- BIOGRAPHY -
William Michael Yenkevich paints in the Traditional Realist Style using the academic approach of the Old Masters of the 15th thru 19th centuries.
Residing in Hazleton, PA, he attended the Columbus College of Art &
Design in Columbus, Ohio majoring in Illustration in 1973. He is self-taught in the traditional realist style. Since 1975 he’s been doing Independent Study and research on Old Master Painting,
Drawing Techniques, and Fine Art Restoration. He is one of those rare talented individuals who are entirely self-taught. Like a singer born with
perfect pitch, he is gifted with an innate understanding of form, color, design, perspective, and proportion. His ability to then translate his perceptions, utilizing the visual language of classical
painting, is flawless. Light is his muse and the Old Masters no doubt his inspiration. With his meticulously crafted form with highlights and shadows, he illuminates each painting with his use of
optical grays and subtle glazes. There are a certain intimacy and pastoral ease in Yenkevich's paintings. For in his world he promotes order, clarity, pureness, perfection, and
His paintings and drawings have been exhibited in many solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the United States and abroad, including the
2015-2016 Masterworks From The International Guild Of Realism National Traveling Exhibition, the 2007-2010 The New Realism: Art In The 21st Century International Traveling Exhibition Guild Of Realism, Audubon Artists National Exhibition at the Federal Building in New York City; The Salmagundi Club in New York City; The American Artist’s Professional League in New York City; The American Artist Gallery in Wayne, PA and Santa Fe, New Mexico; The Morgan Gallery of Fine Art in Blakeslee, PA; the Louisa Melrose Gallery in Frenchtown, NJ; the Afa Gallery in Scranton; the Carroll Siple Gallery in Denver, Colorado; College Misericordia in Dallas, PA; the Scanticon/Princeton Convention Center; Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, PA; Reading Public Museum in Reading, PA; and the Pennsylvania State University/Hazleton Campus in Hazleton, PA.
In addition, his work is in many private, public, and corporate collections, including
Pennsylvania State University/Hazleton Campus, Sargent Art Corp., in Hazleton, PA., Markle Gallery of the Hazleton Art League in Hazleton, PA. and College Misericordia in Dallas, PA.
Mr. Yenkevich is the recipient of numerous awards and honors such as the 2015 Helen DeCozen Award (84th AAPL Grand National Exhibition), Allied Artists of America Award (83rd AAPL Grand National Exhibition), Frank C. Wright Jr. Medal of Honor (79th AAPL Grand National Exhibition) and the Silver Medal of Honor (Audubon Artists National Exhibition) as well as a Finalist Winner in American Art Magazine, Artist Magazine, Manhatten Arts International Magazine, and Art Crowd Magazine Art Competitions.
Mr. Yenkevich has been also featured in many National and International publications
such as The Art Market International Art Magazine Issue#55-January 2021, Best of Worldwide Still Life Artists, American Artist Magazine, Artist Magazine, International Artist Magazine, Art Crowd
Magazine, The Collector’s Issue; The Still Life - American Artist, Manhatten Arts International Magazine and a book authored by M. Steven Doherty editor-in-chief of American Artist Magazine entitled
“Creative Oil Painting”.
He is a member of the following professional organizations;
(Maxima Cum Laude Member) (Fellow Member) NYC;
The International Guild Of Realism
Allied Artists Of America
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC
William Michael Yenkevich is represented by
WMY Studio, Hazleton, PA.