Kira Yustak was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania on January 7, 1969. She began painting at a very early age, studying art weekly with a local artist, and she began creating artworks on canvas at the age of seven years old. While growing up in Pennsylvania, she was greatly influenced by her grandmother who was an antique dealer, her uncle who was a professional wildlife photographer, and her imaginative and highly creative mother who was always making crafts and designing interiors. These visual influences would remain important to her throughout her life, shaping her creativity to this day.
In 1986 she moved to NYC to pursue her art career and completed her B.F.A. from Pratt Institute in 1990, and her M.F.A. from Hunter College in 1994, majoring in painting. She has since exhibited her work in many group and solo shows in NYC and throughout the East Coast. Her work has many varying themes which include her relationship to nature, childhood memories, influences of pop culture, dreams, and psychology. Her style can best be described as a type of comic realism, combined with surrealism and folk art.