Manoucher Yektai (born December 22, 1921) is an Iranian American artist who belongs to the school of New York School Abstract Expressionist.
Born in Tehran, Iran, Yektai dropped out of the Fine Arts Faculty of Tehran University without obtaining degree. Between 1945 and 1947, he studied with Amédée Ozenfant in Paris, France, and later in New York City. From 1946 to 1947, he studied at the École des Beaux-Arts and at the Atelier of André Lhote in Paris, France. From 1947 to 1948, he studied at the Art Students League of New York in New York City with Robert Hale.
He has many works in American and European collections and museums, especially in the Museum of Modern Art of New York, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, SFMOMA, and in numerous private collections such as the Poindexter collection.
Yektai became a naturalized American citizen in 1959.
Selected solo exhibitions
- 1949: Woodstock, New York
- 1951, 1952, 1953: Grace Borgenicht Gallery, Inc., New York City
- 1956: American Associated Artists, NYC
- 1957, 1958, 1961, 1962, 1964: Poindexter Gallery, NYC
- 1959: Felix Landau Gallery Los Angeles, California
- 1960,1961, 1963, 1965: Semia Huber Gallery, Zürich, Switzerland
- 1962: Anderson Meyer Gallery, Paris; Feingarten Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
- 1961, 1962, 1964, 1970: Picadilly Gallery, London, England
- 1965, 1966, (67: Gertrude Kasle Gallery, Detroit, Michigan
- 1966. 1967, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1984, 1996: Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, New York
- 1977, 1978: Galerie Zand, Teheran, Iran
- 1981, 1984: Alex Rosenberg Gallery, NYC
- 1988: Paris - New York: Kent Fine Art, Kent, Connecticut
- Marika Herskovic, American Abstract Expressionism of the 1950s An Illustrated Survey, (New York School Press, 2003.) ISBN 0-9677994-1-4. p. 362-365
- Marika Herskovic, New York School Abstract Expressionists Artists Choice by Artists, (New York School Press, 2000.) ISBN 0-9677994-0-6. p. 31; p. 39; p. 382-385