Sandra Yagi was raised in suburban Denver Colorado, the oldest of a typical suburban middle class family. From an early age, she loved science, especially biology, and drawing.
Yagi’s parents instilled in her an ethics of getting a “useful” education because of their concern for monetary and domestic stability, a result of their internment with other Japanese Americans during WWII. Their definition of a “useful” education, included fields such as business, engineering or science. Art and liberal arts were out of the question.
Yagi therefore put art aside, obtained a Masters in Business Administration and stepped into the corporate world, putting in 27 years at major financial institutions. However, due to the pent up need to create, she took up drawing and painting again at age 32a while still working in finance.
She relocated for her employer and moved to Los Angeles, and then San Francisco. The creative and eclectic climate in San Francisco is a catalyst for bringing about the current direction of her work. She left the corporate life behind for good in 2008 and became a full time artist. She now works out of her studio in the South of Market neighborhood of San Francisco.
Yagi cites the following artists and providing inspiration and influence: Titian, Vesalius, Albinus, Caravaggio, Delacroix, Goya, Jerome Witkin, Bill Viola, Walton Ford, Masami Teraoka and William Kentridge
Mab Graves is a Contemporary Pop-Surrealist artist and illustrator living and painting in a converted 1800’s tavern in a small corner of the dusty Midwest.
Her work is inspired deeply by fairy tales and old classic literature. She adores narrative. She blames this on her parents who unrelentingly read aloud to her and her three sisters as small, impressionable children.
Mab’s passion for creation has been an overwhelming obsession since she could grip a crayon, at about the age of 6 months. She spent her childhood and teen years adoring graphite and pen mediums (but being very suspicious of paints) until she discovered painting in early 2009, and then it was all over.
A self-taught artist, Mab’s work has been shown is galleries both nationally and internationally. Her work has been sold in more than 56 countries. Mab’s art has appeared in many print articles in books and magazines and in 2013 she published her first book of paper dolls with Dover Publishing.
She currently lives, works and dreams in Indianapolis, IN.
Steve Lawson is an emerging British artist making his mark within the international arts market. Being Self taught Steve has been a professional artist since turning his life around whilst serving a lengthy prison term for armed robbery. During his youth Steve shunned the restraints regulations laws and expectations of society living instead a carefree reckless life with abandon adventure and threw himself into the darker underbelly of society.
Leaving his former life behind him Steve used the time to positive effect indulging in his love of art and continues to use his art as an expression of himself and the world around him thus his art becoming his outlet, his playground in which to run free..
It wasn't long before Steve was exhibiting in open shows such as the discerning eye and the affordable arts fair in London from behind prison walls as well as several commissions from the UK prisons management. Recognising Steve's talent and passion for the arts a position within the arts department of teaching assistant and full time mural artist was soon made for him.
Since his release Steve’s reputation as a fine artist as continued to grow and he hasn't looked back. Having Exhibited internationally and around the UK Steve has been a featured artist in art books magazines and other such printed publications and continues to grow as an emerging artist.