Hannah Faith Yata is half Japanese and was born and raised in a small town in Georgia.
She grew up with a deep love of nature and animals passed down by the beautiful surroundings in the country and her mother.
As a young adult, she studied feminism, psychology, and art in college. Graduating with a BFA in painting from the University of Georgia in 2012 where she thereafter moved to New York to be an artist. In 2015, she was commissioned to do several works of art for musician B.o.B where she quit her full-time job to focus solely on her own painting. Now married to fellow artist, Jean Pierre Arboleda, the two painters work passionately to call attention to industry, its effects on our psyche and the living world around us.
In her paintings, Yata seeks to interweave the parallels of the unconscious with the struggle of the natural environment and how it relates to views regarding the body of the woman and that of nature. The extreme physicality of the feminine is a meditation on the materiality of nature and the need to protect our earth. Seeking to tie in the threads of the sublime, Yata works to evoke the emotion that connects us to our soul and the world around us. Her use of masks examines the spirit of nature and reflects on speaking to something ritualistic, animalistic, otherworldly, and spiritual. Motifs and natural patterns are used on the bodies celebrating the feeling of energy and wildness. The surreal and psychedelic landscapes of her work erupt with tension and beauty, the grotesque and the wild, to form exhilarating and mind altering dreamscapes.
1989 Born in United States, Georgia
2012 University of Georgia (BFA in Painting)