George Yepes: Short Biography


George Yepes.  "Muralist and Painter Yepes is Los Angeles' greatest living Baroque artist".

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".

The Guide to over 450 Los Angeles Art Galleries and Museums
"But for those wary of celebrity endorsement, remember this: Even if the [Chicano Visions] exhibit is not a definitive collection of the genre, it presents works rarely seen in Texas, like those of L.A. Hotshot George Yepes.  That alone makes this show worth seeing".


"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
San Antonio Express News
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

Born in a crucible beneath a meteor shower over Baja, then raised and educated in East Los Angeles, the meteoric double-barrel life of Painter/Muralist, George Yepes, has been on fire since birth.  In 1992, George Yepes was named "El Fuego de Los Angeles" (The Fire of Los Angeles) by Councilman Richard Alatorre and the Los Angeles City Council.  In 1993, for the Los Angeles Subway project, George Yepes was partnered with Ricardo Legorreta, the AIA Gold Medal architect from Mexico City, as the duo "Lead Urban Design Team" in charge of designing seven subway stations beneath East Los Angeles.  In 1997, Mayor Richard Riordan and the Los Angeles City Council named George Yepes a "Treasure of Los Angeles".  Also, in 1997, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction named George Yepes to the State Task Force on the Visual and Performing Arts for the California Department of Education.  In 1998, the Governor and Secretary of State of California, hand picked George Yepes to paint a seventy-foot vaulted ceiling mural, titled "The Promise", at the State Capital in Sacramento. In 1999, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously adopted a resolution commending George Yepes for establishing a training program that assisted teachers to effectively implement State Learning Standards for the visual arts.

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".


October 29, 1994
Dear Mr. Yepes;
"I am impressed with your hard work and commitment to the ideas contained in the material you provided me. Please be assured that your suggestions will be considered as I work with the President on related polices and programs. Once again, thank you for keeping me informed of your efforts and for bringing this project to my attention."
The Honorable Al Gore, Vice President
United States of America
With grand scale, furious momentum, and four decades, Yepes has painted eloquent social, historical, and sacred images onto the facades of everything from museums, churches, and guitars, to album covers and movies. George Yepes' paintings are in forty museum collections, and have been collected by a widely diverse audience including Sean Penn and Madonna, Patricia Arquette and Nicolas Cage, Anthony Keidis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Quentin Tarantino, and Robert Rodriguez.  In addition, several George Yepes original paintings are included in Cheech Marin's "Chicano Visions" Exhibit tour of fifteen museums nationwide.  In 1999, Yepes' Warner Bros. album cover for Los Lobos titled "La Pistola y El Corazon" was selected as one of the One Hundred Best Album Covers of All Time by the editors of Rolling Stone Magazine. Yepes' cover artwork is also on the latest book titled Untie the Strong Woman by bestselling author, Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes. Her book, Women Who Run With the Wolves was on the New York Times Best Seller list for 145 weeks.
Hollywood actors Salma Hayek, Eva Longoria, Carla Gugino, Marley Shelton and Patricia Arquette have modeled for several Yepes paintings.  In 2006, Yepes moved to Troublemaker Studios in Austin, Texas, and worked with Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino on their double feature "Grind House 2007". Among other artworks for the "Grind House" series, Yepes created a 20 foot long Machete Crucifix for Rodriguez' movie "Machete 2010" which starred Robert De Niro, Jessica Alba, Lyndsay Lohan, Danny Trejo and Cheech Marin.
In 2013, George Yepes is currently working on the new Robert Rodriguez/Frank Miller movie, Sin City 2 "A Dame to Kill For". Which has included the production of cast members portraits, including, Lady GaGa, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Bruce Willis, Rosario Dawson, Mickey Rourke, and Jaime Chung.  Sin City 2 "A Dame to Kill For" is scheduled for release in August 2014. 

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 Hotel

115143 Sheikh Zayed Road
Dubai, United Arab Emirates