Kennedy Yanko American, b. 1988

Kennedy Yanko (b. 1988) is a Brooklyn-based artist working primarily with found objects and paint. Her formal gesture towards material is balanced by an intuitive response to the shapes, colors, textures and scale that she's presented with. Yanko’s work deals with the ambiguity within perception and emphasizes the importance of abstraction as a means to developing an intuitive sight akin to critical thinking. 


Since debuting sculptures from her "Elements and Skin" collection as part of a Derrick Adams-curated group show, "Hidden in Plain Sight" (Jenkins Johnson Project Space. Brooklyn, NY. 2017), Yanko has regularly exhibited domestically and internationally. In 2019, Yanko debuted three solo shows--Highly Worked (Denny Dimin Gallery, NY), Hannah (Kavi Gupta, Chicago),and Before Words (UICA, Grand Rapids)--and installed her first public sculpture, 3 WAYS, on the Poydras Corridor in New Orleans in collaboration with The Helis Foundation and the Ogden Museum of Art. In 2019, Yanko was also named Art Forum’s “Critic’s Pick,” received a Colene Brown Art Prize awarded by BRIC Arts Media, and was featured in 100 Sculptors of Tomorrow published by Thames & Hudson. In the last couple of years, Yanko has also exhibited in institutional settings: with the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (Parallels and Peripheries curated by Larry Ossei-Mensah) and with University of South Florida (Life During WarTime, curated by Christian Viveros). Yanko’s 2020 brings an exciting lineup of exhibitions, one of the most anticipated being her solo show, SALIENT QUEENS, opening with VIELMETTER LOS ANGELES in September. Her work belongs to corporate collections including that of JP Morgan Chase and TD Bank, and many private collections, namely: Beth Rudin deWoody, Helyn Goldenberg, David Hoberman.