Adja Yunkers

Юнкерс, Аджа

Graphic artist

Born Riga, 15 July 1900

Died New York, 24 December 1983


Adzha Yunkers, born Adolf Junkers studied art in Petrograd but his schooling was interrupted by military service in the Russian army. Yunkers soon left Russia for Europe and traveled extensively for the next two decades. In 1936 he moved to Spain to fight in its civil war. When the war ended in 1939, he moved to Stockholm and began to focus on art making again. He developed a strong interest in printmaking, and in the 1940s he made many woodblock prints depicting distorted objects and figural compositions. In 1947, Yunkers moved to New York and began to teach at the New School for Social Research.