Lisa Yuskavage


Widely associated with a re-emergence of the figurative in contemporary painting, Lisa Yuskavage has developed her own genre of portraiture in which lavish, erotic, vulgar, angelic women (and more recently men) are cast within fantastical landscapes or dramatically lit interiors. 

Born in 1962 in Philadelphia, Lisa Yuskavage received her B.F.A. from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University in 1984 and her M.F.A. from the Yale University School of Art in 1986. 

Lisa Yuskavage: The Brood, a major solo exhibition spanning twenty-five years of the artist’s work, was on view at The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (January 15 to April 3, 2016). The exhibition is accompanied by a large-scale, comprehensive publication by Skira Rizzoli, created in close collaboration with the artist.  The show traveled from The Rose Art Museum where it was organized by Christopher Bedford.

Yuskavage’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at institutions worldwide, most recently at David Zwirner in New York (2015, and also 2011, 2009, and 2006); greengrassi in London (2013, 2010, 2007, 2004, 2002, and 1999); The Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin (organized as part of the Dublin Contemporary 2011); Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City (2006); Royal Academy of Arts, London (2002); Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva (2001); and the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (2000).

Yuskavage has been the recipient of notable awards and honors, including the Temple University Gallery of Success Award (2005); Founder’s Day Certificate of Honor, Tyler School of Art, Temple University (2000); The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant (1995); McDowell Colony Fellowship (1994); and the Zimtbaum Foundation Fellowship, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, Massachusetts (1986). She lives and works in New York.