active Member of the Federation of Canadian Artists


  • Silk Purse Art Centre – Feb-Apr 2020
  • CityScape Community ArtSpace – Nov-Dec 2019
  • Harmony Arts Festival – Aug 2019
  • Silk Purse Art Centre – Feb-Mar 2019
  • CityScape Community ArtSpace – Nov-Dec 2018

Instagram: @erikvaartnou