ARTIST BIO

YESNIK’s oeuvre encompasses painting, sculpture, works on paper, and outdoor murals. Often drawing inspiration from the natural world, YESNIK creates figurative abstractions, placing them in barren landscapes. Constructed from organically-shaped planes of flat color, these solitary forms recall a feeling of existentialist loneliness. Akin to artists like Max Ernst or Paul Nash, whose works convey a sense of a society in perpetual fragmentation, YESNIK explores similar ideas through his use of abstraction, suggesting the illusions of a distorted reality. Recently he has expanded from two-dimensional to sculptural works, as if the forms in his paintings have come to life. Cast in bronze or cut out of steel or wood, these fluid, geometric figures tower above the viewer.

In 2010, after a fifteen year run in Los Angeles with his design studio and gallery BLK/MRKT, YESNIK (formally known Kinsey) decided it was time for a change. He closed the business and retreated to a small town adjacent to the Sequoia National Park in Central CA to devote himself full-time to painting. Over the next five years he would embark on an autodidactic journey that would come to define the next chapter of his personal work under the pseudonym YESNIK. As the artist states “As far back as I can remember, art has always been a place of self expression, refuge and understanding of the world around me. I’ve always known that at some point I would go back to that place. When I found this small isolated town, that could provide me a renewed platform to create without all distractions of my previous ventures, I jumped right in”. YESNIK’s next move found him relocating back to San Diego where he now works and lives.

YESNIK (b. 1971, Pittsburgh PA), currently lives and works in San Diego, CA. He has exhibited nationally and internationally at galleries including: LUX Art Institute in Encinitas, CA; Library Street Collective in Detroit; Jules Maeght Gallery in San Francisco; Die Kunstagentin in Cologne, Germany. His works are in the collections of Takashi Murakami, The Penny and Russell Fortune Collection in Indianapolis, Indiana, Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and The Dean Collection in New York.