American artist Hannah Yata works with the techniques and materials of the old masters. Her psychedelic wonderlands are whimsical and playful at first but at second glance they burst with resonance and symbolism creating an atmosphere that is both playful and devouring.
Hannah Yata is half Japanese and half American. She was born in 1989 Douglasville, GA, where she began her artistic career at the early age of 11. In 2012, she received a BFA in drawing and painting from the University of Georgia. Raised by a very devout family, religious imagery saturated her early life. Excommunication followed when she became a young adult. This sudden transition awakened an insatiable desire to discover the world through new eyes.
Hannah’s paintings have become her own story about witnessing a coming of age for women, spirituality, and ecological revolution. Confrontational yet inviting, her figures and nature-based psychedelic language are a trip to inspire the viewer to see the world through new eyes. Hannah plays with the mythos and the female form as an extension to nature. She references the story of creation and questions the reality or surreality of the stories that shape our world. Deeply inspired by Paleolithic and Neolithic art, she weaves these motifs and symbols into her work to celebrate the cycles of nature and pagan imagery that have been demonized by society. As our civilization progresses toward an ever-industrialized world, her work is full of nostalgic reverence and admiration to the world that gave us life.
Artwork Themes & Subject Matter
Hannah uses human and animal hybrid figures to explore ideas such as the nature of the universe, the origins of religion, spirituality, ecological revolution, and the significance of the feminine in our consciousness.
Her paintings have been published in notable magazines and online sources including Juxtapoz, Beautiful Bizarre Magazine, The Invisible College, Tat2 Magazine, Hey! Magazine, and Blisss Magazine; and books including The Encyclopedia of Fernal Affairs, Dark and Fetish Art, Women of Visionary Art, Suggestivism.