The work seen upon close inspection is often completely abstract; undulating with textural and temperature variations. Seen at a distance, however, the images crystallize in the mind's eye and are brought to life by the viewer. It is this experience of viewing Yankell's work that makes one realize that the artist is engaging us in the depths of a visual language.
Yankell was trained in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the University of Pennsylvania and the Frudakis Sculpture Academy. He also studied art history at Temple University in Italy. He currently lives with his wife and two daughters in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania.
His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries internationally and is recognized for his unique and progressive style.