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Born in 1995 in Moscow, Russia, Josh Tiessen is an international award-winning artist based near Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He was listed as one of the world's top ten prodigy artists (Huffington Post) and recognized as the only known male art prodigy in North America (Dr. J. Ruthsatz). His hyperreal shaped oil paintings, which take up to 1700 hours to complete, reflect the interaction between the natural world and human-made structures.
As a teenager Tiessen was juried in as the youngest member of International Guild of Realism, Artists for Conservation and Society of Animal Artists. As a young adult, Art Renewal Center designated him "Associate Living Master," and New York based gallery Jonathan LeVine Projects awarded him First Place from 2000 artists in their international competition Search for the Next Great Artist. LeVine presented the emerging artist's debut international solo exhibition in May of 2019.
"Josh Tiessen is one of the finest painters we have had the pleasure of working with at Rehs Contemporary. His imaginative subject matter, along with use of color and contrast, create an absolute feast for the eyes. Further, his meticulous attention to detail, coupled with complex and distinctive compositions, make his paintings some of the most intriguing works we have presented at the gallery."
–LANCE REHS, Director of Rehs Contemporary gallery, New York City, NY