Death and Hummingbirds | Oil on Panel | 24" x 24" | Collection of Axl Rose | 2013
Sandra Yagi is a painter who lives and works in San Francisco, California. Science, zoology, human folly, and an obsessive curiosity for the macabre provide the fuel for her subject matter. Recent paintings incorporate anatomical imagery to explore the human psychological condition and humanity’s affect on the environment. She was raised in suburban Denver Colorado, and 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. Yagi therefore put art aside, obtained a Masters in Business Administration, and worked in the corporate world, where she put 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 32, while still working in finance. She left the corporate life behind for good in 2008 and became a full time artist. Her works are in numerous private collections, including those of Axl Rose, Ben Stiller, Chris Vroom (Co-Founder of Artspace), Paul Ruscha, and Lee Unkrich (film director). Her work may be viewed at Bert Green Fine Art in Chicago, IL, Bash Fine Art, Las Vegas, NV, beinArt Gallery, Brunswick N AU, and at her website: sandrayagi.com.