Adja Yunkers (Russian, 1900–1983) was born in Riga, Russia and spent his childhood in Petrograd. At the age of twelve, fascinated with some reproductions of Cubist and contemporary paintings that he had seen reproduced in art journals and books in the library of an uncle, he decided to become an artist, and he soon enrolled in the Art Academy at Petrograd.
After leaving Russia, he lived in Berlin, Paris, and Stockholm and travelled extensively to Cuba. Yunkers studied printmaking in Germany with the German Expressionists after World War I, and in Stockholm he was involved with the Swedish Surrealists. Eventually he settled in New York, and was influenced by Abstract Expressionism. Yunkers is recognized as an American abstract painter and printmaker.
Yunkers' works are represented in over 80 national and international art institutions. His color prints have a lyrical and experimental quality that is inspirational and alive. From his first solo exhibition at the Maria Kunde Galerie in Hamburg in 1921 to a 1967 retrospective at the Brooklyn Museum that was devoted entirely to his prints, Adja Yunkers' place in art history as an eminent artist of the twentieth century is secure.