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“Yolanda's work Inspires! When she expresses, folks want that experience and when she shares insight about her process, it's poetic.” 


Lavette King,
Creativity Cultivator


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Biography & CV

Learn about Yolanda and her accomplishments, education, art experience & development. Check out the Bio below and the CV.

Yolanda Cotton Turner

     Yolanda attended California State University, Hayward (1988) to study music, and there, she was introduced to lithography where she instantly fell in love with the laborious, mind-bending, and magnificently serendipitous processes of fine art printmaking. She had the opportunity to study under the renowned Tamarind master Kenjilo Nanao and monoprint expert Linda Goodman. In 2013, after raising her family and moving back to her hometown of Oakland, CA, she found Bernadette Martinez at Artery Press who nurtured her re-acquaintance with the medium.


     Yolanda’s current focus is in relief and lithographic printmaking. Experimental by nature, she keeps her methods fresh while still giving respect to the more traditional processes. Her subject commonly focuses on Oakland urban culture, our kindred power within nature, the magic in music, the human experience, and other social, spiritual, and environmental inspirations. Yolanda uses plexiglass, wood, lino, and nature itself as a printing plate, printing onto handmade paper, mulberry, or cotton rag, or natural fabrics. She personally executes all the steps involved in the printmaking process, from developing the image, gouging, inking, and pulling the print by hand utilizing a Griffin etching press.


     Yolanda’s work has earned a spot on the walls of the de Young Museum in San Francisco, Ca. as well as many other notable galleries. She can be found at Th Red Door Art Alley in Alameda, California.


California State University, Hayward, CA — Majored in Studio Printmaking 1989-1993

Studied with master printmaker, Kenjilo Nanao & monoprint expert, Linda Goodman

Artery Press, Oakland, CA — Resident Artist 2014-2016

Studied relief printing with Bernadette Martinez

Kala Institute, Berkeley, CA —  2019-2020

Studied screen printing with Emily Gui & stone lithography with Leyla Rzayeva



2020 – de Young MuseumOpen” San Francisco, CA

2018 – Studio 23 GalleryBarfly” Alameda, CA

2018 – The Red Door GalleryRoofless” Alameda, CA
2017 – Accion Latina Art GalleryOda a la Muerte” San Francisco, CA
2017 – Perch Coffeehouse “Beautiful Creatives Create” Oakland, CA

2016 – Studio 23 GalleryDisplacement” Alameda, CA

2016 – Jingletown Art Studios "Annual Resident Artists Show" Oakland, CA

2016 – Jingletown Art Studio & Concentric Arts GroupForty Fridas” Oakland, CA

2016 – Oakland Art Museum of CAIndie Art Awards” - Oakland, CA

2015 – Jingletown Art Studios - Annual Resident Artists Show - Oakland, CA

2014 – 4:20 Gallery “Pathways” Oakland, CA
1992 – CSUH Gallery (solo show) “The Works of Yolanda Cotton” Hayward, CA

CSU, Hayward. Hayward, CA. -"Medallion" Donated 1991
Samuels Art Gallery, Permanent Collection, Oakland, CA - "Le Fleur" Donated 1992

ARTPUSH, Joined 2020 -  Board Member
Blank Page Studios, Joined 2019 - Resident Artist
Kala Institute, Joined 2017 - Participating member
JustBE, Joined 2016 - Founding Member
Dragon Rouge Art Walk, Joined 2016 - Event Producer

ProArts East Bay Open Studios, Joined 2016 - Participating Member
Alameda Artist Group, Joined 2014 - Teaching Member
Jingletown Art Studio, Joined 2014 - Resident Artist
Artery Press, Joined 2014 - Studio Manager, Resident Artist & Teaching Member
Samuels Gallery, 1990-1994, Gallery Sales Represtative

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