Yola was born in Natal, South Africa in 1972, where she lived surrounded by the dramatic beauty of the African countryside. Her father was a professional landscape and floral artist and therefore she was surrounded by artistic inspiration thought her childhood.
She studied Fine Art at the Naval University of Technology where she and developed as an artist, acquiring proficiency in both painting and ceramics. After graduating from the university she worked as a tutor and established her own private studio. During these five years her work was featured in many exhibitions.
In 2008 she relocated to the UK to live with her husband, a sculptor, Graeme. They now live and work in Stroud. Since her arrival in this country she has had work in both solo and group exhibitions and winning prizes in the process. Her works are treasured by their fortunate owners.
She draws her inspiration from the beauty of African nature, her native land. Her professional technique; meticulous and undivided attention to each, even the smallest, detail -- makes it possible for her to develop and create rich masterpieces that are full to the brim with emotion -- sophisticated, intangible and vivid at the same time. Every piece is a celebration of beauty.
This is the first time Yola’s work has been seen in Malvern. Visit Yola’s full online gallery here.