The Secrets of a Famous Chicana Artist’s Most Fascinating Work

Known for her bold brushstrokes, unique textures and dynamic colors, Yolanda González has become one of the most prestigious Chicana artists in Los Angeles.

Through his paintings, ceramics and sculptures, González evokes a sense of wonder and imagination. She has traveled the world to showcase her art, finding beauty everywhere. For González, painting is a form of meditation, and she believes that the more you are exposed to art, the better you will become.

“I believe art heals the soul,” she said. “I believe that art heals the universe.”


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González comes from a long line of artists, dating back to 1877.

In this episode of “LA Stories,” she opens up to animate Giselle Fernandez about her family’s artistic legacy. It has now been perpetuated for five generations, from the pencil drawings of his great-grandfather to the paintings of his niece. González even introduced his own mother to ceramics when she was 80 years old.

“It’s in their footsteps that I represent my culture, and through my travels around the world, I was representing a Chicana,” she said. “It was an honor to represent my culture and my people.”


Today, in addition to sharing his art with the world, González also shares his secrets with the LA community. She gave art lessons to young students at Para Los Niños, a non-profit organization that supports children’s education. She has also worked with seniors in AltaMed senior centers, teaching them ceramics.

For González, being able to share his talent is the best way to give back to other Angelenos.

“I think if I could share this freedom that I gained through the creative process and my art with other people, maybe they would find this very beautiful path that I took through the art.”

Watch “LA Stories with Giselle Fernandez” at 9 p.m. every Monday on Spectrum News 1.

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