Karen Yurkovich is a painter whose lush and fragile botanical imagery tells an underlying story of human intervention. Her evocative paintings of fruiting, flowering, pruned and hybridized branches and other natural forms shows us how nature can triumph, vanish, or transform in similar ways to our constructed cultures. Yurkovich is both scientist and poet in the way she approaches her paintings. We can read these beautiful works as a warning or gift of insight: the way in which species can adjust, overwhelmed, thrive or collapse is all a way to understand our own values and actions.

Yurkovich was inaugural director of and professor in the MFA Studio Arts program at SACI, Florence, 2013-16, and continues to teach at Emily Carr University and La Salle College in Vancouver. Her work can be found in both private and public collections including the Bill Gates Foundation, Unicredit Bank, Italy, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and the Cy and Lissa Wagner Collection, Texas.


BC Moment

Oil on canvas
48” x 40”


PC 10

Oil on canvas
20” x 20”


PC 8

Oil on canvas
20” x 20”


PC 7

Oil on canvas
20” x 20”


PC 6

Oil on canvas
20” x 20”


PC 4

Oil on canvas
20” x 20”


PC 2

Oil on canvas
20” x 20”


Slots 2

Oil on linen
47.5” x 31.5”


Slots 1

Oil on linen
36” x 10”


Master of Fine Arts, 1990, Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1987, University of Alberta, Canada


2019 to Present
Instructor, Continuing Studies, Emily Carr University, Langara College, Vancouver, and LaSalle
College, Vancouver
Director of and Professor in the MFA in Studio Arts program, also Head of Graduate Studies, Studio Art
Centers International, Florence, Italy
Instructor, Emily Carr University of Art and Design


2019 Su Bixinau, IVYnode residency, Nurri, Sardegna, June
2017 Archeologia Arborea, Lerchi, Italy, June
2012 – 2014 Beaty Museum for Biodiversity, Vancouver, BC

Solo Exhibitions and Projects

2019 Alchemical Kitchen, Su Bixinau, Monastery of Santa Rosa, Nurri, Sardegna, IVYnode residency, June Doctrine of Signatures, exhibition and lecture on practice at the Canadian Association for Food Studies conference, June, University of BC, Vancouver
2018 Functionally Extinct, SouthMain Gallery, Vancouver, September
Natives and Immigrants, Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle, January
2017 Installation in the tepidarium, Horticulture Gardens, Florence, Italy
Project with Archeologia Arborea, biodiversity foundation in Italy, June
2014 Herbarium Project, Beaty Biodiversity Museum, UBC, Vancouver, May to September
Turning Landscapes, Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle, May
2013 Project with UBC Botanical Garden and Apple Festival, October
Cultural Biodiversity Projects, SACI Gallery, Florence, Italy, November
2012 New Paintings, Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle, USA, October
Working In Nature, project with UBC Farm and Beaty Biodiversity Museum, UBC,
see blog post 10/01/2012: http://www.beatymuseum.ubc.ca/blog
Morphology, Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto, March
2011 A Concept of Cloud, Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, May
2009 Karen Yurkovich, Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle, October
2008 Project for Vantage Art projects, photographic edition, Worm Hole, Vancouver
Clear Skies, Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, October
Last Garden, Galleria Della Pina, Pietrasanta, Italy, August
Magic Nature, SACI Gallery, Florence, March
2007 Daylight, Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, NovemberCool Fields, Agnes Bugera Gallery, Edmonton, May
The Forgotten Pears, episode of Recreating Eden, on Vision TV, shown in February 2007
Cover for The Pear Orchard, by Joanne Weber, Hagios Press, Canada, 2007
2006 Fiori di Montagna, the dark side of Nature, Studio d’Arte Raffaelli, Trento, Italy, December
Nature Walk, Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto, November
Bio-D, Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, July
Apple, Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle, July

