Los Angeles artist Yolanda González and her Mexican/American family are celebrating 150 years of art-making at the Vincent Price Art Museum.
Opening November 16, Yolanda González: Sueño de Familia, Dream of Family is a celebration of Yolanda’s art practice and her family featuring: great-grandfather Juan Nepomuceno López (Mexico, b. 1860 – d. 1940), grandmother Margarita “Mague” López Ibarra (Mexico, b. 1906 – d. 1999), mother Yolanda “Yola” López González (Mexico, b. 1930), and niece Lauren Stacia González (USA, b. 1988).
(Above photo: Margarita López Ibarra bottom row, far left sitting and Juan Nepomuceno López bottom row, second from far-right sitting, 1927).
Dream of Family was inspired by Yolanda Gonzalez’s iconic series of Surrealistic portrait paintings, Sueños or Dreams. The Sueños painting series features strong autobiographical components addressing issues of feminism, Chicana points of inspiration, and metaphysical conditions.
Yolanda shares, “Art is transformational. Luckily for me, at an early age, I studied my great-grandfather’s artwork. They’re so beautiful, and it’s such an honor to have lived with these amazing drawings, especially since they were created in Mexico during the 1870s and still around.”
“My grandmother, Mague, was so inspirational to me too. Her passion for painting and entertaining really inspired me and contributed so much. I was lucky enough to have her visit me at my first art studio, where she really felt exactly what I felt…a genuine love and appreciation for art.”
“Yola,” Yolanda’s mom reconnected with ceramics after the unfortunate passing of her husband at the young age of 83. Working at her daughter’s Ma Art Space in Alhambra “Yola” rediscovered her love for art, “I always wanted to make art but was always focused on being a Mother and supporting my family at home.” Jokingly she shared, “I can’t make my work fast enough because everything I do sells!”
Yolanda’s niece Lauren Stacia González, visited her aunt’s studio at an early age and interacted with many established artists. Within Lauren’s practice, her work employs a graphic style that mixes fantasy, creature fusions, and the unearthly. No surprise, as her subjects are often inspired by Heavy Metal, counter culture and horror cinema.
Yolanda González herself is a prolific artist who has presented her art publicly at a very early on and dating back to the 1980s. Growing up, Yolanda has exposed to art thanks to her family, their art collection, her great grandmother, López Ibarra, and wonderful high school teacher. Collectively, they all nourished Yolanda’s creative spirit leading her to ArtCenter College of Design scholarship. During that time she also enriched her artistic capabilities at Self Help Graphics & Art working with many established artists.
Yolanda’s recognizable style soon caught the attention of Japanese officials. So much so, that she was invited to a art residency that launched a world art tour actively exhibiting painting and printmaking internationally. Thanks to her tireless dedication to the world of art, volunteerism, and Ma Art Space studio practice Yolanda continues her personal art exploration that includes: Suenos painting series or dream revelation paintings, ceramics, community leadership, and public art installation.
Yolanda González: Sueño de Familia, Dream of Family opens Saturday, November 16, 2019, and exhibits through March 14, 2020, at the Vincent Price Art Museum. Attendees will be welcomed to a curated collection of drawing, painting, printmaking, and ceramics created by five-family-members over 150 years. (RSVP for reception at VPAM here).
This just might be the very first multi-generational art exhibition shared between multiple generations of artists from one family. // by mark murphy //
An illustrated hard-cover exhibition catalog will be available in February 2020. Major support for the Yolanda González: Sueño de Familia, Dream of Family publication was provided by AltaMed, courtesy of Cástulo de la Rocha and Zoila D. Escobar. The exhibition catalog is currently in production and measure seven by nine inches, HC, 112 pages, and feature 134 illustrations and written contributions by Curator and museum director Pilar Tompkins Rivas, Latin American Art Research founder Jimmy Centeno, Karen Mary Davalos Professor and Chair of Chicano and Latino Studies at the University of Minnesota, and attorney and writer Guadalupe González. Catalog design by Mark Murphy of Murphy Design Inc.
Los Angeles artist Yolanda González’s artistic history dates back to 1877 in Mexico. Yolanda’s paintings, ceramics, and public art celebrate her love for people and their life stories. Her visual journey commemorates bold, culturally inspired narratives defined by both painting and sculpture. Yolanda Gonzalez also gives back to the community through teaching watercolor and ceramics classes at her studio Ma Art Space.