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Yolanda Ramirez

Yolanda Ramirez (b. 1955) joined the Creativity Explored studio in 1990. About her artistic process, Ramirez remarks, “You make something that you make. I paint food because it’s good. I make the popcorn because why, it’s fresh. It’s hot popcorn fresh. I love to draw spinach because then I make spinach.”

Ramirez recently turned toward her needlework for subject matter. “I like to draw the belts, scarves, potholders, purse, and wallets because I knitted them. When I draw the scarf I put the color on. I have to pay attention to how many stitches are on the square. Put another color there, then another there, some more colors, some more colors, some more colors, some color. I like to put one color on at a time. I like to draw the pom-pom.” Yet, her figurative pieces range widely from food to undersea creatures, and encompass strange worlds populated by smiling lemons on wheels, mariachi bands, and forlorn mermaids with violins.

About her experiences as an artist, and what keeps her engaged and prolific, Ramirez states: “When I make art it makes me feel good because it’s just right.” 

Ramirez' work has been in over nineteen exhibitions at Creativity Explored. 

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Samples of Ramirez's work





Selected Exhibitions

2016
Shapeshifting, Creativity Explored Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Ripe, Creativity Explored Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2015
Here, There and Everywhere, Sheffer Gallery, Sydney, Australia

2014
Shoerageous, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
INK, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2013
SIDESHOW, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2012
Out of Order, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Fabulous, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2011
SMALL, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2010
Ritual/Habitual, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Spectrum, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2009
TV and Me, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Legend: Myth and Memory, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2008
INsects INsectos, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2007
Transmissions, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Shadowshine, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2004
Spirits and Saints, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
You Are Here, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Functionable, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Heads n' Tails, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2002
Women's Work, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA