Biography

SANDRA YUEN

Sandra Yuen is a Canadian-born Chinese visual artist who resides and works in Vancouver, British Columbia. She has worked mainly in acrylic painting for the last fifteen years. Art is her passion and part of her healing and journey of recovery from illness. She wants to spread hope and optimism through these pieces, drawing from the depths of struggle transformed into a new entity, a rebirth. She paints in a variety of genres, but her work is identifiable by her palette and application, smooth textures and pure paint out of the tube.
Sandra Yuen is a Canadian-born Chinese visual artist who resides and works in Vancouver, British Columbia. She has worked mainly in acrylic painting for the last fifteen years. Art is her passion and part of her healing and journey of recovery from illness. She wants to spread hope and optimism through these pieces, drawing from the depths of struggle transformed into a new entity, a rebirth. She paints in a variety of genres, but her work is identifiable by her palette and application, smooth textures and pure paint out of the tube.

Her cityscapes are about anonymity, isolation, and memory. Her father was an architect who taught her aspects of design and perspective. In a city full of people, there is still alienation and separation. She recycles canvases, letting the older work permeate through in a raw and edgy style. Intensity, value and hues make her work vibrant and joyful.

In her landscapes, she follows in the footsteps of the Group of Seven, but with her own unique style. When she sees a field, she interprets through an artist’s lens, making it her own.

Also she has worked in florals for the past few years. She responds to their curvaceous forms and the luscious colours of the blossoms which are a delight to paint. She works from photographs she’s taken in her neighbourhood. Beauty in nature comes with the seasons, but through painting, one can preserve a moment in time.

Under the pen name, Sandra Yuen MacKay, she is the author of My Schizophrenic Life: The Road to Recovery from Mental Illness and Chop Shtick, and co-author of From New York to Vancouver: Stories on the Fly. She earned a Fine Arts Diploma from Langara College and Bachelor of Arts in art history from the University of British Columbia. She has received the Courage to Come Back Award and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for overcoming severe adversity and giving back to the community. Also Sandra is a public speaker on mental health. Her artwork is in public and private collections in North America.
SANDRA YUEN

Artwork

  • Bowen Island I

    Original Acrylic

    15×30

  • Bowen Island II

    Original Acrylic

    24×18

  • Bridge

    Original Acrylic

    24×30

  • Brook

    Original Acrylic

    20×20

  • Burano 2

    Original Acrylic

    24×30

  • Firewalk

    Original Acrylic

    20×30

  • Fraternal (diptych)

    Original Acrylic

    31.5×47

  • Glow

    Original Acrylic

    24×24

  • Peace

    Original Acrylic

    36×36

  • Pond

    Original Acrylic

    16×20

  • Siwash Rock

    Original Acrylic

    18×24

  • Sunglow

    Original Acrylic

    24×30

  • The Price Of Gas

    Original Acrylic

    16×20

  • Unity

    Original Acrylic

    24×36

  • Woodstock

    Original Acrylic

    20×24

  • Modern Hieroglyph

    Original acrylic

    30×30