Yashua Klos

Brooklyn, New York

Artworks shown are selected from works submitted by the artist in their grant or residency application. All works are copyright of the artist or artist’s estate.

About Yashua Klos

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Yashua Klos is a visual artist represented by Sikkema Jenkins & Co. in New York City and Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery in Luxembourg. His practice employs a unique process of collaging his own woodblock printed textures to engage ideas about Blackness as an adaptive material for survival strategies. Klos’ work has been shown in museums and galleries across the U.S. and abroad, including the Studio Museum of Harlem; What If The World Gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa; Tilton Gallery in New York City; and UTA Artist Space in Los Angeles. Klos’ first solo museum show, entitled OUR LABOUR, debuted at the Wellin Museum of Art in Clinton, New York, in February 2022. Klos’ works have been featured in publications such as The New York Times, and he has been awarded artist residences at Skowhegan, The Vermont Studio Center, and Bemis. He is the recipient of a Joan Mitchell Fellowship and a NYFA Grant. Klos was born and raised on the South-Side of Chicago. He now works and resides in New York City, with studios in Brooklyn and the Bronx.

Program Participation

Joan Mitchell Center Residency, 2022

Painters & Sculptors Grant, 2014

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I view the Black body in America as an identity in flux—one that must both resist and hide. With this in mind, I find ways to represent Blackness as both a figurative and abstract form. I’m especially inspired by the resilient beauty of Black Americans, and I'm provoked by the injustice upon Black folks living in the segregated urban landscape.”