LOCATIONS: NYC MFA Show Artist Talk, with Andrea Bass, Dana Robinson – Sunday, October 21st, 2:30 PM

Locations Artist Talks Sun 1021

NYC MFA Exhibition

Artist Talks
Sunday Oct 21st 2:30pm

Special Guest Artists:
Susana Valera Read – CUNY Lehman College
Deborah Yasinsky – CUNY Lehman College

Susana Valera Read
CUNY – Lehman College 

Susana Valera Read (Susana Valera-Pukit) is a visual artist from the Dominican Republic currently living and working in Westchester, New York.  Her work explores themes of memory, space and time drawing inspiration from personal experiences, architecture, and the city in which she lives.  She uses various painting processes and printmaking techniques to portray contemporary urban landscapes that combine figuration and abstraction.

Susana attended Altos de Chavon School of Design, an affiliate of Parsons –The New School where she obtained an AAS before moving to the States in 1992.   She holds a BFA in Illustration from Parsons –The New School, and is currently an MFA student at Lehman College.

Susana briefly worked as an Editorial Illustrator in the Dominican Republic, and more extensively as a Graphic Designer in New York until 2006 when she decided to concentrate on her art and began to work as a teaching Artist.  She has recently started to exhibit her work at local galleries in Westchester County.


Deborah Yasinsky
CUNY – Lehman College

Deborah Yasinsky is a Bronx based artist. Her work explores issues of childhood, memory, nostalgia, vulnerability, and environmentalism. Deborah explores relationships, childhood and parenting. The work forms a visual liturgy, representing the hopes and fears a parent has for their child. The fragility and vulnerability of a child’s existence and the celebratory nature of parenting are intertwined in her work. She utilizes recycled non-traditional materials, including fabrics referencing her early training in textile design. Her video animations are narratives of childhood, often replaying fragmented memories and experiences. The figure is often set in nature amidst flora and fauna, reminiscent of her own childhood exploring Inwood, NYC, it’s parks, the Hudson River and public spaces of the region. Inspired by medieval manuscripts, and Victorian motifs and symbolism. Deborah incorporates painting, drawing, assemblage, and animation into her practice.

Deborah grew up in NYC.  She received her BA in Fine Arts, from YU an AAS in Textile Design from FIT, an MS, Ed in Museum Education from Bank Street College and is currently an MFA in painting candidate at Lehman College, CUNY. Deborah has exhibited at Dominican University, Local Project Art Space, Trestle Online Gallery, Greenpoint Gallery, 14th Street Y Gallery, Urban Studio Unbound, Blue Door Gallery, Pubic Appliance, YAW, Purchase College PC4, and YoHo Artists. Deborah lives and works in the Bronx. She is Curator of Education at Lehman College Art Gallery.

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