Yvette draws and paints, but she thinks sculpturally. In Cassina, her site-specific installation that fused itself into a 5,000 square foot commercial space, included Per Aspera Ad Astra (Through Hardship to the Stars). This painting is revelatory of Yvette’s approach to her art practice. In 2017 her site-specific installation at Basta Pasta, a popular Japanese-Italian restaurant in the Flatiron district of NYC, welcomed guests at the entrance with Total Strangers mounted above the bar. Swimming on Air and other work guided diners throughout the restaurant. In 2018, Ellen Fagan of Odetta Gallery in Bushwick brought back to life some of the pieces from the Cassina show along with some current work, in her wonderful, nearly square space of a gallery.
Yvette was born in Cairo, Egypt, and raised in Paris and Montreal. In 1976 she received a BFA from Concordia University in Montreal where she studied with Guido Molinari. After moving to New York she continued her education attending classes at the Art Student’s League, the School of Visual Arts and the Whitney seminars. For a year she worked in lithography at the Bob Blackburn Printmaking Workshop.
In 1983 she established Plum Graphics Inc., a greeting card company, recognized for its unique images and products. There she received several nominations and a Louie award for her work. Louie awards are the Oscars of the greeting card industry.
In 2004 she returned to the studio to pursue her fine art full time. She lives and works in New York City.