Biography

Yolène Legrand was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and now resides in New York. Although she originally pursued a business career (she has a Master’s degree in Finance and was an international banker for many years), her artistic interest has always remained strong. She eventually enrolled at the Art Students League of New York where she studied anatomy and figure drawing with the late Kay Hazelip and oil painting with noted colorists Peter Homitzky and Leatrice Rose. She also attended David Leffel portrait painting workshop and studied printmaking techniques at the League including etching, aquatint, linocut, monotype, etc. . She is now a recognized international artist and muralist. Ms. Legrand taught art at the Brooklyn Museum and at other educational institutions. Various corporations, individuals and other organizations collect her paintings and her work was recently added to the Brooklyn Museum collection.

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Select Solo Exhibitions:

  New York Public Library St Agnes Branch, NYC 2016
  Gallery 18 Riverdale YWHA, NYC 2016
  New York University Kimmel Art Galleries, NYC 2013
  Tompkins Square Library Art Gallery, NYC 2013
  Montclair Public Library Art Gallery, NJ 2012
  Uniondale Public Library, LI, NY2010
  The Museum at the Broward County African-American Research Library, 2010  

  The Durst Organization, NYC 2010
  The City Club of Washington DC, 2009
  Haitian Embassy, Washington DC, 2009
   New York Public Library, East 67 Street Branch, 2009
   Columbia University Russ Berrie Medical Science Pavilion Gallery,NYC 2007/8
   Hampton Bays Public Library Art Gallery, LI, NYC 2006
   University College Art Gallery, Fairleigh Dickinson University, NJ 2006
   Wellfleet Public Library Art Gallery, Cape Cod,MA 2006
   Dennis Public Library, Dennisport, Cape Cod, MA 2004
   Manhattan Borough President's Office Gallery, Municipal Building, NYC 2004
   Colgate-Palmolive, NYC Salute to Haiti 2003
   L'Alliance Francaise de Miami 1996, 1998 & 2002
   Shea Stadium, NYC 2000
   101 Hudson Street Gallery, Jersey City, NJ 2000
   L'Alliance Francaise of Washington DC, 1999
   Hamilton Landmark Gallery, NYC 1999
   Treasure Room Gallery - Interchurch Center, NYC 1998
   New York Public Library - Countee Cullen Branch 1996
   Verve Art Gallery, Leuven, Belgium 1996
   Carlos & Rita Morales Gallery, NYC 1995
   The Living Room Gallery - Saint Peter's Church, NYC 1995
   Columbia University - La Maison Francaise Gallery 1995

 

Select Group Shows:
   NY Society of Women Artists members’ exhibition: “Memory” 2021

   Brooklyn College Library, NY-Celebrating Haiti's Battle of Vertieres 2017
   Mabee Farm Historic Site-Schenectady Cty Historical Society,NY 2017/18
   Erie Canal Museum, Syracuse, NY 2017
   Wilmer Jenning Gallery, "Facing the Rising Sun", NYC 2014
   Weill Cornell Medical Art Gallery, NYC 2014 three-person show
   Dorsey Art Gallery, NY 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
   International Pastel Artists Invitational, Taipei, Taiwan 2012
   Wilmer Jennings Gallery, NYC 2011/12 -"Middle-Day Landlight:Black Viewpoint"
   Medgar Evers College, NYC 2011 -"Caribbean Art & Artists of the Diaspora"
   Wilmer Jennings Gallery, NYC 2010 "Landscape"
   Taiwan Center International Pastel Artists Invitational, NYC 2010
   Asociacion de Pintores Pastelistas, Spain 2009
  Bearden Foundation Gallery (Fundraising), NYC 2008
   American Museum of Natural History, NYC 2008
   Salon International du Pastel, Giverny, France 2008
   Manhattan Borough President's Office Gallery, NYC 2008
   Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts 2007
   Salon International du Pastel, Normandy, France 2007
   Gallery 744, Newark, NJ 2006
   Taiwan Center, NYC 2006
    Makeready Press Gallery, Montclair, NJ 2006
    Dorsey Gallery, NY 2005
    Nicole Gallery, Chicago, IL 2005
    Pen & Brush Club Juried Exhibition, NYC 2004 & 2005
    Bread & Roses Gallery, NYC 2004
    National Arts Club, Juried Exhibition Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, NYC 2004
    Grace Baptist Church Gallery, Mt Vernon, NY 2004
    American Museum of Natural History, NYC 2004
    Latin American Art Museum, Miami, FL 2004
    Health Sciences Gallery, Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY 2004
   Jean Lafitte National Historical Park, New Orleans, 2003
   Vanderbilt Gallery, Nantucket, MA 2002 & 2003
   Salmagundi Club, NYC Audubon Artists Juried Exhibition 2000 - 2015
   Kenkeleba Gallery/National Black art show, NYC 2002 to 2009
   Moon Child Fine Arts Gallery, NYC 2001
   Newport Art Museum, RI 2001
   Wilmer Jennings Gallery - Kenkeleba, NYC 2001
   Simbi Art Gallery, NYC 2000
   Aljira "National 5" Juried Exhibition, Newark, NJ 1999
   Musee du Pantheon National Haitien, Haiti (MUPANAH) 1999
   Consulat General de La Republique d'Haiti NYC 1999
   Nabisco Corporate Gallery, NJ 1999
   Krasdale Corporate Gallery, NY 1997/1998
   Art of the Americas Gallery, Piermont, NY 1997
   HBO Corporate Gallery, NY 1996
   Art Students League of New York 1992-1996
   Sea Bell Gallery, VA 1995

