Biography

Robert Yasuda composes subtly iridescent paintings suffused with luminous color. The Hawaiian-born artist investigates the fugitive qualities of light and human perception by layering acrylic paint and sheer, woven fabric atop sculpted wooden panels, Yasuda builds surfaces that are at once ethereal and architectural. His works assume different guises according to changes in light and the viewer's vantage point. Defying the traditional boundaries of painting, Yasuda's works possess a floating quality. He carves wooden panels into unusual forms with sharp upturned corners, softly rounded edges or subtly curved contours. Attaching covert cradle-like wooden structures behind several paintings, he forces the works forward into space giving them a distinctly sculptural quality. In other cases, he suspends his works from narrow supports creating dramatic T-shaped compositions. Yasuda is continuously rebelling against the conventional painting frame and introducing new means of context and framing. 


Yasuda moved to New York City in the late 1950s where he attended the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn. He began exploring themes of perception, light and nature in the early 1970s, producing resoundingly abstract paintings. He would dry the delicately layered canvases under the scorching sun in Florida, where he still spends half the year painting in the Keys. Increasingly, he became fascinated with the different character of his works when viewed in natural light versus artificial light

Robert Yasuda has exhibited extensively across the globe. He has been recognized with awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Yasuda's works are in the permanent collections of The Brooklyn Museum, New York; The Library of Congress, Washington, DC; The New York Public Library; The Bass Museum, Miami, Florida; Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh; and The McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas.

Duo
Singapore
Duo
Judith Murray and Robert Yasuda October 17 – November 27, 2014
Robert Yasuda
NY | Chelsea
Robert Yasuda
Make Haste Slowly February 6 – March 1, 2014
Robert Yasuda
NY | Chelsea
Robert Yasuda
New Paintings May 13 – June 12, 2010
DUO
Publication
DUO
Judith Murray and Robert Yasuda
Robert Yasuda
Publication
Robert Yasuda
Make Haste Slowly
Robert Yasuda
Publication
Robert Yasuda
The New Yorker
Press
The New Yorker
Forty July 12, 2016

A review of Forty, curated by Alanna Heiss, at MoMA PS1, featuring work by STG artist Robert Yasuda.

ARTnews
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ARTnews
Review: Robert Yasuda June 2014

Longtime abstract painter Robert Yasuda's newest works verge on the lush, with an expanded palette, richer surface tonalities, and contours that are increasingly undulant, offering a more nuanced and fluid visual experience.

Blouin Artinfo
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Blouin Artinfo
Video Interview with Robert Yasuda February 2014

Artist Robert Yasuda talks with Blouin Artinfo about the work in his new exhibition, Make Haste Slowly.

Orientations
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Orientations
Asia Week New York March 2011

Sundaram Tagore Gallery will present a group exhibition, "Facing East’, of works that transcend cultural boundaries while reflecting Eastern elements. The show represents artists of Korean, Indian, Japanese, Vietnamese, and Uzbeki-Israeli origins. These works define an aesthetic language of East-West dialogue, featuring artists Kim Joon, Nathan Slate Joseph, Sohan Qadri, Hiroshi Senju, Robert Yasuda, Nhat Tran, Amina Ahmed, and Taylor Kuffner. Through their works, these artists struggle to create a sense of beauty that is universal through a wide range of mediums.

Art News
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Art News
Robert Yasuda September 2010

"Yasuda's paintings are like shields or tablets awaiting a future generation to record its history on them."

South China Morning Post
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South China Morning Post
Preview: Here and Now at Sundaram Tagore Gallery March 2009

Art historian Sundaram Tagore's doctoral thesis looks at Indian artists' response to European modernisation from the 1940s to 1980s. As a curator, however, his focus is more on the here and now. Hence the title of his gallery's latest group exhibition by 18 international artists, which opens today at the Sundaram Tagore Gallery's Hong Kong branch.

South China Morning Post
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South China Morning Post
City Reviews: In your Mind's Eye; Sundaram Tagore Gallery October 28, 2008

"...Less-colour-saturated but no less intuitive are the pieces by Natvar Bhavsar, who sprinkles pigment delicately on his canvases in an echo of Jackson Pollock, although the works' understated quality reflects a gentle Asian sensibility that's the opposite of the American painter's frenetic, ego-driven style..."

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