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Brahna Yassky


Brahna Yassky was trained as a visual artist at San Fransisco State University and California College of the Arts. Although she has predominantly worked as a painter, she also wrote and directed a short film “Frozen Moment” which was shown at several film festivals.

She received her certification in art therapy from the New School for Social Research, New York City.


As an artist she keeps her medium fluid depending on what is the best one to convey what she wants so say.

Yasskys' latest project is a new book "Slow Dancing with Fire"  launching May 3rd, 2022 published by Shanti Arts- a memoir of the healing power of art, love, and swimming.


Curriculum Vitae




Slow Dancing with Fire - A Memoir of Resilience, Shanti Arts Publishing


January 2023 - The New York Times Tiny Love Stories "Across the Table"  2022- The Ethel several issues

April 2022 Lilith Magazine "Death Passed Me Over"

Summer 2021 - The Plentitudes Journal "Flaws"

May 2021 - The Girlfriend "40 of the Most Amazing Gitlfriend Stories You May Have Missed" 200 Anniversary Issue 2 essays

March 2021 Salon "Gathering, grief and the pandemic Passover"

February 2021 - The Ethel "The Birthday That Ushered in a Whole New Attitude"

January 2021 - The Independent "My ex-husband was hailed as one of the first people in New York to get the vaccine.."

December 2020 - The Girlfriend "Finding a Ladies Room in a Brave New World"

June 2020 - American Writers Review 2020, San Fedele Press "How Swimming Saved My Life"

May 2020 - AARP Disrupt Aging "Shacking Up With My Ex in the Pandemic"

November 2019 - AARP Girl Friend Blog "The Lost Ring"

October 2017 - Blood and Thunder Review “Frozen Moment”

December 2011- Tribeca Tribune, "From a Resident's Front Row Seat At OWS"  

EXHIBITIONS:            Partial List (*One person shows)

2022 - National Arts Club NYC, NY

2020 - National Arts Club NYC, NY

2019 - "In Your Mother Tongue: A Word and Image Dialogue", Griffin Museum, Boston; 'Barbie on the Beach' words by Brahna Yassky, photo by Susan Rosenberg Jones. 

2019 - Bali Purnati Center for the Arts, Bali, Indonesia

2017-  WBAI Art Auction  Chesterfield Gallery, New York City

2014 - “Shifting Ecologies” The Painting Center, New York City

2005 - “Wish You Were Here” A.I.R. Gallery, New York City

2004 - “Domestic Affairs” Locus Media Arts, New York City

2002 - “Life of the City” Museum of Modern Art, New York, N.Y.

2000 - “Certain Things: Unlikely Treasures” Elsa Mott Ives Gallery, New  York, N.Y.

1999 - *”Personal Belongings” Delaware Arts Center Gallery, Narrowsburg, N.Y.

1998 - “Domestic Narratives” RCCA, Troy, New York, N.Y.

1997 - “Fire and Ice” Attleboro Museum, Attleboro, Ma.

1997 - Cortland Jessup Gallery, Provincetown, Ma.

1996 - * “The Ghost Series”, Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, Narrowsburg, NY.

1995 - "Children’s Books by Artists," Printed Matter, New York, NY

1994 - "The Self Portrait Show," New York Law School, New York, NY

1993 - "Sacred Spaces," Thomas Center Gallery, Gainsville, FL

1993 - Artist & Homeless Collaborative, Louis Arons Gallery, New York, NY

1992 - Art in General, New York, NY

1992 - Franklin Furnace, New York, NY

1992 - "You Must Remember This," Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ

1991 - "Choice," A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY

1991 - "Innundation," Uddoh Gallery, New York, NY

1990 - "Dia De Los Muertos," Alternative Museum, New York, NY

1989 - "Soho in DeSota," Tallahassee Gallery, Tallahassee, FL

1988 - Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall on Hudson, NY

1988 - *Window, Department of Labor, Brooklyn, NY

1988 - "Interiors/Exteriors," East Hampton Center for Contemporary Art,

                      East Hampton, NY

1987 - "Small Works," B.A.C.A. Downtown, Brooklyn, NY

1987 - "What is Feminist Art," P.P.O.W. Gallery, New York, NY

1986 - *The Gallery of the Arts Council of Princeton, Princeton, NJ

1986 - *The Atrium Club, New York, NY

1985 - "Hudson Valley '85," Barrett House, Poughkeepsie, NY

1985 - 22 Wooster Street Gallery, New York, NY

1984 - "The 69th Hudson River Annual," The Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY

