Born in Riga, Latvia in 1900, Adja Yunkers studied art in Leningrad, Berlin, Paris and London. In 1939, at the onset of World War II, he moved to Stockholm, Sweden where he edited and published the arts magazines, “ARS” and “Creation”.
In 1947, Yunkers settled in the United States and in the years that followed, exhibitions of his woodcuts, lithographs and paintings were held at the Smithsonian Institute, the Corcoran Gallery, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Prior to 1960, most of Yunkers graphic works were in the medium of color woodcut. In the 1950s he had established himself as a leader of the American woodcut, with the likes of Louis Shanker and Seong Moy. Yunkers infused painterly conceptions into his woodcuts, concentrating on large compositions with complex color printings.
After 1960, Yunkers began experimenting in lithography, making two of his finest series of lithographs, “Salt” (five lithographs) and “Skies of Venice” (ten lithographs) at the Tamarind Lithography Workshop. During this period Yunkers worked closely with the Tamarind master printer, Bohuslav Horak.