Artist Reception: Yolanda Romero
The Female Gaze
March 1 – April 29, 2012
Studied at great lengths, the female form is a common subject in art due to is variety of beautiful and elegant shapes. Local artist, Yolanda Romero interjects a feminine sensibility to her paintings of female nudes that the male gaze tends to ignore. Romero saw the female body, “as intrinsically beautiful; static or moving, its color, its expression, its position and light presented a big challenge for me.” She took the challenge head on and for seven years dedicated herself to meet weekly at Andres Zapata’s studio in Bonita, CA. There she not only furthered her traditional oil painting techniques, but created a special time in her life surrounded by artists with common interests. She and her artwork flourished. These paintings and time became the foundation for her exploration of Mexican traditions through her art. Here on display the viewer can enjoy the diversity of Romero’s work as it moves from traditional still-life and nudes to original contemporary concepts of feminism and culture.
Yolanda Romero was born in Mexico City and moved to the U.S. in 1989.
At an early age she was motivated by Mexican watercolor artists
Edgardo Coghlan and Juan Moysen to pursue painting. Since, painting
has become her life project and has created a diverse body of work
from murals to commissioned watercolors. Romero has participated in
numerous exhibits in both the United States and Mexico. She is
actively involved in supporting other artists as a member of the House
of Mexico’s Art Committee in Balboa Park.
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