1983 - *Danceteria, New York, NY

1981 - *Bloomingdale's Windows, New York, NY

1980 - * Zoma Gallery, New York, NY

1979 - San Francisco Museum of Art Rental Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1979 - Source Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1979 - "Images of Women," Kaiser Center, Oak



1993 - New York City Department of Health - 6,000 subway cars, New York, NY

1992 - New York City Department of Health - Mural,  Bronx, NY

1990 - Mr. and Mrs. Martin Heinfling, Great Neck, NY

1988 - St. Vincent's Hospital, New York, NY

1983 - Macy's, New York, NY

1981 - Mick Jagger, Rolling Stones, American Tour

1979 - Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Gilson, Stanford, CA



1992 - "You Must Remember This," Jersey City Museum

1990 - "Dia De Los Muertos," Alternative Museum, New York, NY



1994 - WCA Panel "Inclusion/Exclusion/Ethnicity:  Will We Ever Learn?"

1994 - Queens Museum

1990 - WCA Panel "Making Art After Making It--Maquettes for the Future"



1989 - "Frozen Moment;" Wrote, directed and styled the film



Peg Churchill Wright, “‘Domestic Narratives’ tugs at our daily lives”

           The Daily Gazette, March 19, 1998

William Jaeger, “3 Artists Combine Strengths in ‘Domestic Narratives’

           Times Union, March 8, 1998

Mary Greene, “Ghost Series; A Landscape of Mystery at the Arts Center

           The River Reporter, June 13, 1996

Pepe Karmel, "Pictures in Children’s Books, From Cherubs to Divided Faces"

                      The New York Times, Friday, Aug. 18, 1995

Abraham J. Karp, "The Jews in America:  A Treasury of Art and Literature,"

                      (art  reproduced), Hugh Lauter Levin, 1994

William Zimmer, "When Deep Memories are Unshakable,"

                      The New York Times, Sunday, April 12, 1992

Eileen Watkins, "Memories, Human Body Are Themes of Pair of Exhibits,"

                      Sunday Star Ledger, April 26, 1992

"Museum Announces 'You Must Remember This,'"

                      Hudson Current, Vol. 1, No. 28

"The Art of Education," Heresies 24, Vol. 6, No. 4, 1989, art reproduced p. 26

                      "What is Feminist Art?"

Rose C.S. Slivka, "From the Studio,"

                      East Hampton Star, December 1, 1988

Robert Long, "Strong Realist Paintings,"

                      Southampton Press, November 17, 1988

Palmer Poroner, "Eclectic Art Show Opens at Zoma Gallery,"

                      The Westsider, January, 1980

Artspeak, November, 1980

Robert Mcdonald, "Images of Women-Censored and Uncensored,"

                      Artweek, Feb. 1979



Museum of Modern Art, New York, N.Y.

Artist & Homeless Collaborative, New York, NY

The Unknown Museum, Mill Valley, CA



2019 - Finalist Brooklyn Non-Fiction Prize, Brooklyn Filme and Arts Festival

2018 - Honorable Mention for memoir "After The Fire", Doheny Prize, Center For Fiction, NYC

1998 – Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Grant

1998 – Juried Curator’s Choice Competition (Maxwell Davidson, juror)

            Artists Talk on Art

1995-1996 - New York Foundation for the Arts, Artist in Residence Grant

1994-1995 - New York Foundation for the Arts, Artist in Residence Grant

1993-1994 - New York Foundation for the Arts, Artist in Residence Grant

1992-1993 - New York Foundation for the Arts, Artist in Residence Grant

1990 - Rochester Film Festival, Honorable Mention, "Frozen Moment"

1990 - Cinequest, San Jose Film Festival, "Frozen Moment"

1989, 1990 - Summer Residency, Cummingham Community for the Arts,

                      Cummington, MA

1989 - Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Grant




New School for Social Research, New York, NY, Certification, Art Therapy, 1983

California College of Arts & Crafts, Oakland, CA, M.F.A., 1978

San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA, B.A., 1970


Masters Writing Workshops:

2011 - Rebecca Stowe, 92nd Street Y,  NYC, NY

2012 - Daphne Merkin, Hunter College,  NYC, NY

Also studied with Nick Flynn,  Mark Matousek and Garrard Conley

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