b. 1971, Pittsburgh, PA
Lives and works in San Diego CA
YESNIK is known as a multifaceted visual artist, whose artistic oeuvre encompasses painting, sculpture, works on paper and outdoor murals. Collectively, these works come to define his aesthetic. Working within a range of mediums using deliberate ardent detail with flat color-laden shapes that seem to carry the composition, YESNIK has carved out a series of remarkably diverse works, which firmly come to define his complex yet coherent artistic style.
Utilizing an array of vibrant deep hues to set the tone, the viewer becomes engulfed within a harmonic kaleidoscope of shapes and imagery. Thru this, we begin to notice figures situated within sweeping landscapes of petrified wood or stone that come to resemble fossilized traces of a past existence. These abstruse objects, situated within arid landscapes come to life in his paintings and become metaphors for a society that YESNIK believes has entered into an evolutionary pitfall. Akin to artist’s like Max Ernst or Paul Nash, whose works give you a sense of a society in a perpetual fragmentation, YESNIK expounds upon a similar idea by use of abstraction which creates the illusion of a distorted reality. This type of suggestion—within a brazen juxtaposition of visual beauty—might imply that we are living in the most convenient denial.
Previously known for firmly making his mark in Los Angeles and abroad with BLK/MRKT—his design studio and gallery—YESNIK (formally known as Kinsey) decided in 2010 it was time for a change. After a fifteen plus year run, he closed the business and retreated to a small town adjacent to the Sequoia National Park in Central CA to paint full-time. 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 the 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.
(b. 1971, Pittsburgh PA), YESNIK’s paintings have been shown nationally and internationally in galleries such as: Library Street Collective in Detroit; Jules Maeght Gallery in San Francisco; Die Kunstagentin in Cologne, Germany. His works are also 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.
Lux Art Institute, Encinitas CA (forthcoming solo, JAN)
"For Better or Worse" YESNIK x JAYBO, (F-U) For the Unconventional, Los Angeles CA (duo)
"Platinum Blend 4" Stephanie Chefas Projects, Portland OR (group)
"Subliminal Sanctuary" Jules Maeght Gallery, San Francisco CA (duo)
"Mojave" (F-U) For the Unconventional, Los Angeles CA (solo)
"Van Gogh Ate My Dog" YESNIK x JAYBO, Kallenbach Gallery, Amsterdam Netherlands (duo)
"Momentary Bliss" New Image Art Gallery, Los Angeles CA (project room)
"The Modern Condition" FFDG, San Francisco CA (solo)
"Ashes to Ashes" Die Kunstagentin, Cologne Germany (solo)
“Cushion of Memory" Library Street Collective, Detriot MI (solo)
Penny and Russell Fortune Collection, Indianapolis Indiana
The Dean Collection, New York NY
Victoria and Albert Museum, London England
Takashi Murakami Collection, Tokyo Japan
EDUCATION (formally and informally)
Art Institute of Pittsburgh / Atlanta 1989 - 1993 BA, Visual Communication
Autodidactic Studies 2010 - 2014 MFA, Painting