Yana Payusova

Yana Payusova

“By sheer multiplicity of parts, piling mountain upon mountain, the artist created an overwhelming sense of the majesty and vastness.”  Payusova’s oblique perspectives convey the imperfect journey of the anti-hero, rife with the sacred and the profane. So evenly divided is morality, here, that viewers have no choice but to give over to the essence of the experience. Payusova writes, “The tropes and allusions presented in the works cannot be separated from the ongoing debate over female body rights concerning birth/abortion, circumcision, body coverage/exposure, contraception, and obligations within matrimony.”

Payusova was born in 1979, in Leningrad, USSR. Classically trained as a painter at the St. Petersburg Fine Art Lyceé, she later immigrated to the US, where she received an MFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Payusova’s paintings and sculptures blend the styles and symbols of folk art, Russian icons, graphic poster art, illustration, and comics, and reflect her cultural heritage and her training in traditional Russian realist painting. She exhibits both nationally and internationally, including recently at the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park (Lincoln, Massachusetts), Howard Yezerski Gallery (Boston), Mimi Ferzt Gallery (NYC), and Galerie Caprice Horn (Berlin). Payusova currently teaches at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

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