Kennedy Yanko USA, b. 1988


Kennedy Yanko (b. 1988, St. Louis, MO) is a sculptor and installation artist working in found metal and paint skin. Yanko deploys her materials in ways that explore the limitations of optic vision, underlining the opportunities we miss when looking with eyes alone. Her methods reflect a dual abstractexpressionist-surrealist approach that centers the seen and unseen factors that affect,contribute to, andmoderate human experience. 


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, 2017, Yanko has exhibited domestically and internationally. In 2019, Yanko debuted three solo shows: Highly Worked, Denny Dimin Gallery, New York; Hannah, Kavi Gupta, Chicago, and Before Words, UICA, GrandRapids, 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 2020, Yanko debuted two solo shows, Because it’s in my blood, Galleria Poggiali, Milan, and Salient Queens, Vielmetter Gallery, LosAngeles. 


She was also named ArtForum’s “Critic’s Pick” in 2019, received a Colene Brown Art Prize awarded by BRIC Arts Media, and wasfeatured in 100 Sculptors of Tomorrow published by Thames &Hudson. 


Her institutional exhibitions include the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Parallels and Peripheries, curated by Larry Ossei-Mensah; University of South Florida, Life During War Timecurated by Christian Viveros-Faune. 


Her work is included in notable private museums, namely: The Bunker Art space, West Palm Beach (Beth Rudin DeWoody), Espacio Tacuari, Buenos Aires (Juan Vergez and Patricia Pearson), and the Rubell Museum, Miami (Don and Mera Rubell).