Becky Yazdan, ‘Crab Trap’, 2015, FRED.GIAMPIETRO Gallery
Becky Yazdan, ‘Crab Trap’, 2015, FRED.GIAMPIETRO Gallery
Becky Yazdan, ‘Crab Trap’, 2015, FRED.GIAMPIETRO Gallery
Becky Yazdan, ‘Crab Trap’, 2015, FRED.GIAMPIETRO Gallery
Becky Yazdan, ‘Crab Trap’, 2015, FRED.GIAMPIETRO Gallery
Becky Yazdan writes, each of my paintings tells a story. They are based on things I see, read about, and watch on TV, as well as memories of events, feelings and colors – the pink of my favorite childhood bathing suit, the first time I told a lie. Color, form and pattern combine to become conversations, expressions, and events. When I paint I try to find the balance between intuition and intellect, so that the process of painting becomes an active dialogue with the phenomena of nature. By not dictating the end result I am receptive to a deeper understanding of the world around me. The paintings are like dreams – the events of the day reorganized and combined with other events and memories until a new, often surprising, reality has taken shape. Becky received her MFA from the NY Studio School, studying with Bill Jensen and Graham Nickson. Her work has been exhibited throughout the East Coast and New York. Becky has received many prestigious awards including the Emma Strain Award, Top 100 Artists by GLAAD, and the Hohenberg Travel Award.

Elisa Lendvay and Becky Yazdan “Under the Apple Tree,” Giampietro Gallery; New Haven, CT 2017
Katherine Bradford “Life Boats” and Becky Yazdan “Things That Wash Up” Giampietro Gallery; New Haven, CT 2015
Becky Yazdan & Rob Hickman, Forge Gallery; Milford, PA 2013
Giampietro Gallery; New Haven, CT 2013
Northside Piers; Brooklyn, NY 2013
Towerbrook Capital; New York, NY 2012
Walter Meade Gallery; Roxbury, NY 2009

Blue Mountain Gallery, juried by Betty Cuningham, New York, NY 2018
Collector’s Show curated by Tyler Loftis, Grand Rapids, MI 2017
20/20; Studio Montclair’s Academy Square Galleries, Montclair, NJ 2017
Alumni Show juried by Steven Harvey and Jennifer Samet, New York Studio School, New York, NY 2017
True Believers, David & Schweitzer Annex, Bushwick, NY 2017
Viewpoints 2017, juried by Karen Wilkin; Aljira Contemporary Art Center, Newark, NJ, 2017
Thicket curated by David Gibson; Station Independent Projects, New York, NY, 2017
Nasty Women Exhibition; Knockdown Center, Queens, 2017
The Reality of Abstraction, Schelfhaudt Gallery, University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport CT. October 2016
Seeking Space: Making the Future, David & Schweitzer Contemporary. Brooklyn, NY 2016
Alumni Show juried by Lesley Heller, New York Studio School, New York, NY 2016
Emilia Dubicki, Aspasia Anos, Becky Yazdan; Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT, 2016
Color Matters; The Painting Center, NYC, 2016
Small Works; Main Street Arts, Clifton Springs, NY, 2015
Holiday Show; Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT 2015
Alumni Show, juried by Jason Andrew, Yevgeniya Baras and Fred Valentine; NYSS, NYC, 2015
Family Ties, curated by Julie Torres and Bonny Leibowitz, Circuit 12 Contemporary, Dallas, TX, 2015
Little Hand; Victory Hall Drawing Rooms, Jersey City, NJ 2015
Momenta Art, Brooklyn, NY 2015
Group Show curated by John Dubrow; Blue Mountain Gallery, New York, NY, 2015
GRAB BAG; Trestle Projects, Brooklyn, NY, 2014
Small Works 3; Jeffrey Leder Gallery, Long Island City, NY 2014
Pleasure and Pain; galleryELL Online Exhibition Curated by John Ros and Kirsten Nash, 2014
Family Style; curated by Julie Torres, Formerly Pocket Utopia, New York, NY 2014
Place Made Visible; curated by Julia Schwartz, part of DO IT YOURSELF, Brooklyn, NY 2014
Salon Zürcher; New York, NY 2014
International Painting III; Jeffrey Leder Gallery, Long Island City, NY 2014
Holiday Show; Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT 2013
21; Forge Gallery, Milford, PA 2013
Small Wonder; Ground Floor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 2013
SOLOS 2013, curated by Susan Cross of MASS MoCA; Westport Arts Center, Westport, CT, 2013
NWC Biennale, Norman, OK 2013
NURTUREart Benefit, Bernarducci Meisel Gallery, New York, NY 2013
Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT 2011, 2012
Forge Gallery, Milford, PA 2012
Alumni Exhibition curated by John Newman, NYSS Gallery, New York, NY 2011
transient landscape, Governor’s Island, NY 2011
NURTUREart Benefit, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY 2011, 2012
Brooklyn Takes on Alton! The Bartlett Gallery; Ontario, Canada 2011
galleryELL at the Loading Dock, Brooklyn, NY 2010
NORTHBROOKLYN; Greenpoint Renaissance Center, Brooklyn, NY 2010
Essential (Anniversary Party); Ico Gallery, New York, NY, 2010
Texas National, juried by Judy Pfaff; The Cole Art Center, Nacogdoches, TX, 2010
Rhonda Schaller Gallery; New York, NY 2008
Brooklyn Collective; Brooklyn, NY 2005, 2006, 2007 & 2008
ArtWalk; New York, NY 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
GLAAD OutAuction; New York, NY 2006, 2007 & 2009
MFA Thesis Show, New York Studio School; New York, NY 2005
New York Studio School; New York, NY 2004
Fifteen Degrees; Boulder, CO 1999
Sybase; Boulder, CO 1999
Macky Auditorium; Boulder, CO 1998
Art Students League Juried Exhibition; Boulder, CO 1997 & 1998
Delden Murray Exhibition; Hanover, NH 1995

Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT 2017
“What’s Your Thicket? Abstraction and Crisis“; Station Independent Projects, NYC 2017
Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT 2017
Panel Discussion: “The Reality of Abstraction” Schelfhaudt Gallery, Bridgeport, CT 2016
Visiting Artist, Art Student’s League, Denver, CO 2014
Westport Art Center, Westport, CT 2013
Panel Discussion: “Drawing and its Role in the Studio Practice”; NYSS, New York, NY 2012
Walter Meade Gallery, Roxbury, NY 2009

NYSS Interviews; Conversations with the MFA class of 2005; Geoffrey Stein; Published Aug 2, 2017
Bridgeport Art Trail; January 2017
The Painting Center: When Color Matters; Two Coats of Paint; January 19, 2016
Becky Yazdan on Painting; Just Another Painter; December 22, 2015
Featured Artist: Becky Yazdan; Nathan Pendlebury Blog; August 18, 2015
Jury Duty at the New York Studio School; by Paul d’Agostino, Brooklyn Magazine; August 11, 2015
Mockingbird Thoughtz; May 30, 2015
A Conversation with Becky Yazdan, NYSS Alumni Association, January 26, 2015
Mockingbird Thoughtz; October 14, 2014
Refuge at Salon Zürcher, Two Coats of Paint; May 20, 2014
Jeffrey Leder Gallery Welcomes You Home, Queens Chronicle, March 20, 2014
Summer Stock, White Elephant on Wheels; August 24, 2013
Have you met... Becky Yazdan? Painter’s Process; July 2013
(Re)Discovering Art in Brooklyn: Ground Floor Gallery, Art in Limbo, July 2013
Singular Sensations, Westport News; April 6, 2013
Giampietro Explains, New Haven Independent; March 2013
Portfolio: Becky Yazdan, Two Coats of Paint; March 2013
Becky Yazdan, Gorky’s Granddaughter; February 2013
Artists as Curators: Christopher Joy, Two Coats of Paint; November 15, 2012
Studio Critical; December 3, 2011
Two Coats of Paint; October 12, 2011
NY Art Marathon Curator’s Review; February 9th, 2011
Studio Visit Magazine, Vol. 12, 2011
Art In Brooklyn; December 3, 2010
Urban Flea Artist Love; May 11, 2009
ApartmentTherapy Presents by Maxwell Gillngham-Ryan, Chronicle Books, 2008
ArtOnlyArt Featured Artist; July 1, 2007
Block Island Times; May 26, 2007 Featured Artist; May 2006

About Becky Yazdan

The canvases of Becky Yazdan conjure the interior world of personal memories, which she evokes without illustrating specific details. The Brooklyn-based artist creates layered compositions based subject matter from her daily life: books, TV shows, dreams, and past experiences. She works by combining color, form, and pattern, both intuitively and intentionally, digging up sensations as intangible as the fist time she ever told a lie or the specific color of a beloved childhood bathing suit. “The paintings are like dreams,” Yazdan has said of her work. “The events of the day [are] reorganized and combined with other events and memories until a new, often surprising, reality has taken shape.”

American, b. 1977, Hanover, NH, USA, based in New Jersey, USA