The Anatomy of an Image

8 March 2017 // 3-4:30PM
Cross-Cultural Center
The Cross-Cultural Center is located on the second floor of Price Center East. Look for the giant "CCC"!

Yolanda M. López is an American painter, printmaker, educator, and film producer based in the Mission District, San Francisco. She is known for her work that focuses on the experience of Mexican American women and often challenges ethnic stereotypes associated with them.

Ms. López is a third-generation Chicana and was raised by her mother and her maternal grandparents in Logan Heights, San Diego. After graduating from high school in Logan Heights, she moved to San Francisco and became involved in the student movement that shut down San Francisco State University in a 1968 strike called the “Third World Strike.” During the 1970s, López returned to San Diego and enrolled at San Diego State University in 1971, graduating in 1975 with a B.A. in painting and drawing. She enrolled at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), receiving a Master of Fine Arts in 1979.

Ms. López is internationally renowned for her Virgen de Guadalupe series of drawings, prints, collage, assemblage, and paintings that depict “ordinary” Mexican women with Guadalupan attributes. Ms. López has curated exhibitions, including “Cactus Hearts/Barb Wired Dreams,” which featured works of art concerning immigration to the United States and subsequently toured nationwide as part of an exhibition called “La Frontera/The Border: Art About the Mexico/United States Border Experience.” Ms. López has produced two films, Images of Mexicans in the Media and When You Think of Mexico, which challenge the way the mass media depicts Mexicans and other Latin Americans. She has taught art in studios and universities, including UCSD and the University of California, Berkeley. She also mentored high school youth who painted a mural in San Diego’s Chicano Park.

The vision of the Cross-Cultural Center (CCC) is to empower UC San Diego to recognize, challenge, and take proactive approaches to diversity for the campus and the San Diego community.

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Yolanda M. López is an UC San Diego Department of Visual Arts MFA Alumna. For more about her work, please visit:

Image is courtesy of Artist Yolanda M. López and the Cross-Cultural Center, UC San Diego.

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