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Kennedy Yanko

Missouri, USA, 1988


Kennedy Yanko (American, b. 1988) is a painter-sculptor and installation artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Yanko began studying painting and art history at San Francisco Art Institute. Halfway from obtaining her degree, she moved to New York City. Yanko is the Rubell Museum’s 2021 Artist-in-Residence. Her work is shown regularly at galleries and fairs both domestically and internationally. In 2019, Yanko was 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. Yanko has also exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (Parallels and Peripheries curated by Larry Ossei-Mensah) and at the University of South Florida (Life During WarTime, curated by Christian Viveros-Fauné). Her work is in the JP Morgan Chase Collection, among other important private collections.

Kennedy Yanko Studio, Courtesy of the artist and Vogue Magazine
Profile photo by Dan McMahon. Courtesy Anton Kern Gallery