Bio

Liat Yossifor’s monochromatic paintings are equally pictorial and physical. Using an alla prima technique, Yossifor works within the durational limitations of the liveliness of oil medium and a set of self-imposed restrictions related 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, constituting 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 generated 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 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. 

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; 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; and The Tender Among Us at the Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont. Group exhibitions include Modulacions, Museo de Arte de Sinaloa in Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico; 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; 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; The Marguilles Collection, Miami, FL; and Minnesota Museum of American Art, Saint Paul, MN; Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), CA.

Yossifor is represented by Miles McEnery Gallery, New York, NY; Galerie Anita Beckers, Frankfurt, Germany; Patron Gallery, Chicago, Illinois; and Paramo Gallery, Guadalajara, Mexico.