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Liat Yossifor Studio, 2018, Los Angeles, CA

LIAT YOSSIFOR creates monochromatic paintings that are equally pictorial and physical. Using an alla prima technique, Yossifor works within the durational limitations of the liveliness of the oil medium, as well as a set of self-imposed restrictions that relate to the action of painting and her sense of the works as performative gestures, indexed to the artist’s presence.

Her paintings reference an embodied self, reflected in the thickly textured, punctuated surfaces. In seeking to reinvigorate and advance the language of action painting, Yossifor concentrates the “action” near the center of each work while allowing it to become more diffuse around the edges, establishing a figure-ground relationship. A delicate balance between cognition and action—in which the resolution of pictorial space coexists in tension with the painting as a record of an event—the works are grounded in the artist’s movement and are generated by utilizing a process that resembles automatic drawing. Yossifor attacks, scores, and interacts with the paint to create textural lines and structures that echo drawings; these drawing features are subsequently buried in the ensuing layers of paint.

Liat Yossifor received her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1996, and her Master of Fine Arts from the University of California, Irvine in 2002.

She was an artist-in-residence at the Rauschenberg residency in Florida, 2020; and a guest of the Deutsche Börse Residency Program at the Frankfurter Kunstverein in Germany, 2010. 

Select solo exhibitions include: Pre-Verbal Painting, The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, MO; Expanding on an expansive subject, The Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA; Time Turning Paint, Nichols Gallery, Broad Center, Pitzer College, Claremont, CA; The Tender Among Us, The Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, CA; Double Life, Galerie Anita Beckers, Frankfurt, Germany; Movements, Ameringer McEnery Yohe, New York, NY; A Body of Water, Patron Gallery, Chicago, IL; and The Stand, Paramo Gallery, Guadalajara, Mexico. 

Group exhibitions include: Modulaciones, Museo de Arte de Sinaloa, Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico and at the Museo de Arte de Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; B.A.T. State III: Women Artists in Conversation with El Nopal Press, Carolyn Campagna Contemporary Art Museum, Long Beach, CA; 100 Years and Counting, Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul, MN; Grafforists, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA; Stolen Gestures, Kunsthaus Nurnberg, Germany; Subject, Lyman Allyn Museum, New London, CT; New Works, The Margulies Collection, Miami, FL; From America, Museum of Modern Fine Arts, Minsk, Belarus; The Third Wight Biennial, New Wight Gallery, UCLA, CA; To Here Knows When, University of La Verne, CA; The Real Me, Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA. 

Select public collections include: Creative Artist Agency (CAA), Los Angeles, CA; Isabel and Agustin Coppel Collection (CIAC), Mexico City, Mexico; The Margulies Collection, Miami, FL; Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul, MN; Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA); and The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA.

Yossifor lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

www.liatyossifor.com