Yashua Klos


Yashua Klos (b.1977, Chicago) is an artist best known for his large-scale collage works which address issues of identity, race, memory and community.

Influenced by his upbringing in Chicago’s South Side, Klos challenges the construction and conventions of African-American identity. Notions of marginalisation, masculinity, and urban mythology are unpacked through examining behaviours within communities. He uses portraiture to highlight narratives of suppression, denial, and pain associated with the vulnerability experienced in black communities; and pins this against stoic performances of adaptation and thriving.

Klos finished his Master of Fine Arts at Hunter College in New York in 2009, after studying  his undergraduate degree at Northern Illinois University.  He has been awarded residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan; The Vermont Studio Center, Johnson and Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha. He is the recipient of a 2014 Joan Mitchell Fellowship and a 2015 NYFA Grant.

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Selected Solo Exhibitions

2016 Blank Black, Galerie Anne DeVillepoix, Paris
How To Hide in the Wind, Papillion Art, Los Angeles
2015 As Below, So Above, Tilton Gallery, New York
2013 We Come Undone, Tilton Gallery, New York

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019 Plumb Line, California African American Museum (CAAM)
2018 Cosmic Traffic Jam, Steven Zevitas Gallery, LA
Go Figure, The Pizzuti Collection, Columbus
New On the Wall (N.O.W.), The Pizzuti Collection, Columbus
2017 Everyday Anomaly - WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town
Art on the Vine, presented by The Agora Culture, Edgartown
Face to Face: Los Angeles Collects Portraiture, California African American Museum, Los Angeles
Give Us the Vote, ArtsWestchester, White Plains, New York
2016 Black Pulp!, The International Print Center, New York
Look up here, I’m in heaven, BRIC Arts Media, Brooklyn
2015 Broken English, Tyburn Gallery, London
To Be Young, Gifted, and Black, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg
2014 In Plain Sight, The Arts & Recreation Center, Opa-locka
2012 Fore, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York
Singular Masses, Memphis College of Art, Memphis
Bigger Than Shadows, Dodge Gallery, New York
Art on Paper, Weatherspoon Museum, Greensboro
2011 Art on Paper, Weatherspoon Museum, Greensboro
2010 ELSE, Tilton Gallery, New York
Lush Life, Scaramouche Gallery, New York
2009 Up and Coming: New Printmakers Make Their Mark, The Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton
From Africa To America, Iona College, New Rochelle, New York


2015 NYFA Grant

2014 Joan Mitchell Fellowship