Artist
Kira Yustak Long Branch, New Jersey

Kira Yustak paints fantastical scenes that come from her childhood memories, dreams, and the natural world. Each piece feels like part of a larger narrative of an alternative reality, rendered in a style she describes as comic realism. She feels art must trigger something inside the viewer’s soul.Kira currently lives in New Jersey and finds inspiration in the work of Lowbrow, Folk, and Surrealist artists.

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    About The Artist

    Kira Yustak paints fantastical scenes that come from her childhood memories, dreams, and the natural world. Each piece feels like part of a larger narrative of an alternative reality, rendered in a style she describes as comic realism. She feels art must trigger something inside the viewer’s soul.Kira currently lives in New Jersey and finds inspiration in the work of Lowbrow, Folk, and Surrealist artists.

    Artist Statement


    My most recent work is an exploration of the relationship between people and the natural world. Humans are a part of the natural world and at the same time they are in a constant state of flux and conflict with it. We try to control nature, try to harness the power of it, and we have an impact on the planet with everything we do on a daily basis. We are in awe of natural forces beyond our control, and we are always trying to capture the wild beauty to be found in the world. The conflict between us as human beings and the forces of nature is a never-ending struggle. We overpopulate, industrialize and use natural resources, which change nature in a negative way. Yet animals and plants are resilient in surprising ways, learning to adapt and survive. Sometimes we even forget that we are a part of the natural world. Ironically, what we do ultimately affects ourselves. These particular themes interest me, and my most recent paintings are a way to think this concept through, at times in a humorous manner and at other times on a more serious level.

    Artist Background

    Hunter College
    Master of Fine Arts, 1994

    Pratt Institute

    Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1990

    Hear What Collectors Say About Kira's Work

    Kira Yustak 3/7/2017 | 1:49 PM

    Hello Linda, Thank-you so much for your purchase of my painting "Nocturne". Glad you like the painting! It arrived so quickly! Enjoy! -Kira

    L Wells 3/7/2017 | 11:41 AM

    Kira: Love it. Thank you. Linda

    Kira Yustak 6/18/2016 | 10:35 PM

    Thank-you so much! I am glad that you like the painting! Enjoy it.

    commentsCharlotte
    L Wells purchased this artwork. 6/18/2016 | 7:47 AM

    Received Charlotte. Love those glasses.You have a style all your own. Definitely a talented artist.

    Frank 11/23/2015 | 12:27 PM

    Kira, Your delightful painting, Autumn Breeze, arrived quickly and it is already one of my favorites. You so well captured the look of the subject as she glazes outward thinking of her life, what might have been and what will be next. Please don't stop painting Kira, your work is unique and captivating. Cheers, Frank

    Frank 11/16/2015 | 1:58 PM

    I loved the insight you provided Kira and I could not express it better- Im printing off your response to keep with the painting- and the name Kira, as an artist with great insight is perfect!!!!! Thanks so much, Cheers, Frank

    Kira Yustak 11/16/2015 | 1:34 PM

    Hello Frank, thank-you so much for your purchase of my painting "Autumn Breeze"! Many of the women I paint are fictitious characters, so there wasn't a particular person or model. I painted her from my imagination to express a feeling. She is walking through the park on a breezy Autumn day and thinking about her life and what she will do next. She feels as if there is a change in the air, just like the seasons are changing. It's as if you can hear the leaves rustling too. I hope that gives you some insight!

    Frank 11/16/2015 | 1:22 PM

    Hi Kira- I could not resist "Autumn Breeze"- somehow the face on that woman captivated me and I just had to have it. Was there a model and if so or not what was her expression trying to say? Can't wait to hang it in my art room. Cheers, Frank

    Kira Yustak 10/31/2015 | 10:10 AM

    Thank-you for the wonderful compliment!

    R Wise 10/30/2015 | 1:31 PM

    All I hear these days is, I should work in series', and yet you do not work in series', but I recognize every one as yours alone. Beautiful work!

    D Mehal 2/9/2011 | 2:28 AM

    The colors you have chosen in this piece are very soothing. They have a pulsing sort of warmth that draws me in to perch among the leaves. I could meditate for hours on our feathered friends preoccupation. Very fulfilling composition.

    Kira Yustak 9/23/2010 | 12:03 PM

    I am very pleased to have my artwork represented on UGALLERY! Thank-you for stopping by to view my work, and please do not hesitate to post any questions you may have or comments!

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