In a celebration of springtime’s renewal, Cuban American artist Yolanda Sánchez invites viewers to immerse themselves in the beauty of nature through her captivating exhibition at the Museum of Art – DeLand Downtown Galleries. Located at 100 N. Woodland Blvd., this showcase intertwines Sánchez’s colorful, flowing textiles inspired by the traditional Korean Bojagi-style with her vibrant, floral-inspired paintings, offering a sensory journey into the heart of nature’s splendor.

For Sánchez, nature serves as an endless reservoir of inspiration. Through her art, she translates the essence of natural elements into a visual symphony, capturing the fleeting moments of light, color, and sensation. There’s a profound simplicity in her approach—a desire to awaken the viewer’s senses and evoke a moment of contemplation, transcending the boundaries between subject and object to create a “presence without form.”

Drawing from her background in calligraphy and dance, Sánchez infuses her paintings with a sense of rhythm and movement. Each brushstroke becomes a dance of line and form, conveying a universal aesthetic that transcends language and meaning. Influenced by poetry, Eastern philosophy, and the compositional structures of Chinese and Japanese classical ink painting, her work integrates drawing, writing, and painting, resulting in visual images that pulsate with life and energy.

In her quest to capture the poetic essence of the brushstroke, Sánchez aligns herself with the work of American artists like Franz Kline, Brice Marden, and Cy Twombly. Like them, she seeks to harness the dynamic liveliness of the brushstroke, blurring the lines between language and visual representation to create works that resonate on a deeply emotive level.

Born in Cuba and raised in Miami, Sánchez embodies the spirit of her Caribbean heritage—a culture characterized by its syncretic blend of influences. Her art reflects this cultural richness, embracing diversity and remaining open to a multitude of influences. For Sánchez, making art is a way of being present in the world, an act of attention and praise to the beauty that surrounds us.

As visitors explore Sánchez’s exhibition, they are invited to experience the joy and wonder of nature through her eyes. Each piece is a testament to the transformative power of art, offering moments of reflection, inspiration, and sheer delight. Whether through her intricate textiles or her vibrant paintings, Sánchez’s work serves as a reminder of the boundless beauty that lies within the natural world.

The exhibition runs through Sunday, June 30, with gallery hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free for museum members and $10 for nonmembers. For more information, please call 386-279-7534 or visit

Museum of Art – Deland
600 N. Woodland Blvd.
DeLand, FL, 32720, United States

Celebrating Nature: Yolanda Sánchez's Vibrant Vision
Celebrating Nature: Yolanda Sánchez’s Vibrant Vision

About CANY:

Cuba Art NY (CANY) is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization that promotes the work of contemporary Cuban born artists living outside of Cuba. The organization was founded in 2001 by a small group of art enthusiasts.  The CANY Board of Directors and advisors are all volunteers.

CANY has organized many highly-successful group and individual exhibits that have benefitted artists by displaying and selling their work in high-end galleries mostly in New York’s Chelsea district. Exhibit net revenues have all been used to further our mission by: organizing lectures in galleries and universities, maintaining a blog dedicated to Cuban art from outside the Island, holding social “meets” for art collectors, help artists connect with established galleries, provide grants for large projects, and help create portfolios, web pages, and Wikipedia pages.

In 2020, CANY opened the CANY Online Gallery.

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