Yvonne Domenge Gaudry
Mexico City, (1946 - 2019)
Yvonne Domenge studied, at the Corcoran School of Art, in Washington D.C; under the direction of the sculptress Somsy Smuthart, and in Mexico City she participated in private workshops with Kitzia Hoffman and Alberto Pérez Soria.
She studied Human Development at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, which led her to teach courses in aesthetic expression and art therapy through drawing and sculpture addressed to children and adults. Some of the courses she imparted focused on social and community projects, among which the sculptural corridor of Colonia Buenos Aires in Mexico City (1999-2002) stands out. She was a member of the Advisory Commission on Sculpture of the National Council and the Arts (CONACULTA), as well as a tutor and fellow of the National Fund for Culture and the Arts (FONCA).
Her performance in the area of plastic arts focused on sculpture. She participated in more than 50 individual exhibitions and more than 160 collective exhibitions both in Mexico and abroad. Standing out: “Interconnected”, (Millenium Park, Chicago, United States); “Visión Antológica”, (Museum of Modern Art, Mexico); “Sol del Nuevo Milenio” (Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Mexico City); “Procesos” (Centro Cultural del México Contemporáneo, Mexico City); y “Las maderas de Domenge” (Museo de Arte Abstracto Manuel Felguérez, Zacatecas), among others.
Her work is part of art collections of various institutions public and private, in national and international spaces. Some of her most representative sculptures are located in: Chevron/Texaco, San Ramón, California; Novell Inc. San Francisco, California; Toaymura General Center, Abuta-gun, Hokkaido, Japan; Zhengzhou Public Square, Henan, China; Sculpture Park of the Olympic Games, Beijing China; and Casa de México in France, Cité Universitaire, Paris. In Mexico stands out the pieces that are in the Museum of Modern Art (National Institute of Fine Arts); the Museum of Contemporary Art of Monterrey; the University Museum of Chopo and Universum, Museum of Science, both of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM); the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Xochimilco; the Ministry of Foreign Relations, Mexico City; the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey, State of Mexico; Museo de Arte Abstracto Manuel Felguérez, Zacatecas, Mexico; Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Mexico city; Televisa y Hewlett Packard, Mexico, among others.
Some of her most important monumental sculptures in Mexico are those located: in the National Institute of Nuclear Research (ININ), State of Mexico; the Garden of the Empress, in National Palace, Mexico city; in the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Azcapotzalco, Mexico City; in the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences and in the Faculty of Higher Studies in Zaragoza, both from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM); the Botanical Garden of Culiacán, Sinaloa; in Galerías Cuernavaca, Cuernavaca Morelos; Lomas de Angelópolis, Angelópolis, Puebla, Mexico. Abroad, the sculptures located in Martin L. King Park in Atlanta, Georgia; Michigan State University; Courts and Public Safety Building, Fort Worth, Texas; Performing Arts Complex in Denver, Colorado; Woodlands, Houston, Texas; Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas; Canary Wharf, London, England; Surrey Memorial Hospital, British Columbia, Canada; Sculpture Park, Chicago Illinois.
During her artistic career, she received multiple recognitions, awards and distinctions, standing out: second place in the International Art contest in ice in Fairbanks, Alaska (“Semilla de mar”, 1992); Euroesculture Acquisition Award, Bardonecchia, Italy (“Eros”, 1993); first place of the Mexinox Prize for Latin American Industrial Design (“Coincidentia Oppositorum”, 1996); International Bienal and Acquisition Prize in Toyamura, Japan (“Microcosmos”, 1997); first place in the National Steel Prize, from the National Chamber of Iron and Steel, Mexico (“Fullereno”, 2000); first place in CNN’s Convergent Visions art contest, New York, United Sates, (“Mandala”, 2003); selection and acquisition at the International Sculpture Biennal in Zhengzhou, China, (“Circontinuo”, 2006); silver medal and acquisition in the Sculpture and Design Competition for the Olympic Landscape in Beijing, China (“Lirio”, 2008); Sorel Etrog Award, for artistic career, at the International Sculpture Biennal, Vancouver, Canada (“Olas al viento”, 2009-2011); recognition for her artistic career granted by the authorities of the city of Atlanta, Georgia, 2013.
Among the publications about her work stands out: “Yvonne Domenge. La aventura del centro”. Rius Caso Luis, INBA-CONACULTA 2012. “Yvonne Domenge. Interconexiones” various authors, Fomento Cultural Banamex, A.C. 2014.
In 2006 she received the medal of the Academic Society of Arts, Sciences and Letters of Paris, France, and in 2008 she became an honorary member for the sculpture section of the Royal Academy of Sciences, Letters and Fine Arts of Belgium.
She was designated Member of the Academy of Arts of Mexico on August 12, 2017.
She died in Mexico City on September 27, 2019, at the age of 73.