Becky Yazdan, ‘Mirror Mirror’, 2013, FRED.GIAMPIETRO Gallery
Becky Yazdan, ‘Mirror Mirror’, 2013, FRED.GIAMPIETRO Gallery

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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.

Select One & Two Person Exhibitions

2015 Katherine Bradford with Becky Yazdan, Fred Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT
2013 Becky Yazdan & Rob Hickman, Forge Gallery, Milford, PA
Fred Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT
Norhtside Piers, Brooklyn, NY
2012 Towerbrook Capital, New York, NY
2009 Walter Meade Gallery, Roxbury, NY
Select Group Exhibitions

2015 Little Hand, Victory Hall Drawing Rooms, Jersey City, NJ
Skeleton Key, curated by David Gibson, Station Independent Projects, NYC
Benefit, Momenta Art, Brooklyn, NY
Family Ties, curated by Julie Torres and Bonny Leibowitz, Circuit 12 Contemporary, Dallas, TX
Group Show curated by John Dubrow, Blue Mountain Gallery, New York, NY
2014 GRAB BAG, Trestle Projects, Brooklyn, NY
Small Works 3, Jeffrey Leder Gallery, Long Island City, NY
Pleasure and Pain, galleryELL Online Exhibition Curated by John Ros and Kirsten Nash
Family Style, curated by Julie Torres, Formerly Pocket Utopia, New York, NY
Place Made Visible, curated by Julia Schwartz, part of DO IT YOURSELF, Brooklyn, NY
Salon Zürcher, Fred Giampietro Gallery, New York, NY
International Painting III, Jeffrey Leder Gallery, Long Island City, NYa
2013 Holiday Show, Fred Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT
21, Forge Gallery, Milford, PA
Small Wonder, Ground Floor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Becky Yazdan & Robert Hickman, Forge Gallery, Milford, PA
SOLOS 2013, Westport Arts Center, Westport, CT
NWC Biennale, Norman, OK
2012 LOOKOUTOUTLOOK, Fred Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT
Forge Gallery, Milford, PA
2011 Alumni Exhibition curated by John Newman, NYSS Gallery, New York, NY
Transient Landscape, Governor’s Island, NY
Brooklyn Takes on Alton! The Bartlett Gallery, Ontario, Canada
2010 galleryELL at the Loading Dock, Brooklyn, NY
NORTHBROOKLYN, Greenpoint Renaissance Center, Brooklyn, NY
Essential, Ico Gallery, New York, NY
Texas National curated by Judy Pfaff, The Cole Art Center, Nacogdoches, TX
2008 Rhonda Schaller Gallery, New York, NY
Brooklyn Collective, Brooklyn, NY
2005 NYSS, New York, NY
Fellowships, Grants, Residencies, Visiting Artist

2007 Vermont Studio Center Partial Fellowship
2005 Hohenberg Travel Award
1999 Emma Strain Award
1995 League of NH Craftsmen Award

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