With the aid of Google translation and my high school Spanish, here’s a La Prensa story about Bridgeport artist Yolanda Vasquez Petrocelli who is in Honduras as an art envoy:
Tegucigalpa, Honduras — As part of the Cultural Envoy Program of the Department of State, artist Yolanda Petrocelli will participate as a juror in the XXII Biennial of Painting IHCI 2010.
During her visit, Petrocelli will give a workshop for students and the faculty of the School of Fine Arts, sharing skills and knowledge acquired throughout her career.
In addition, on July 8 there will be a conference at the Cultural Hall Clementina Suarez at 7:00 p.m, where the artist will use this opportunity to present the latest trends in American art to the general public and art students. On July 13 she will give a lecture on art exhibition CEUTEC The Founding Fathers.
Yolanda Vasquez Petrocelli was born in Coyoacan, Mexico City, and from a young age was following in the footsteps of her family in choosing a career. Starting her studies at the Academia de San Carlos in Mexico, she then moved on to the University of the Americas, where his painting teacher was Joy Laville, the English-born artist.
Petrocelli finished her studies at the University of Texas at Austin, studying photography with Gary Winogrand and Lee Chesney. At first she followed her mentor Gary Winogrand as a photo documentarian, but in 1995 she started her own work with their participation in the exhibition “The Impact of Two Worlds,” commemorating the 500th anniversary of the discovery of America.
Petrocelli currently resides in Bridgeport, Connecticut, where she has had the opportunity to present their works in various solo exhibitions such as “Conversations with myself and others” in 2008. Her last solo exhibition was in 2009 under the title “Yolanda Vasquez Petrocelli: 30 years of self” at Norwalk Community College.
She has participated in several exhibitions with topics related to her cultural background, such as “Roots Transplantation,” “In Cultural Identity”, “Spirituality in Contemporary Latin American Art”, “Mexico: Yesterday and Today,” “South Border,” “National Latino Artists,” among others. In addition to his academic training, Petrocelli has participated in a variety of conferences and workshops at universities such as Fairfield, Texas A & M and Yale, while also affiliated professionally at the Mattatuck Museum and the Smithsonian.
Petrocelli outlined her Mexican roots in each of her works, mostly featuring women proud, through the use of vibrant and striking colors. On several occasions, she uses her own portrait to expose a variety of feelings.