Yaya Karahkwahawi: Painting

Yaya began her love for art before preschool age.  Formal art training was out of reach during her formative years.  But as a child of the 50’s and 60’s doors opened to her that she considers the finest possible art education.  Before the age of fully 16, she spent many hours at the Bolton Landing farm of her art idol; sculptor David Smith, a recipient of the prestigious “Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts”.  Although Smith died in 1965, Yaya maintains friendships with contemporaries Smith mentored.  Yaya was accepted at Goddard Experimental Collage in Vermont, also at 16, where she learnt with mature artists in that community.  Yaya has participated in classwork at The San Francisco Art Institute, while not old enough to enroll. Her passion is Abstract composition and forms, although she is skilled in portraiture and animal subjects.   She has earned awards for her work in juried competition venues throughout the United States.

 

Yaya approaches painting with an eclectic scope. Her abstract work addresses the balance of dynamisms of life on all of its levels.  She deliberately plays with the equipoise and diffusion of space, form, color and composition.  Her work is often occupied with creating a glimpse into internal and external components of realty. She is always exploring the enigmatic power within matter and the mind.

 

Yaya often says:  “Although it is fun to appreciate a realistic piece of art, the true “LIFE” of the ART happens in the abstractions, even in the flaws. I like nothing more than to visit a museum where my  art heroes  are exhibited,  and study, up- close, the RAW, imperfect,  edges of paint, the bumps, and rough spots, the color peeking out from the underpainting. I love the blank spots on the canvas. And even stray hairs from the brushes, now captive in the paint.   To create out of pure energy with no guidelines, “THAT” is not easy!  It is easy for someone to look and say: I could have painted that; after they have seen it.  But to make it “become” is not easy at all, it requires honesty and self-exposure…It risks criticism.

 

As an artist, It doesn’t matter if I leave this world with a studio brimming with unsold work, as long as I keep being productive and learning. I have always believed that for every 10 paintings an artist may produce, they might create one that is EXCEPTIONAL. That is my goal to leave a few exceptional pieces in my wake.

 

 

Scroll-down to see “The Case for Abstraction”

 

 

 

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7 Responses so far.

  1. Lotta Olsson says:

    I just love your art Yaya 😍

  2. Carol Benson says:

    I love the raw emotion evident in Yaya’s Abstract works, I enjoy all her paintings but find I am drawn to the abstracts on an emotional level and excitedly await the arrival of every new masterpiece…a wonderful Artist!

  3. Zahava Tyla says:

    Love this.

  4. I own one of Yaya’s pieces right now but long for another. Her works are genuinely inspiring…awake and bold with splashes of colour and rhythm! A true delight for not just the eyes to roam amidst colour…texture and lines but for the mind to explore the riches of the love of art one can know and not just visually see in her work. Always dramatic I await new pieces to see where she might dare to go next.
    Andra from Ontario, Canada

  5. Lucy Straw says:

    I cannot take my eyes off of Yaya’s paintings! They are so passionate, so evocative of the great painters of the age. Picasso, Joan Miro and Kandinsky all come to mind. And yet, they are certainly her own. I wish I could afford to make one of them MY own. “Spirit Self” would be be my choice. Meanwhile, I wish her the great success she richly deserves.

  6. Yaya work is something to behold. It is both mind provoking and beautiful. The scope of her talent is extremely broad and diverse, defiantly worth taking a look. From the abstract to realism it is exceptional. She has something for every taste.

  7. Zahava Tyla says:

    I have been very impressed with Yaya Karahkwahawi’s artwork. Her work is vibrant and well-mastered as well as being attractive to the eye and imagination.