A Mexican artist of Jewish heritage, Yishai Jusidman explores the history of paint and painting, and presents it through a contemporary lens. Since the late 80’s, he has developed series of works that construct around specific problems of contemporary painting in a critical and innovative fashion.
Born in 1963 in Mexico City, Mexico, Jusidman currently lives and works in Los Angeles. He graduated from the California Institute of the Arts (B.F.A.), New York Studio School of Drawing (Painting and Sculpture) and New York University (M.A.). He exhibited in venues worldwide, including Americas Society, New York, MUAC, Mexico City, Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City, Yvon Lambert Gallery, New York, SMAK in Ghent, Belgium, MEIAC in Badajoz, Spain, and MARCO in Monterrey, Mexico (2002–3). He also showed at the 2014 SITE Santa Fe Biennial; the 2001 Venice Biennale; ARS 01, KIASMA, Helsinki, Finland (2001); and Ultrabaroque: Aspects of Post-Latin American Art, which traveled to the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and the Miami Art Museum (2000–2003).
Among Jusidman's notable series is Prussian Blue from 2017, a series of paintings rendered almost exclusively in one of the earliest artificially developed pigments used by European painters—Prussian Blue. At the same time, the chemical compound that makes up this pigment happens to be related to the Prussic acid in Zyklon B, the poisonous product used by the Nazis in gas chambers. In these works, the artist re-engages with these stains that still remain in gas chambers, serving as quiet, disturbing, and palpable reminders.
Featured image: Yishai Jusidman - The Economist Shuffle #21, 2008 (detail). Oil on wood with gilded frame. 28 1/2 × 30 1/2 in. 72.4 × 77.5 cm. Photo courtesy Galería OMR