Non traditional jewelry for Non traditional people – The rings tell the story

About the Artist

profile picture about artist

Ylecara’s Jewelry Art.

The most important driving force: our intrinsic motivations.

Ylecara’s artistic career begins when, being a student at the Instituto de Diseño  (Design Institute)  in Havana, Cuba in 1989. She decided to present three of her metal works (copper and brass) at the convocation hosted by the ACCA, Asociación Cubana de Artesanos y Artistas (Cuban Association of Artisans and Artists). That year in the final competition panel review she was accepted to this association as a member.

Through this entity, she had the opportunity of showcasing the works of her first years as an artist.

1989 – Member of the ACAA, Asociación Cubana de Artesanos y Artistas (Cuban Association of Artisans and Artists).

1990 – Member of the National Registry of Independent Artists.

1990 – Collective Exhibition, Casa de África. “Fine Arts.” Special Recognition. Havana, Cuba.

1990 – Collective Exhibition, Havana Gallery. Havana, Cuba.

1991 – Collective Exhibition, Acacia Gallery. Havana, Cuba.

1993 – Song and Construction. Solo Exhibition, , La Casona, Havana, Cuba.

1994- National Recognition Event for all outstanding artists during 1993 in the Avellaneda Salon at the Havana National Theater, Havana, Cuba.

Photography Composition from Ylecara Original Jewels and Designs.

Early Works

The year was 1995 when Ylecara left Cuba as a political refugee with the intention of meeting her parents in Miami as they had immigrated there in 1990. A new and unknown destiny awaited her in this new land. The year she arrived to Miami, she began to work at a jewelry factory, Gloco Finish.

In 1996, she began to work at Coco Design with Jorge Diaz, to whom she owes a great deal of admiration and gratitude as his 30 years as a jeweler and modeler gave her much experience. In his shop, she honed her techniques and new windows of knowledge opened; most importantly, she began to create again. For two years, she worked with this company at the same time that she was putting together her small new shop. By 1998, she already had the basic materials and tools to model and designs her own jewelry; however, in that year, the jewelry industry was facing a crisis, like many other industries that were moving their factories to Asia.

By 1999, her plans and the new shop had failed.  In that year, a friend offered her a position in a warehouse, where she worked until 2004. In 2001, she had returned to school and enrolled in classes for two years at Miami Dade College’s Wolfson campus. In 2002, while she was a student of graphic arts in Miami Dade College, Ylecara was selected to showcase in the Annual Juried Art Exhibition at The Center Gallery of the Wolfson Campus. Her entry, “Transition III,” was one of 200 chosen entries out of a total of 800 students from other campuses of the college.

mixed media:acrylic,pastel,collage on paper

Transition,Mixed Media by Ylecara

 It was toward the end of 2005 and the beginning of 2006, after hurricane Katrina, that another change in her work became evident. Doubled females countenances began to appear, speaking to her about a dual nature, immersed in the depths of the ocean or the earth, as it is evident in the oil on canvas series “Duality” and “Cycles.” And so continues the progression of images in search of reconciliation of dichotomies within her artistic development.

In April of 2009, Ylecara moved to Cumming, Georgia and began a series of illustrations where archetypal figures emerged, events and characters from the unconscious that doubtless signaled the beginning of a new journey.

black and white,digital illustration

top: Metaphor of the New Moon  left: Seeking thru The Masks  right: Unexpected Encounter.

Toward the end of 2010, Ylecara moved back to Florida. In December of that year, she began to make space in a house room to setup her studio and begin the collections titled “The Divinity of Nature” and “The Still Alive Nature.” After finishing these two collections in September of 2011, a new accord was born – a new, deeper, more evident compromise with herself, a different relationship between opposites (life and death, feminine and masculine, moon and sun,….), as manifested in the sculpture “The Sacred Marriage”where in the movement of the spiral a reconciliation occurs.

In February of 2012 Ylecara was honored awarded with and international recognition in The Miami International Fashion Week. She was the second prize among others jewelry designers from 27 countries. A Flower Within” from the Collection “The Divinity of Nature” was the honored piece.

At the present time, she continues to work on the rest of the pieces that will complete “The Divinity of Nature Collection” and she has already completed the new collection for the 2012 Spring “The Nature’s Tales.”

 

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