Hannah Yata /   Hannah Faith Yata

United States 1989



Hannah Yata
Hannah Faith Yata
United States
April 15, 2016

Hannah Yata makes dream-like paintings from a fantasy world, where women have fish heads and ponder on political, human rights and environmental topics. Her colorful palette highlights the dream state in which the characters live in their imaginary world. The artist does not push the subliminal message in the area of obvious, she tends to leave the paintings open for a discussion. The inspiration depends on the viewer’s inspiration and sentiment, but it is almost impossible to miss the beauty of subtle inferences on important traditional and contemporary issues. Her fish protagonists explore the global themes of women’s rights, feminism, but also more personal issues of family relationships.

Hannah Yata - The Confidante, 2016 (left), Detail (right)
Hannah Yata – The Confidante, 2016 (left), Detail (right)

Fantastical Nature and Fish Protagonists

Hannah Yata was born in 1989, in Douglasville, Georgia. She is half Japanese and half Caucasian and her rich artistic motives originated from her cultural heritage. After graduating from the University of Georgia in 2012, with BFA in Painting, she moved to New York to pursue her artistic career. Since the early age, Yata was fascinated with nature, animals and wildlife. She intertwines political and social topics with her personal opinions on feminism and feminity. The beautiful, yet chaotic world she creates metaphorically displays the moral injustice of modern society and the negligence towards nature, and people. Where empathy is lost, promise for a better future also falls into the oblivion, and Yata’s mission is to explore the possible answers and ask the right questions to address these issues.

Yata’s paintings display the moral injustice of modern society and the negligence towards nature

Hannah Yata - Victory, 2015 (left), Demeter, 2014 (right)
Hannah Yata – Victory, 2015 (left), Demeter, 2014 (detail) (right)

Let the Message Resonates

Yata uses motifs from different cultures and tribes. The anthropological framework just sets up the ground for the more global approach. No matter to which tribe one belongs to, he or she is still a member of human species on this planet. Her fish protagonists are searching for the answers concerning the issue of abortion and overpopulation. It is certainly women’s choice to be in control of her own body, but the issue goes much deeper, going to the extent of reflecting on the future of human race on Earth. What would happen if nature would give up her children, is just one the topics her creatures speculate on. Yata uses her work to release from strong emotions. Her communications have universal meaning, and she is hoping to reach out to the audience and make her message resonate with them.

The artist covers the topics of women’s rights, overpopulation and the future of human race on Earth

Hannah Yata - Black Mascara, 2013 (left), Take Me Seriously, 2013 (right)
Hannah Yata – Black Mascara, 2013 (left), Take Me Seriously, 2013 (right)

The Power of Symbols Operates on Universal Level

The artist adds more and more different characters to induce distinct messages. When she addresses a topic she examines how people react to special images in real life. Her new character, a hairless cat, helps her communicate anxiety and uncertainty in which we have to live. Other animal hybrid creatures she uses are also coming to discuss the social injustice and objectification of women. Gestural movements in the paintings give her anthropomorphic figures energy and zest. Women are a metaphor for nature and it is them who were exploited throughout history. This artist shows very mature attitude and bravery. Hopefully, her art will make us rethink how we treat the ones who gave us life.

The artist is represented by Corey Helford Gallery.

Hannah Yata lives and works in New York.

All images used for illustrative purpose only © Hannah Yata

Featured image: Hannah Yata – Portrait of the artist, photo credits Artisticgrouping

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016Hannah YataCorey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles CASolo
2016Below the SurfaceCorey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2016Beinart Surreal Art ShowCopro Gallery, Santa Monica, CAGroup
2015Into the WoodsHaven Gallery, Northport, NYGroup
2015VerdantModern Eden Gallery, San Fransisco, CAGroup
2015Women x WomenStation 16, Montreal, QC CanadaGroup
2015Art Collector Starter Kit IIICorey Helford Gallery, Culiver City, CAGroup
2015The Midway SFThe Midway Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2015SuperheroModern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2015The Garden of Fernal DelightsBash Contemporary, San Francisco, CAGroup
2015StorybookModern Eden Gallery, San Fransisco, CAGroup
2015DreamlandsCorey Helford Gallery, Culver City, CAGroup
2015Myth, Magic and LoreBash Contemporary, San Francisco, CAGroup
2014Portraits of Strangers: Someones and Nobodies111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2014Abundandtia Cornu CopiaeStephen Romano Gallery, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2014Tales of the UncannyBash Contemporary, San Francisco, CAGroup
2014Small Works ShowArcadia Gallery, NYGroup
2014Two person show with Kyle StewartParlor Gallery, Asbury Park, NJGroup
2014SuggestivismCopro Gallery, Santa Monica, CAGroup
2014OlympusModern Eden Gallery. San Francisco, CAGroup
2014EquinoxArch Enemy Arts, Philadelphia, PAGroup
2014Terra: Artwork Inspired by NatureGallery Nucleus, Alhambra, CAGroup
2014Last RitesLast Rites Gallery, New York NYGroup
2013Juried Show (Curated by Jonathan Levine)Asbury, NJGroup
2013Group ExhibitionFountain Art Fair, Chicago, ILGroup
2013FaunaArch Enemy Arts, Philadelphia, PAGroup
2013Single Fare 3RH Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2012Nightmares and Night TerrorsGenome Gallery, Charlotte, NCGroup
2012Rite of SpringLamar Dodd School of Art, Athens, GAGroup
2012GnomeGenome Gallery, Charlotte, NCGroup
2011Hannah YataUesuto Gallery, Ginza, JapanSolo
2011ChickenGenome Gallery, Charlotte, NCGroup
2011Tiny ParadiseGenome Gallery, Charlotte, NCGroup