George Yepes: Short Biography
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Marc B. Haefele, Writer
"When it comes to sheer touch that combines beautiful control over line and brushwork, yet seemingly spontaneous expression, George Yepes is among the best. His darkly romantic excess can't help but make you think he would have been Dante Gabriel Rossetti's (1828 - 1882, London, England), equal among the Pre-Raphaelites. But these saints and sinners are hardly a throwback. Yepes' painting has a visual density and suggestiveness that is as
tantalizing to the intellect as it is arresting for the eye".
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"Yepes was a child when he first encountered his muse in the form of a statue of 'La Virgen Dolorosa' at the Catholic church his family attended in East Los Angeles. Carved out of wood, the Madonna with a heart skewered by daggers looked exquisitely lovely in her anguish to the 4-year-old boy kneeling before her."
Elda Silva, Staff Writer
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San Antonio, Texas
Axis Bold as Love
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
"On the opposing side of the spectrum, however, sits the serenely beautiful portraits of George Yepes. Yepes' "Axis Bold as Love," reminiscent of Gustav Klimt's "Dane," is a prime example of his art nouveau-inspired strokes and brilliant color in his delicately sensuous portrayals of women, a popular theme in Nouveau."
Sarah Wilkins, Senior Staff Writer
'Axis Bold as Love' is a major addition to Yepes' cult of the Madonna. This is Yepes' re-imagination of the sacred at its best, for which he is studied by scholars. Yepes describes this as a portrait of his 'Axis Mundi' - Courtney Reid - the Center of the Cosmos. Named after the Jimi Hendrix song to which Yepes painted this piece, the image is derived from Yepes' earliest impression of the beauty, Our Lady of Soledad de East Los Angeles. La Soledad is the Madonna after the burial of Christ. She is alone, in nature (the wild), in a storm (from within) of agony and ecstasy, before the Resurrection (in the threshold). Having come full circle, (from the nature goddess - to the idolatry of church - to the woman) this Madonna calls to mind the naturalistic Madonnas by Leonardo da Vinci 1452-1519 and Sandro Botticelli 1415-1510: close, human, mortal, yet divine.
"Like Jacopo Robusti Tintoretto (1518 - 1594, Venice, Italy), George Yepes has the ability to pull down from heaven the designs which God has for humans and paint them so people can discover through the paintings what they
are deaf to in words".
Dr. David Carrasco, Professor - Historian of Religions
Editor-in-Chief, Oxford Encyclopedia of Mesoamerican Cultures
Director, Moses Mesoamerican Archive and Research Project
Neil L. Rudenstine Professor of the Study of Latin America
Divinity School - Harvard University
In 1992, the Academia de Arte Yepes was founded by George Yepes, as the First Free Mural Art Academy in Los Angeles. Since 1992, the Academia de Arte Yepes has provided free High-Standards-Based Interdisciplinary Fine Arts Masters courses in Painting for Elementary, High School, and College students.
Since 1992, (with no funding) George Yepes, the sole teacher, has taught over 2,000 students (for free) from the low-income neighborhoods of Chicago, San Antonio, and East Los Angeles. In 1993, the National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) set goals for scientists and engineers to reach out to students nationwide to generate renewed interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and to cultivate and inspire the next generation of explorers. Concurrently in 1993, with their shared talents and disciplines, George Yepes and the Academia de Arte Yepes students, in partnership with NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), and the Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (ASI), began a fourteen-year series of projects, and implemented the first National Educational Model titled "The Marriage of Art, Science, and Technology". In doing so, George Yepes was able to unite some of the most brilliant people in the world to reach into the East Los Angeles community and inspire students to further NASA's goal of "elevating the intellectual base of mankind".
Also in 2013, George Yepes completed the commissioned Izel Interior Mural/Paintings for the new, Five Star, Canrad Hilton Hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emerites. The Conrad Dubai is scheduled for Grand Opening in the Fall of 2013. George Yepes produced the Izel Artworks in conjunction with three Dubai Architectural Firms: Fino International LLC; Wa International LLC; and DEPA Interiors LLC.
Rudi Jagersbacher, area president, Middle East and Africa, Hilton Worldwide said:
"I am delighted that we have introduced Conrad's attractive style and service to this new market as Hilton
Worldwide continues to expand our presence in the city. Conrad Dubai will cater to the needs of the ever
increasing number of global, affluent travellers, and the sophistication of the hotel will perfectly complement
the high-energy and vibrancy of Dubai."
"A jewel in The Conrad Dubai's crown is the Latin Supper Club, Izel, a carnival of Latin Artistry."
Grand Opening: Fall 2013
The Izel • Conrad Hilton
115143 Sheikh Zayed Road
Dubai, United Arab Emirates