Yashua Klos was struck when he saw his first Charles White woodblock print at the Southside Community Art Center. To Klos, White had “rendered a humanity that had presence and durability,” and in that vein, Klos has also poetically depicted portraits in masculinity and blackness directly from the neighborhood he grew up in. He crafts his own woodblock prints and wood sculptures; plus, he’s devised his own method of collage. Instead of piecing a work together through readymade materials, he creates swaths of various textures and patterns, all intricately detailed, through his own carved woodblock prints to create monumental (literally larger-than-life-sized) pieces to explore notions of what it means to be a black and male in Chicago and America at large.


Klos hails from the Southside of Chicago, but currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from Hunter College, where he completed his MFA and has also previously… 


completed studies at L’Atelier NeoMedici and Northern Illinois University. He has also taken up residencies at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts,, the Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He is currently represented by Tilton Gallery and has shown extensively from a solo exhibition at Galerie Anne de Villepoix, to The Studio Museum, and Deitch Projects, among others.

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