Yaffa Chaya is an artist working and living in NYC. She attended the University of Connecticut for her undergraduate degree, then earned her Master's in Writing from the National University of Ireland, Galway through the Mitchell Scholarship. While in Ireland, Yaffa interned for Art for Amnesty. She then spent some time working in Israel, where she began to go by her Hebrew name, Yaffa Chaya. Now in NYC permanently, she currently works as a fashion illustrator for various live events companies, publications, and distributors. She shows her work primarily in NYC. Yaffa can most frequently be found working in her Upper West Side studio, where she is currently taking up fashion embroidery.
The Lolo Collective was named after Yaffa's great aunt Eleanor (Lolo for short), who always said she would never marry if she could not find a man she loved as much as she loved Paris (and she never did). In that spirit, The Lolo Collective seeks to never settle for anything "less than", and to maintain an inherited free spirit of expression through the collective generations. Yaffa Chaya translates to "beautiful life", which follows a similar sentiment.
2021 | City Artist Corps - Grant
         | Pancakes & Booze Underground - Group art show
         | Artists & Fleas Wiliamsburg, NYC - Popup + Live drawing
         | Absurds Market Bushwick - Popup
         | Park Slope "We're Still Here" Arts Gowanus - Popup
         | MIKA Bushwick - Popup
         | Brooklyn Artery - Wholesale vendor
2020 | The Grand Bazaar, NYC - Popup
2019 | Estée Lauder - Live drawing
2019 | Barneys flagship store x HBO - Live drawing
2018 | Salomon Arts Gallery / Artist for World Peace - Group show
2016 | Backyard Mythologies | 3fe, Dublin | Solo show to benefit Childline
2015 | Mitchell Scholarship - Fully funded graduate degree