 

Reviews & Accolades:
   NY Daily News 6/9/18 “The Art of Making Art,"

           Mural Project for Play: Once on This Island  (about mural project)

   Beacon 6/14-6/20, 2018

   Caribbeat NY July 2017(read article)
   Beacon 9/29/16
   Caribbeat-NY Daily News, 10/9/16
   Caribbean Life, 2/24/12(read article)
   New York Times (L.I. Edition) 9/12 & 9/19/10
   France Amerique 9/24/10
   South Florida Times April 2, 2010
   Caribbean Life,9/30/09 (read article)
   Harlem New Group, 3/23/09
   Wayne Today, NJ 8/24/06
   New York Times (L.I. Edition) 8/12 & 8/26/06
   New York Daily News Caribbeat 8/6/06
   Newsday.com 8/5/06
   Hampton Bays Online 8/3/06
   Hamptonsview/Hamptons Online 8/1/06
   Provincetown Banner 6/22/06
   The Cape Cod Voice 6/15-6/28/06
   CapeCod.com, 6/23/06
   New York Daily News Caribbeat 6/06
   Cape Cod Today 6/06
   The Cape Codder 6/23/06
   Tribes Magazine Fall 2005 - Front & Back covers
   Haitian Times, 3/15/00, 2/6/02 & 10/5/05
   Caribbean Life 11/23/04
  Amsterdam News 9/30/04
   CaribNews 10/5/04
   New York Beacon 8/26/04
   The Cape Codder 8/20/04, 8/27/04
   Cape Cod Times 8/20/04
   Cape Cod Register 8/12/04
   Caribbean Life 2/17/04
   WNBC TV1/8/04
   NY1 TV 1/7/04 (read about it)
   Newsday 1/8/04
  The Miami Herald 9/13 & 10/4/02
   Miami New Times 9/12 & 10/3/02
   Miami Today 9/5 & 9/12/02
   Who's Who in American Art 2002 - 2016 editions    
   Haitian Times 3/15/00 & 2/6/02
   News-Leader, NJ 1/27/99
   The Glen Ridge Voice 5/98
   The Glen Ridge Voice 3/98
   The Glen Ridge Paper 3/98
   The Miami Herald 3/8/98
   Miami New Times 3/12/98
   Le Francophone International 3/11/98
   The KIP Business Report 2/98
   Caribnews 2/17/98
   Miami Times 6/27/96
   The Miami Herald 5/23/96
   EXITO 5/22/96
   Miami Today 5/16/96
   Passe-Partout, Leuven, Belgium 1/17/96
   Le Francophile 11/95

Memberships & Affiliations
   Member New York Society of Women Artists

   Former Board First Vice President & Treasurer of Audubon Artists, Inc.
   Life Member of The Art Students League of New York
   Member American Alliance of Museums
   Allied Artists of America
   Pastel Society of America
   Art du Pastel en France
   Award Juror Cornell Staff Art Exhibition 2014

Prizes
   Winner of Elaine & James Hewitt Memorial Award in Oil2006
   Recipient 2005 L'Ouverture Business Award as Haitian-American
   Proclamation by the Manhattan Borough President at City Hall 9/27/04
  Winner of LMCC Manhattan Community Arts Funds Grant 2000    

 

Studio: 32 Union Square East, #807, New York, NY 10003
212/ 253-6803