Spotlight: Yvonne Mora


‘someone asked me to sew a dress... it remains unaccomplished.

Artist Yvonne Mora on dedicating herself to painting, eating too much chocolate, and wishing she could sing  

Yvonne Mora: ‘Every experience, good or bad, is an opportunity for growth...’

Born in Lima in 1959, Yvonne Mora graduated from the prestigious Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes in 1985. Her vivid brand of emotional expressionism has captivated global audiences since her first exhibitions in Japan and Miami.

What does happiness look like?
Happiness is appreciating nature, starting from a simple flower.

Do you have any bad habits?
Staying up late and indulging in too much chocolate!  

What was your most embarrassing moment?
Going down some stairs, and I fell. There were a lot of people. 

What is your favourite smell?
The scent of flowers.

Can you remember a favourite holiday?
Yes! A trip to Colorado with my children.  

What time did you wake up today?
6:00am. Start the day early to get a fresh start.

What was the last thing you ate?
Breakfast! Coffee with toast and butter. 

And drank?
I drank my cup of coffee with milk.

What are you currently listening to, or reading?
A book by Jaime Bayly, Los Genios

A glimpse inside the artist's studio, and Yvonne Mora hard at work. 

What did you want to be when you grew up?
My dream was to be a great singer, but I didn't have a good voice.

What is the worst thing anyone's said to you? 
I don't remember. If someone told me, I've long forgotten. 

What is the worst job you ever had?
I honestly haven't had a bad job. I have only dedicated myself to my art. 

And the weirdest?
Someone asked me to sew a dress... it remains unaccomplished.

Who or what is the greatest love of your life?
They are my children, and my mother.  

If you could talk to anyone, past, present or future, who would it be?
If only I could speak to the great painter Oscar Kokoschka. 

Tell me a joke?
A guy goes to the doctor. "Doctor, nobody listens to me." The doctor calls in the next patient. 

Have you ever been arrested?
Never been arrested!  

Have you lied since this interview began?
I haven't lied at all. 

What has life taught you?
Life has taught me to be happy with however little or much that you have. Every experience, good or bad, is an opportunity for growth. 

Yvonne doing what she does best; observing life, and feeding her passion for the moment.


Alexander Miles and Yvonne Mora have worked together for the last decade, exhibiting Yvonne's work to rapturous response, and filling her collectors' walls with life, colour and excitement.