Nicholas Yust is a Cincinnati Ohio native, born in 1978. He first explored his passion for art after completing high school, enrolling in fine art and art history at the University of Cincinnati School of Design Art Architecture and Planning. For two years, he focused on abstract oil pastels and interior architecture, after which he transferred to Wright State University to study engineering and pursue his technical interests. During his time there, he interned and worked for the United States Air Force at Wright Patterson AFB, researching superconductivity and thin film coated conductors, and graduated with a B.S. in materials engineering and an M.S. in metallurgical engineering.
After developing his first few wall sculptures from aluminum panels, he began to design free standing sculptures and developed over a dozen unique grind patterns which have become signature characteristics of his work. To add color to his pieces, he experimented with transparent coating to allow his unique grind patterns to be seen through a spectrum of colors. This evolved into the invention of an atomized acrylic painting process for metal, and he remains the only metal artist in the industry with this capability.
With all of the fine detail, creative structure, precise symmetry, and contemporary appeal that has become synonymous with Yust's work, the most impressive, defining element is the more than 50 unique, signature grind patterns that really give his art the "Wow" factor. In addition, he has perfected a wide range of transparent coatings to allow the patterns to be seen through a spectrum of colors, creating an indescribable holographic effect.
Yust is currently living in Cincinnati and working full time out of his metal studio. In addition to exhibiting his works in galleries and craft shows, Yust has collectors of his pieces throughout the world. He has been commissioned to create monumental designs for major corporations such as NBC, Starbucks, P&G, CrossFit, Siemens, RE/MAX, Ford, 76ers, et al; and government agencies such as, the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy and NASA. Yust currently donates approximately 20 pieces of original artwork and a portion of his revenue to organizations including St. Judes, SPCA, The Junior Arthritis Foundation, Juvenile Diabetes Research, Hospice, and many more.