Suman Vaze
Mathematical Artwork


A Bouquet for Gauss

 Acrylic on canvas, 2013

36" x 20"

I wanted to paint an homage to Carl Friedrich Gauss which captured an element of his extensive work in Mathematics.  The four complex solutions to the equation,   the fourth power of x is negative one,  which was part of Gauss’ doctoral thesis, form the blossoms in the Bouquet. The largest blossom incorporates all four solutions.

Galileo's Gem
Acrylic on canvas, 2011
24" x 24"

This work is dedicated to Galileo Galilei physicist, mathematician, astronomer, philosopher and general polymath.  One of the many gems he noticed is that




Fibonacci Numbers

 Acrylic on canvas, 2011

 26" x 18"

The Fibonacci Numbers are 0, 1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,34,55,89,.....

Omitting the zeroth term, the digital sums form a 24 term repeating sequence:  1,1,2,3,5,8,4,3,7,1,8,9,8,8,7,6,4,1,5,6,2,8,1,9.


 Acrylic on canvas, 2011

32"x20" 32"x 32"

Klein Madonna
Acrylic on Canvas,  2011.
30" x 20"
The Klein bottle is one-sided, no-edged, with an outside but no inside.  In theory this transformation is possible but no such physical bottle has been made without self-intersection. It seems a fair reflection of my emotional state at the moment.

Acrylic on canvas, 2009
30" x 20"

 If two triangles (in red) are in perspective, then pairs of corresponding sides meet at three points which are collinear.  Two triangels are said to be in perspective if lines joining corresponding vertices meet at a point.



Abu Wafa Buzjani

(Ice-cream on the Beach)

 Acrylic on canvas 2011.

24" x 20" 

Abul Wafa lived in Buzjan, modern day Iran between 900 and 998. He wrote several treatises on Euclid, Diophantos and Al-Khwarizmi.  He is best remembered for the puzzles he created on dissection with the use of only a straight edge and a pair of rusty (fixed opening) compasses. In this puzzle, you have to construct the largest possible equilateral triangle in a given square.