Yolanda M. López, born in 1942, is a painter, printmaker, educator and film producer living in San Francisco, California.  The print in Collecting Memories titled Vote! Your Vote Has Power reveals López’s commitment to community activism. She had profound influence as a political Chicana artist involved in the Chicano Art Movement (El Movimiento).  Her paintings are characterized by their incisive analysis of women’s day-to-day struggles.  Her indelible imagery explores the social, political and cultural issues of the times.  López is known for creating images of women aimed at breaking the ethnic stereotypes of Chicana women.  The women in her paintings are often family members that model for her.  Long celebrated in the history of Chicano/a/x art, and feminists’ conceptual frameworks López has nonetheless, remained under-recognized by museums and the contemporary art world.  Her first major retrospective exhibition is being organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego, scheduled to open in October 2021 to April 2022.

YOLANDA M. LÓPEZ