After receiving her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1979, Yolanda Sánchez returned to school, obtaining a Bachelor in Fine Arts degree from FIU, followed by a Master in Fine Arts from Yale University in painting. Yolanda is a Fulbright scholar, completing her fellowship as a painter in Spain after she graduated from Yale. Her Fulbright project focused on four Spanish painters: El Greco, Goya, Miró and the abstract painter, Tàpies.
Yolanda Sánchez is a prominent figure in the Miami Dade art community. She has created and now manages the Fine Arts and Cultural Affairs division of the Miami-Dade Aviation Department, and also oversees the art program at Miami International Airport (MIA), which includes MIA Galleries, the Children’s Art Program, continuing temporary exhibitions, and collaborations with cultural groups and business partners. In addition, she acts as liaison and serves on the Professional Advisory Committee for the Miami Dade Art in Public Places program.
Yolanda now lives and works in Miami Beach. She is highly influenced by color, texture and light as she studies the natural landscape. Rather than painting exactly what she sees, she depicts a felt experience, a memory of or desire for the experience. Her paintings reference the physical world, literature and focus mainly on poetry, dance, calligraphy and Asian art. She hopes to engage the viewer in a sensory experience and to cause the viewer to seek a deeper meaning of the present. She has exhibited in numerous venues and her work is part of public collections at the Graham University Center at FIU, The Art Museum at FIU, and the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale.
View a few of Yolanda’s paintings