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Becky Yazdan

In a recent statement, Becky Yazdan describes her new work; “This particular body of work focuses on transitions and change and the violence and inevitable resistance that come along with it. In order for the caterpillar to turn into the butterfly it must digest itself with its own enzymes. For one to move forward, things must be left behind -- how do you decide what stays and what goes? Do you keep the baby or does it get thrown out with the bath water?”    


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



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



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



Becky Yazdan, Martin Dull, Don Porcella; Vivid Space, San Diego, CA 2018

Studio Montclair Invitational, Studio Montclair Galleries, Montclair, NJ 2018

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, NYC 2017

Nasty Women Exhibition; Knockdown Center, Queens, 2017

The Reality of Abstraction, Schelfhaudt Gallery, University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT 2016

Seeking Space: Making the Future, David & Schweitzer; 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



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

ApartmentTherapy.com Featured Artist; May 2006