Yolanda M. Lopez
Yolanda M. López (born 1942 in San Diego, California) is a American painter, printmaker, and film producer known for her work concerning the experiences of Mexican-American women and the subversion of stereotypes that are imposed onto them. López’s artwork is greatly informed by her cultural heritage as a third generation Chicana. Her grandparents faced many challenges while migrating from Mexico to the United States, including avoiding gunfire from the Texas Rangers while crossing the Río Bravo river by boat. Of her most notable works, Woman’s Work is Never Done (1995), López calls our attention to the invisibility of immigrant women as domestic workers.
After graduating high school, López moved to San Francisco to attend San Francisco State University where she became involved in the student movement known as the Third World Liberation Front, which shut down the State University campus in a 1968 strike. It was at this time that López became active in the arts. In the 1970s, López returned to San Diego where she went on to earn her MFA from the University of California San Diego in 1979. During her time there, López was encouraged by her professors Martha Rosler and Allan Sekula to develop an artistic practice that centered around social, political, and educational impact.
López has since returned to San Francisco, working tirelessly to call attention to the issues of gentrification and cultural heritage in the city’s Mission District, and working as a community artist and muralist in the group Los Siete de la Raza.