Yvonne Domenge was born in Mexico City in 1946. She studied plastic arts at the Outremont School in Montreal, Canada, at the Corcoran School of Art, Washington D.C. and in Mexico City. She has trained in various material techniques such as gilding, enameling and wood carving under the guidance of professors Kitzia Hofmann, Alberto Pérez Soria and Somsy Smuthart. Domenge draws from a diverse range of materials including wood, stone, cement, clay, onyx, marble, stainless and carbon steel, silver, ice, resin, wax, soap and porcelain.
A major in Human Development at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, she has taught courses on esthetic appreciation and art therapy, as well as sculpture and drawing for children, teenagers and adults for the past 38 years. Some of these courses focus on problems of expression and are of a socio-economic nature, for example, the Emerging Housing Program for Chiapas New Millennium (Programa Emergente de Vivienda para Chiapas Nuevo Milenio) in the State of Chiapas, Mexico - where several of her sculptures can be found - as well as her current direction of the sculptures created with the inhabitants of the Buenos Aires neighborhood, a low-income housing area in Mexico City.
Over the last 39 years she has had more than 43 individual exhibitions and more than 170 collective exhibitions in several cities across Mexico, the United States, Canada, China and Europe including the Louvre Museum in Paris
Her sculptures are featured in the collections of several Mexican museums, companies and institutions such as the Modern Art Museum, Chopo University Museum, Universum Museum UNAM, De la Luz Museum UNAM, José Luis Cuevas Museum, State of Mexico's Modern Art Museum, Monterrey Museum, Tijuana's Cultural Center, Manuel Felguérez Abstract Art Museum, Jorge Chávez Carrillo Contemporary Art Museum in Colima, National Institute of Nuclear Investigations of the State of Mexico, Energy Investigation Institute of UNAM at Temixco, Morelos, Botanical Garden at Culiacan, Sinaloa, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National Auditorium, Chase Manhattan Bank, Hewlett-Packard, Televisa, Monterrey Technological Superior Studies Institute at State of Mexico Campus, UAM University, Science and Technology National Library, National Polytechnic Institute, Superior Studies Faculty Zaragoza of UNAM, Olympic Park's Sculptor Space of Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mandarin Royal Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Liverpool of Cuernavaca, Morelos, design of the gardens of the Child Museum at Jalapa, Veracruz.
Yvonne Domenge's work can be found in such diverse places as the World Bank, Washington D.C., U.S.A.; The Toyamura General Center, Abutagun Hokkaido, Japan; PG & Energy Services Company and Novell, Inc., San Francisco, California, U.S.A.; Chevron Texaco in San Ramon, California, U.S.A.; as well as in The House of Mexico Cité Universitaire, Paris, France.
Her awards and distinctions include: the Camille Claudel Acquisition Award, La Bresse, France; International Second Place in Ice Art, Fairbanks, Alaska; Eurosculpture Acquisition Award, Bardonecchia, Italy; piece selected and purchased for the International Toyamura Sculpture Biennial '97, Toyamura General Center, Abutagun Hokkaido, Japan; grant for the Discovery Residency as mentor at the Banff Center for Arts, Alberta, Canada; first place in the Sixth Mexinox Latin American Industrial Design Award 1996, Mexico City, Mexico; first place in Creativity in Steel, National Chamber of Iron and Steel; Woman's Achievement Award “Pergamino Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz” 2003, State of Mexico; first place in the International Plastic Arts Contest “Visiones Convergentes”, CNN In Spanish, selected for the Second Beijing International Art Biennial 2005, China, sculpture selected and acquired for the “International City of Sculpture and Cultural Year of Zhengzhou”, Beijing, China 2006; sculpture selected for the Beijing Olympic international sculpture exhibition “Olympic Landscape Sculpture Design Contests and International Traveling Exhibition” China; selected to represent Mexico for the International Art Biennial of Vancouver, 2009-2011, recently awarded with the Golden medal by the Société Academic “Arts-Sciences-Lettres” in Paris, France. As a tribute to her career the Galería del Sur (South Gallery) of the UAM University is named after her. Honorary associated member of the Sculpture section of The Royal Academy of Science, Letters and Fine Arts of Belgium, 2008.
For many years she has been a member of the FONCA (Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y Las Artes) program, which gives guidance to young sculptors in the creation of their work. Throughout her artistic career she has developed many social projects that enhance the human and artistic growth of her country. She belongs to the National System of Art Creators (Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Arte) since 1997. She has collaborated in the project “Sculptures created by the Community of the Buenos Aires Neighborhood” (Esculturas Realizadas por la Comunidad de la Col. Buenos Aires), a socio-creative project begun in 1999, through the Program for the Development of Cultural Projects and Co-investments (Programa de Fomento a Proyectos y Coinversiones Culturales).