Yvette Kaiser Smith

Yvette Kaiser Smith

Chicago, IL, United States

About Yvette Kaiser Smith

Born in Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1958, I now live and work in Chicago. A full-time artist since receiving my 1994 MFA from the University of Chicago.

I am an artist who uses numbers. I create wall-based geometric abstractions, where numbers are the direct source of abstraction. I invent systems for visualizing numerical values of sequences from the numbers pi and e, and Pascal’s Triangle. Values of digits create the structural foundation.

I spent over 20 years creating large works, based on identity narratives, by crocheting fiberglass that was formed by adding polyester resin, a labor-intensive process that engaged my hands at every stage. Number sequences entered my work as part of an expanding identity dialogue. In 2016, I began developing a body of wall-based works, using laser-cut acrylic sheets separated by vinyl spacers.
All the 2016, 2017, and 2018 work with acrylic sheet was designed in Photoshop, plotted in Illustrator, was created almost entirely on a laser cutter, and was purely driven by the math. The laser cut work has almost completely removed my hand or the sense of my hand from the final product. I started to explore different ways to directly engage the material with my hand, to make my hand visible in the work, and bring identity dialogues back into the work.

In summer of 2019 during my ARV.I residency in Vishovgrad, a village in central Bulgaria, math mapping systems and forms were influenced by my experience of nearby Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria’s historical capital. I continue my exploration of creating geometric expressions based on numerical values and combining acrylic sheet with various manual techniques. During COVID-19 closures, with no access to the maker space where I use a laser cutter, I began using hand tools and materials left over from previous projects. At first by combining scrap acrylic pieces with paper bags and embroidery. Currently, I am exploring various relationships between acrylic scraps, industrial felt, and stitching.



MFA, University of Chicago, IL
BFA, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
Yale Summer School of Art, Norfolk, CT


October 30 - December 27, 2020
Moving Forward in a time of Change: Our New Relationship to the World We Live In - a Chicago Sculpture International juried member exhibition
Curated by Adrienne Kochman
Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art
2320 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

November 28, 2020 - February 22, 2021
Inaugural Exhibition at Springboard Arts Chicago
1910 W. North Ave. Chicago, IL 60622

January 16 - February 14, 2021
Evanston + Vicinity Biennial
Evanston Art Center
1717 Central St, Evanston, IL 60201
Opening weekend: Saturday, January 16 & Sunday, January 17

February 13 - March 15, 2023
Showing with Toby Zallman and Deanna Krueger
Christopher Gallery - Prairie State College
202 S. Halsted St., Chicago Heights, IL 60411
Opening reception: Tuesday, February 14, 2023, 11:30 am - 2 pm



Ge∙o∙met∙rics, One River School of Art + Design,
Chicago, IL

Walking VT: Notes in Geometric Responses, Gallery Heerz Tooya, Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria

On seeing: one point, Ignition Project Space, Chicago, IL

OH Art Foundation, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, IL

Variable Expressions of a Constant, The SXU Gallery, St. Xavier University, Chicago, IL


Illuminate, Inaugural Exhibition, Springboard Arts Chicago, Chicago, IL
Moving Forward in a time of Change: Our New Relationship to the World We Live In, Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, IL
Art for Life & DIFFA Exhibition & Auction, 33 Contemporary Gallery, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, IL
Visual Impressions, Ryan James Fine Arts, Kirkland, WA
Chicago: Selection from the Permanent Collection, Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, IL
Process and Material, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL
CSI 20 20, Visual Arts Gallery, Governor State University, University Park, IL
REDUCTION, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
Threads of Truth – Social Impact and Fiber Arts, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, IL

Constructed Visions, Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago, IL
BRIDGES LINZ 2019, Mathematical Art Exhibition, Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria
Nibble, Ignition Project Space, Chicago, IL

Borders, Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, IL
Bridges: Mathematical Art Exhibition, Tekniska – National Museum of Science and Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
Three Dimensional Exhibition, Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago, IL
Pages, Blink Contemporary Art, Michigan City, IN
Interwoven, Marta Hewett Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
The Shape of Air, Contemporary Art Center, Peoria, IL
JMM Exhibition of Mathematical Art, San Diego Convention Center, CA

Illinois Regional Showcase, MANIFEST Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
Skin & Bones - Chicago Sculpture International Exhibition, Noyes Cultural Arts Center, Evanston, IL
The Silk Road and World's Civilizations - 7th Beijing International Art Biennale, National Art Museum of China, Beijing
Visible·Invisible·Divisible, Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago, IL
InterAction, Christopher Art Gallery, Prairie State College, Chicago Heights, IL
The Nth Degree, Foundry Art Centre, St. Charles, MO
Art for Life & DIFFA Chicago Exhibition & Auction, Venue One, Chicago, IL
5th Annual Art Competition, Bridgeport Art center, Chicago, IL
Small But Mighty, Christopher Art Gallery, Prairie State College, Chicago Heights, IL