Lisa Yuskavage is an American artist who lives and works in New York. She is known for her figure paintings, in which seemingly ignoble subjects are depicted with classic, historical techniques. Since the early 1990s, Yuskavage has been associated with a re-emergence of the figurative in contemporary painting.
Yuskavage’s oeuvre is characterized by her ongoing engagement with the history of painting, and in particular the genre of the nude. Her paintings also encompass landscape and still life genres, with all three often appearing within a single work. Yuskavage’s unique use of color is imbedded in Renaissance techniques as well as Color Field painting.
In September 2015, Lisa Yuskavage: The Brood opened at the Rose Art Museum of Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. This major solo exhibition presented the artist’s work spanning 25 years. Additionally, Yuskavage is featured in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s new online series, The Artist Project, launched in March 2015, in which she discusses Édouard Vuillard’s The Green Interior (1891).
Yuskavage is represented by David Zwirner (New York) and by Greengrassi (London). She has had eight solo exhibitions at David Zwirner and six solo presentations at Greengrassi.