Selected Group Shows and Projects

2019 Manuale di Ultrabotanica, Atelier Dimensione Verde, curated by Sergio Tossi, Florence, Italy
2018 Arboreal Archeology, Palazzo della Penna, Perugia, November, with Isabella dalla Ragione
Extracted Landscapes, Bugera Matheson Gallery, group exhibition, August
2015 Brain Storms: UAlberta Creates, University of Alberta Museums, Edmonton
The Teacher and the Student, project/installation with Walker Keith Jernigan on the relationship
student/teacher, Florence, Italy
2011 Terra, Berchidda, Italy, curated by Gianella Demuro e Antonello Fresu, catalogue
2009 Artificio e Natura, GalleriaArmoryArte, Perugia, Italy, curated by Loredana Parmesani and Carla
Berioli, catalogue
2008 Il vaso di Pandora, GalleriaArmoryArte, Perugia, Italy, curated by Valerio Dehò, catalogue
2007 ArtCover, Rocca dei Bentivoglio, Bazzano, Italy, curated by Valerio Dehò
SACI Faculty Exhibition, L’Albero Celeste Art Gallery, San Gimignano, Italy, December
2006 Diverse Nature, with Isabella dalla Ragione, fp architetti, Milano, Italy
SACI Faculty Exhibition, August 2006 to May 2007, selected US Universities, catalogue
2005 Vanitas, Studio d’Arte Raffaelli, Trento, Italy, catalogue
Artisti Stranieri in Umbria, Corciano, Chiesa di San Francesco, curated by Massimo Duranti, catalogue

Curatorial Projects

2016 U-Turn, with curator Daria Filardo, SACI MFA final exhibition, Biagiotti Arte Contemporanea,
2015 Long Distance, with curator Daria Filardo, SACI MFA final exhibition, Florence
2014 Within Alterity: a collection, a population a territory, co-curated with Daria Filardo, MAEC
museum, Cortona, Italy, April to July

Books and Catalogues

Functionally Extinct, catalogue, SouthMain Gallery, Vancouver, critical text by Daria Filardo, 2019
The Herbarium Project, catalogue with the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, Vancouver, 2014
Terra, curated by Gianella Demuro e A. Fresu, Edizioni Time in Jazz, Berchidda, Italy, 2011
Artificio e Natura, curated by Loredana Permesani, catalogue, GalleriaArmoryArte, Perugia, 2009
Il vaso di Pandora, curated by Valerio Deho’, catalogue, GalleriaArmoryArte, Perugia, 2008
L’arte nel bicchiere, la collezione d’arte moderna Di Franco, Cortina, 2009 and 2007
Fiori di Montagna, the dark side of Nature, catalogue, Studio d’Arte Raffaelli, Trento, Italy, 2006

Selected Collections

Bill Gates Foundation, Seattle
Unicredit Bank, Italy
Collection Lissa and Cy Wagner, Midland, Texas
Halle Barry, Hollywood
Erregerre Industries, Bergamo, Italy
Elica, Fabriano, Italy
Emaar Properties, Dubai, UAE
Intercept Pharmaceuticals, New York
Schweighofer Holzindustrie, Vienna, Austria
Collection Francesco Casoli, Serra San Quirico, Italy
Collection Di Franco, Alto-Adige, Italy
Washington First Bank, Seattle
Nordstroms, Seattle
Dorothy Ames Design, Toronto
Deloitte Touche, Seattle
Port of Tacoma, Tacoma, Washington
MillerThompson, Edmonton
Bio-Tech, Munich, Germany
Renaissance Wines, Vancouver and Calgary
Delta Hotels, Vancouver
Swedish Hospital, Seattle
Seymour Collection, Vancouver
Artemis Marketing Group, Vancouver
Alberta Foundation for the Arts
University of Alberta
Shaw Cable, Calgary and Victoria
David Zacharko Architect, Vancouver
Zacharko Design Partnership, Vancouver
The Lazy Gourmet Restaurant, Vancouver
Kyle Loranger Design, Edmonton
Zymogenetics Corporation, Seattle