“For YoYo, Creating Art Is Therapeutic”...

“For YoYo, Creating Art Is Therapeutic” – Yoyo Lander’s Art Is A Mixture Of Cubism And Realism

Yoyo Lander is a who lives and works in Los Angeles. Yoyo paintings have a form of realism in them. Her paintings are, brilliant and full of life and colours.


Tell us about yourself?

YoYo Lander is an autodidactic painter living and working in Los Angeles, CA. For YoYo creating art is therapeutic.  Yoyo’s visions emanate from all that surrounds her while abroad. YoYo’s work explores unconventional color palettes, bold color contrasts, and womanhood. Her subjects are comprised of an arrangement of brown color harmonies, placed on backgrounds of both subtle and loud color blocks. Yoyo creates her interpretations using personal photographs and stories from indigenous women as her inspiration. The figurative artwork enjoins a conversation between itself and it’s audience regarding joy, identity, sisterhood and community.


 How did you get started as an aritist?

Few years ago an Australian business man commissioned me to do a piece of Dr. Martin Luther King for his office. I didn’t want to do it, but finally after a year of putting it off, I purchased the materials and started to paint. It was the most therapeutic experience of my life. Since then, I haven’t stopped painting!


 How did you find out your style, has it changed since you started?

When I decided to take myself seriously as a artist, I wanted to come up with my own style. I thought about it over and over and over and over again, and finally it came to me. But before I put myself out there I definitely experimented with other styles before coming up with the mixture of cubism and realism (which is my style)


How do you come up with new ideas, do you have a process?

I have new ideas every hour it seems. Haha. But the ones that make it to the canvas, have to stick with me. Those are the ideas that keep me up at night and wake me up early in the mornings. Those are the ideas that I just have to get out.  Pretty much I have to be obsessed with the idea.


What’s your favorite piece? Can you tell us a bit about what inspired it?

My favorite piece is entitled Black American Story. Because it is a painting of a little girl who would have been born around 1985 or 1986. It’s a school picture. She is very relatable. The colors are brilliant and light and happy. This painting screams joy and a lot of women have told me that wen they look at that painting they remember who they were at their happiest.


Recently, you had an exhibition ‘When Joy Overcomes Pain’ showcasing seven of your large scale paintings. Can you tell us a bit about your exhibition? How long did the creation of the paintings take? And what was the outcome of the exhibition in general?

It took a whole year to paint those pieces. The show was received well and I got several opportunities for other exhibitions. But the biggest opportunity I received  was to do another solo show at the African American Museum of the Art for 2017, so I am looking forward to that. I’ll be presenting a completely new set of paintings. I’m thinking of calling the show, “The Problem with Going Nowhere”



Are you currently working on a piece? If you are, do you mind telling us about it?

The African American Museum of the Art solo exhibition (see number 6.)