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 also 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.

Erik is optimistic in outlook and his artworks generally use colours and images that portray the world in this way. His interests in life and art are diverse, and this is reflected in his palette, technique, style and subject matter. Inspiration comes from life on the west coast and interests in and concerns about people and the human condition on our planet. The works are visually appealing but are layered and can be thought provoking.


CityScape Community ArtSpace – Nov-Dec 2019

Harmony Arts Festival – Aug 2019

Silk Purse Art Centre – Feb-Mar 2019

CityScape Community ArtSpace – Nov-Dec 2018