Yuskavage, Lisa



–artist Lisa Yuskavage via Facebook

Currently living and working in New York City, Lisa Yuskavage hails from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and was born in 1962. She received an MFA from Yale University in 1986 after graduation with a BFA in Fine Art from Temple University.  During her time at Temple, she lived abroad in Rome. Her work has been shown at many galleries, institutions, and museums worldwide.

A current article on Yuskavage, where she previews her paintings in her current exhibition, by Paul Laster for Time Out New York, can be found HERE.

From reading about Yuskavage, I found it interesting that she started out painting classic nudes of women with their backs turned à la the art of Renoir and others, but was not as fulfilled by those works as she became once she actually turned the nudes around and painted them from the front perspective. She now paints both men and women from the front perspective.

A more detailed biography and painting philosophy can be found at the David Zwirner website who represents Yuskavage.

An interview of Yuskavage by poet, translator, and scholar Mónica de la Torre of Bomb literary magazine can be found HERE.

Some examples of Yuskavage’s work found on her website:

y 3 heads Y dude of sorrows y god of hippies y mixed media

Links for Lisa Yuskavage:


Wikipedia entry

More on Yuskavage via Huffington Post

  4 comments for “Yuskavage, Lisa

  1. April 29, 2015 at 12:09 PM

    Unique looking work, and interesting. I think painting them from the back suggested a certain censorship — as if bits were left unsaid. If an artist is to present the human body, best to be open — body is art after all. Great presentation, Denise.

  2. April 29, 2015 at 12:36 PM

    She’s another artist I had never heard of before now, Silvia. Very interesting. She had to follow her own path in what made her happier as an artist is what I derived from learning about her and her work! Thank you, S!!

  3. April 30, 2015 at 10:58 AM

    Congratulations on completing the A to Z blogging challenge! Just one more to go!
    Don’t forget about the A to Z Reflections post coming up in May.

    Tim Brannan, The Other Side Blog
    2015 A to Z of Vampires

    • April 30, 2015 at 11:05 AM

      Thank you, Tim. Will be reflecting in May!

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