Born in St. Louis, MO
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY
2008 San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
2021 Postcapitalist Desire, Tilton Gallery, New York, NY
2020 Salient Queens, VIELMETTER, Los Angeles, CA
Because it's in my blood, Galleria Poggiali, Milan, Italy
2019 Before Words, UICA, Grand Rapids, MI
HANNAH, Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago, IL
HIGHLY WORKED, Denny Dimin Gallery, New York, NY
2018 Chasing Time, Leyendecker Galeria, Tenerife, Canary Islands
2013 Alchemy in Silent Spaces, Idiosyncrasy Gallery, New York, NY
2012 Permutations, The Paragon Theater, St. Louis, MO
2010 Paroxysm, Art Monster, St. Louis, MO
2009 Wu-Wei, Abstrakt Gallery, St. Louis, MO
2020 We Are More Than A Moment, MCLA BCRC/Gallery 51, North Adams, MA
Life During WarTime, University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, FL
SITE: Art and Architecture in the Digital Space, Library Street Collective
Abstract! Minimalism to Now, Tilton Gallery, New York, NY
2019 IMPLIED BODY, ASSEMBLY ROOM, New York, NY
Harlem Perspectives, The Faction Art Space, New York, NY
PARALLELS AND PERIPHERIES, MOCAD, Detroit, MI
2018 Cry of Victory and Short Walks to Freedom, Projects + Gallery, St. Louis, MO
Outside in 2, Micahel David Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
PARALLELS AND PERIPHERIES, Art Center South Florida, Miami, FL
The Barn Show 2018, Johannes Vogt Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Senses and Perceptions, MANA Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ
The Aesthetics of Matter, VOLTA NY, New York, NY
Out of Line, Long Gallery, Harlem, NY
2017 PROJECTS, PULSE Contemporary Art Fair, Miami, FL
Hidden in Plain Sight, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2015 AART, Joseph Gross Gallery, New York, NY
2014 I Kan Do Dat, Rush Art Galleries, New York, NY
Art Now, Poppington Gallery, NY
2019-2021 Sculpture: 3 Ways, funded by the Helis Foundation, Poydras Corridor, New Orleans, LA
2019-2020 Installation | Film: Our Valence, funded by Art in Buildings by Time Equities, Detroit, MI
Awards and Residences
2020 Finalist, Creative Time Open Call, Creative Time
2019 Recipient, Colene Brown Art Prize, BRIC Arts Media
2018 & 2019 Nominee, Painters & Sculptors Grant Program, Joan Mitchell Foundation
2018 Nominee, Emerging Artist Grant, Rema Hort Mann Foundation
2018 Artist Residency, Galería Leyendecker, Tenerife, Canary Islands
2017 Artist Residency, Fountainhead, Miami, FL
2013 Artist Residency, Idiosyncrasy Gallery, New York, NY
2010 Artist Residency, Atlantic Center of the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL
2009-2012 Resident Performer, The Living Theatre, New York, NY
The Living Theater, New York, NY
2011 History of the World
2009 Red Noir
2019 Artist Talk, Philadelphia Academy of the Arts, Philadelphia, OA
Conversations with Artists (series), The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.
Beers, Kurt. 100 Sculptors of Tomorrow. Thames & Hudson. 2019.
White, Katie. "'My Whole Body Is Moving With It': Rising Star Kennedy Yanko on the Performative Way She Makes Her Coveted Sculptures." Artnet News, June 15, 2021.
Schwabysky, Barry. "Encounters With the Unknown." The Nation, May 19, 2021.
Ologundudu, Folasade. "Kennedy Yanko: Postcapitalist Desire." The Brooklyn Rail, May 2021.
“Couch Conversation: Kennedy Yanko & Kimberly Drew.” Cultured. October 2020.
Waddups, Ryan. “Kennedy Yanko Isn’t Afraid To Take Up Space.” Surface. October 2020.
Huzenis, Ella. “Kennedy Yanko’s Sculptures are a Certain Kind of Woman.” Interview. October 2020.
McFayden, Suzanne. "Kennedy Yanko on Her Solo Show in Milan, Because it's in my blood." All the pretty birds, September 24, 2020.
Rosier, J. Howard. “Critic’s Picks.” Art Forum. November 2019.
Dunson, Danny. "Kennedy Yanko: In Her Own Words." Art X. July 2019.
Becker, Noah. "Interview with Kennedy Yanko by Noah Becker.” White Hot Magazine. June 2019.
Joseph, Jae. “All the Feels: Nana Ya Asare Boadu and Kennedy Yanko.” July 2018.
Williams, Kristie. “Artist of the Week: Kennedy Yanko.” 9 April 2018.
Sargent, Antwaun. “How artist kennedy yanko went from bodybuilding to metalworking.” 8 March 2018.
McVey, Kurt. “THREE PULSES: VENTIKO, FISCHER CHERRY AND KENNEDY YANKO.” Visual Arts. 22 November 2017.
Hernandez, Jasmin. “Studio Visit with Kennedy Yanko in Bushwick, Brooklyn.” GalleryGurls. 22 October 2017.
McVey, Kurt. “It’s A Little About Kennedy Yanko.” Interview Magazine. 8 Nov. 2013.