Adja Yunkers

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Adja Yunkers
'Miss Everready', color woodcut by Adja Yunkers, 1952, private collection.jpg
Adja Yunkers, Miss Everready, color woodcut, 1952, private collection
Known forPainting, printmaking
MovementAbstract art

Adja Yunkers (1900–1983) was an American abstract painter and printmaker. He was born in Riga, Governorate of Livonia, Russian Empire in 1900. He studied art in Leningrad, Berlin, Paris, and London. He lived in Paris for 14 years, and then moved to Stockholm in 1939. In Stockholm, he published and edited the arts magazines ARS magazine and Creation magazine. In 1947 he moved to the United States, where he lived for the rest of his life. He held a teaching position at the New School for Social Research in New York while summers were spent teaching at the University of New Mexico.[1] In 1949, he received a Guggenheim Fellowship. During the 1950s he primarily worked in color woodcuts, introducing brushwork into the genre. In 1960, he began producing lithographs. He produced two important series of lithographs at the Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles―Salt (five lithographs) and Skies of Venice (ten lithographs). Yunkers died in New York City in 1983.

Permanent collections[edit]


  1. ^ Leeper, John Palmer (1952). New Mexico Artists. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico. p. 68.
  • Bartelik, Marek, To Invent a Garden, The Life and Art of Adja Yunkers, New York, Hudson Hills Press, 2000.
  • Johnson, Una E. & Jo Miller, Adja Yunkers; Prints 1927-1967, Brooklyn, N.Y., Brooklyn Museum, 1969.
  • Paz, Octavio, Blanco, Illuminations by Adja Yunkers, Yunkers, 1974.
  • University of New Mexico, New Mexico Artists: John Sloan, Ernest L. Blumenschein, Gustave Baumann, Kenneth M. Adams, Adja Yunkers, Raymond Jonson, Peter Hurd, Howard Cook, Albuquerque, N.M., University of New Mexico Press, 1952.
  • Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Adja Yunkers, Salt Lake City, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, 1969.
  • Yunkers, Adja, Adja Yunkers, Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museaum, 1962.

External links[edit]

Adja Yunkers, Embroidered Halo, oil on canvas, 1958, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden