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Becky Yazdan

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.

While previous bodies of work focused on memories of past events and emotions, these new pieces unfold in response to life events happening in real time. Painting is a way for me to digest and process experience and emotion and offers a way to retell the story or at least to make peace with it. The process involves an exchange between assertion and denial which ideally ends in acceptance and resolution, keeping the mind calm in order to avoid a mutiny.

The titles of the paintings play an integral role in the final piece. While they allude to the subject matter of the painting they ultimately keep the viewer at a distance -- you are invited in but then kept at bay. Spray paint and squeegee provide a fast way of cancelling out or covering up the ugliness, exposure and fear allowing a new (if damaged) slate on which to begin again.

New York based artist, Becky Yazdan received her MFA from the NY Studio School, studying with Bill Jensen and Graham Nickson. She received her Bachelors of Fine Art from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Yazdan’s work has been exhibited throughout the East Coast and New York and she has received many prestigious awards including the Emma Strain Award, Top 100 Artists by GLAAD, and the Hohenberg Travel Award.


MFA, New York Studio School, 2005

BFA, University of Colorado at Boulder, 1999



Sad Sack received Honorable Mention by NYSS Alumni Awards Committee, 2019

Bloodletting recipient of All Art Works prize, Grand Rapids, MI, 2019

Mercedes Matter / Ambassador Middendorf Award - Honorable Mention, 2018
All Art Works Award, 2018

Collectors Show Award, 2017

Best in Show, Viewpoints 2017 juried by Karen Wilkin, 2017

Vermont Studio Center Partial Fellowship, 2007

Hohenberg Travel Award, 2005

Nora Speyer Scholarship, 2003 & 2004

Emma Strain Award, 1999

League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Award, 1995



“Unhinged,” One River School; Englewood, NJ 2019

175 S Mountain; Montclair, NJ 2019

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




M.David & Co, Brooklyn, NY

ROS Kick Off Show, Lorimoto Gallery, Ridgewood, NY

Thunderdome, Interboro Tigerforce, Ridgewood, NY

All Art Works, curated by Tyler Loftis. Concurrent with ArtPrize, Grand Rapids, MI

NYSS Alumni Invitational, work selected by David Humphrey and Claire Sherman, NYC

Open Doors, Open Studios, curated by Priska Juschka of Lichtundfire. The Celemente, NYC

Somewhere We Landed, Drawing Rooms, Jersey City, NJ

Among Friends / Entre Amigos, Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural Center, New York, NY

Blue Mountain Gallery, juried by Elisa Jensen, New York, NY



M.David & Co, Brooklyn, NY

Walking is a Way of Knowing, curated by Jannell Turner; Sunset Park, NY

Leaving a Mark, curated by Martin Dull, M. David Studio; Bushwick, NY

All Art Works, curated by Tyler Loftis; Grand Rapids, MI

X Marks the Spot: the Women of New York Studio School, NYSS, New York, NY

Small Works Show, curated by Sharon Louden; Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Becky Yazdan, Martin Dull, Don Porcella; Vivid Space, San Diego, CA  

Collector’s Show / Spring 2018; The ArtPrize HUB, Grand Rapids, MI

Studio Montclair Invitational, curated by Todd Lambrix, Studio Montclair Galleries, Montclair, NJ

Blue Mountain Gallery, juried by Betty Cuningham, New York, NY



Collector’s Show curated by Tyler Loftis, Grand Rapids, MI

20/20; Studio Montclair’s Academy Square Galleries, Montclair, NJ

Alumni Show juried by Steven Harvey and Jennifer Samet, New York Studio School, New York, NY

True Believers, David & Schweitzer Annex, Bushwick, NY

Viewpoints 2017, juried by Karen Wilkin; Aljira Contemporary Art Center, Newark, NJ

Thicket curated by David Gibson; Station Independent Projects, New York, NY

Nasty Women Exhibition; Knockdown Center, Queens



The Reality of Abstraction, Schelfhaudt Gallery, University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport CT

Seeking Space: Making the Future, David & Schweitzer Contemporary. Brooklyn, NY

Alumni Show juried by Lesley Heller, New York Studio School, New York, NY

Emilia Dubicki, Aspasia Anos, Becky Yazdan; Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT

Color Matters; The Painting Center, NYC



Small Works; Main Street Arts, Clifton Springs, NY

Holiday Show; Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT

Alumni Show, juried by Jason Andrew, Yevgeniya Baras and Fred Valentine; NYSS, NYC

Family Ties, curated by Julie Torres and Bonny Leibowitz, Circuit 12 Contemporary, Dallas, TX

Little Hand; Victory Hall Drawing Rooms, Jersey City, NJ

Momenta Art, Brooklyn, NY

Group Show curated by John Dubrow; Blue Mountain Gallery, New York, NY



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; New York, NY

International Painting III; Jeffrey Leder Gallery, Long Island City, NY



Holiday Show; Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT

21; Forge Gallery, Milford, PA

Small Wonder; Ground Floor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

SOLOS 2013, curated by Susan Cross of MASS MoCA; Westport Arts Center, Westport, CT

NWC Biennale, Norman, OK

NURTUREart Benefit, Bernarducci Meisel Gallery, New York, NY



Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT

Forge Gallery, Milford, PA

NURTUREart Benefit, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY



Alumni Exhibition curated by John Newman, NYSS Gallery, New York, NY

transient landscape, Governor’s Island, NY

Gianpietro Gallery, New Haven, CT

NURTUREart Benefit, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY

Brooklyn Takes on Alton! The Bartlett Gallery; Ontario, Canada



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



One River School, Englewood, NJ 2019

Transcender Slide Talk, Bushwick, NY 2019

Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT 2017

“What’s Your Thicket? Abstraction and Crisis“; Station Independent Projects, NYC 2017

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



Structure & Imagery, February 2019

Work for Art’s Sake: ‘Making As Thinking,’ Montclair Local, February 26, 2018

Gallery Travels; November 22, 2017

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

Gallery Travels; August 23, 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