I am trying to create symbols of transcendent moments - both in the act of perception and realization. —Robert Yasuda
For most of his six-decade career, Robert Yasuda has focused on minimalism within a practice that merges painting with architecture. The contemplative, poetic nature of his work reflects the sensibilities of his heritage as well as Buddhist teachings from his childhood.
Applying acrylic polymers onto carved wooden structures, Yasuda wraps these structures with sheer fabrics and layers more translucent pigments. The final work contains depths of visible layers and complex relationships between light, shadow, color and the sculptural elements of the wood.
The Deep consists of paintings named for Yasuda’s native Hawaii. Rich blues surround dark expanses and textured greens to take the viewer well below the surface of the water.
Robert Yasuda received his BFA and MFA from the Pratt Institute and divides his time between studios in New York City and Key West. First exhibiting in 1965, Yasuda has had 30 solo exhibitions internationally and over 80 group exhibitions to date. He has received a National Endowment to the Arts award, The John Hay Whitney Grant, a purchase award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and has work is in the collections of The Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.; The Brooklyn Museum, New York; Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford, Connecticut; The McNay Museum, San Antonio Texas, The Bass Museum, Miami Florida; Carnegie Institute, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania; and others.