Kennedy Yanko

Born in St. Louis, MO, 1988, and Lives and works in Bushwick, Brooklyn



Kennedy Yanko by Zeph Colombatto

Kennedy Yanko (b. 1988, St. Louis, MO) is a sculptor and installation artist working in found metal and paint skin. Yanko deploys her materials in ways that explore the limitations of optic vision, underlining the opportunities we miss when looking with eyes alone. Her methods reflect a dual abstract expressionist-surrealist approach that centers the seen and unseen factors that affect, contribute to, and moderate human experience.

In 2019, Yanko debuted three solo shows: Highly Worked (Denny Dimin Gallery, New York), Hannah (Kavi Gupta, Chicago), and Before Words (UICA, Grand Rapids), and installed her first public sculpture, 3 WAYS, on the Poydras Corridor in New Orleans in collaboration with The Helis Foundation and the Ogden Museum of Art. In 2020, Yanko debuted two solo shows, Because it’s in my blood (Galleria Poggiali, Milan) and Salient Queens (Vielmetter Gallery, Los Angeles).

She was also named Art Forum’s “Critic’s Pick” in 2019 and was featured in 100 Sculptors of Tomorrow published by Thames & Hudson. Most recently, in 2021, Kennedy Yanko was an Artist in Residence at the Rubell Museum.

Her institutional exhibitions include the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (Parallels and Peripheries curated by Larry Ossei-Mensah); University of South Florida (Life During WarTime, curated by Christian Viveros-Faune).

Her work is included in notable private museums, namely: The Bunker Artspace, West Palm Beach (Beth Rudin DeWoody), Espacio Tacuari, Buenos Aires (Juan Vergez and Patricia Pearson), and the Rubell Museum, Miami (Don and Mera Rubell).


Inside the Studio Where Artist Kennedy Yanko Creates Her Surreal Sculptures
Akili King


Kennedy Yanko Isn’t Afraid to Take Up Space
Ryan Waddoups


Couch Conversation: Kennedy Yanko And Kimberly Drew
Kimberly Drew

Cultured Magazine

Kennedy Yanko’s Sculptures Are a Certain Kind of Woman
Ella Huzenis

Interview Magazine