Yossifor was trained at UC Irvine, California, at the height of the cultural war debates. Her work then was a series of sociopolitical portraits that were etched in great detail onto monochromatic fields. These portraits were buried in single color fields, in shades of red, white, and black. They only came to life with a certain direction of light and the position of the viewer in front of them. They were a kind of a “Dawning of an aspect,” to borrow from Wittgenstein. This work over time evolved into abstractions that are portraits of events instead of portraits of people. The new abstractions are time-restricted, repeated, and body-aware; they speak to a cycle of trauma and belatedness. Their subject is entirely a state of mind, and is formed over time by thinking of these works in groupings of paintings and memories. In these abstractions, a delicate balance between cognition and action forms a pictorial space which coexists in tension with the painting as a record of an event. The abstractions 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. The work is also done entirely in paint, but describes different material states, from stone relief and ceramics to body prints. 

Liat Yossifor received her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1996, and her MFA from the University of California, Irvine, in 2002. She was a resident at the Frankfurter Kunstverein, Germany, as a guest of the Deutsche Börse Residency Program in 2010. Yossifor is named Artist in residence at the Rauschenberg residency, Capitva Island, Florida, in 2020. Select solo exhibitions include Pre-Verbal Painting, The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis; Expanding on an expansive subject, The Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena; Time Turning Paint, Pitzer College Art Galleries, Broad Center, Claremont; The Tender Among Us at the Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont; Double Life, Galerie Anita Beckers, Frankfurt; Movements, Ameringer McEnery Yohe, New York, NY; A Body of Water, Patron Gallery, Chicago; The Stand, Paramo Gallery, Guadalajara, Mexico. Forthcoming solo exhibitions in 2020 are at Fox Jensen Gallery, Sydney, Australia, and at PATRON Gallery, Chicago, Illinois. 

Group exhibitions include Modulaciones, Museo de Arte de Sinaloa in Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico, and Museo de Arte de Zapopan, Jal., 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, Saint Paul, MN; Grafforists, Torrance Art Museum, 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; Art Watch, Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art Santa Barbara, CA; To Here Knows When, University of La Verne, CA; The Real Me, Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA; and The End, Deep River, LA, CA. 

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

Yossifor is represented by Miles McEnery Gallery, New York, NY; Galerie Anita Beckers, Frankfurt, Germany; PATRON Gallery, Chicago, Illinois; Paramo Gallery, Guadalajara, Mexico; and Fox Jensen, Sydney and Fox Jensen McCrory, Auckland.


Selected catalogs/books:


Liat Yossifor – Embodiment and Abstraction
Published in English
36 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0999487143
Published by Miles McEnery Gallery


Liat Yossifor – Movements
Published in English
88 pages
Published by DoppelHouse Press

Liat Yossifor – Time Turning Paint
Published in English
56 pages
ISBN: 978-0-9966445-1-8
Published by Pitzer College Art Galleries

Liat Yossifor – the tender among us
Published in English
24 pages
Published by Pomona College Museum of Art