She studied plastic arts at the Outremont School in Montreal, Canada, at the Corcoran School of Art, Washington D.C., and in workshops with Somsy Smuthart, Alberto Pérez Soria and Kitzia Hoffman in Mexico City.
She has been a member of the Sculpture Commission for the National Council for Culture and the Arts (Conaculta), of the Arts and Letters Commission 2004-2005 and of the National System of Art Creators 2005-2008. She developed “Sculptures from the Buenos Aires Neighborhood”, a community based program that ran from 1999 to 2002, supported by the National Fund for Culture and the Arts (Fonca). She was awarded a Discovery Grant for a residency as mentor at The Banff Center in Alberta, Canada, 1997-1999.
Her awards and distinctions include the Phoenix Award (2013), the Sorel Etrog Lifetime Achievement Award for Sculpture & Public Art, Vancouver Biennale (2009-2011), the Camille Claudel Acquisition Award, La Bresse, France, (1991),Second Place in World Ice Sculpture Championships, Fairbanks, Alaska (1992), Eurosculpture Acquisition Award, Bardonecchia, Italy (1993), winner of Olympic Landscape Sculpture Design Contest, Beijing, China (2008); winner of the International Toyamura Sculpture Bienal in Abutagun, Japan (1997),first place in Plastic Arts by CNN in Spanish, New York (1994), awarded by National Academy of Medicine in Mexico for “Virus AH1N1” (2010). She awarded a gold medal by Academic Society of Arts, Letters and Science in Paris and is an honorary member of the Royal Academies for Science and the Arts in Belgium. In recognition of her contribution to the arts, the South Gallery of the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana in Mexico City has been named after her.
Yvonne’s work is included among the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, Mexico City, Museum of Contemporary Art, Monterrey, the Universum Museum (UNAM)and the Museum of Modern Art of the State of Mexico. Her large-scale works are installed at the National Government Palace in Mexico City, the National Institute of Nuclear Investigations of the State of Mexico, UNAM, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Mexico City, Plaza Galerías, Cuernavaca, Mexico and Galerías Guadalajara, Jalisco, Lomas de Angelópolis, Puebla.
Her work “Wind Waves” represented Mexico in the Vancouver International Sculpture Biennale (2009-11) and from April 2010 to October 2012, six of her large-scale sculptures were installed in Millennium Park Chicago as part of the exhibition Interconnected: The Sculptures of Yvonne D. The sculptures have now been placed in the collections of sculpture parks and cities across the United States, including the McNichols Building, Denver, CO; Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park, Chicago, IL, Freedom Park, Atlanta, GA. and the Public Safety and Courts building, Fort Worth. TX, all in the United States of America.
Last year her sculpture Conocimiento (Knowledge) arrivied to the compus of the Michigan State University, Michigan, USA.
Born in Mexico City, 1946.