Let’s start from the beginning…
I was born and raised in one of Newark NJ’s low-income Housing Projects for disadvantaged families. My mother, an immigrant woman with little education and opportunity, struggled to keep our family afloat. Because of our circumstances, I did not have an ordinary childhood. While some children might recall learning how to ride a bike, I remember walking over lifeless bodies on my way to school. I remember the hunger I felt because we had no money for food. I remember the bullets that almost took my life in my middle school playground. I was surrounded by poverty and violence but I never gave up hope for a better future. In this chaos, I found my creative gifts. Art and design became my passion.
“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way, things I had no words for.”– Georgia O’Keeffe
I quickly found out that opportunities were waiting for me around the corner.
It was my acceptance letter to Art’s High School in Newark NJ that changed my life. From 2007 to 2009, I was accepted to the Cooper Union’s Pre-Collegiate Program, where I studied Art and Design with the top art students in the Tri-State area. Shortly after, I was selected as an intern at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and awarded a scholarship to study art abroad in France, Provence for the summer of 2008. Through hard work and determination, I was awarded the NAACP Regional Gold Place Award for Painting and Drawing as well as the NAACP Nationals Silver Place for Drawing. I received a collegiate scholarship from Art in the Atrium and a Sculpture award from NJCU.
In 2016 I graduated from Montclair State University with a BA in Arts. I was awarded Excellence in Ceramics for my time as an Assistant Professor in my university’s work-study program. Later that year I was named Best New Artist by Skylands Exhibition, SCAHC. From 2010 to 2019, I created numerous Murals around the city of Newark commissioned by Yendor Productions and various sponsors. I was then selected to become a Temporary Assistant Professor at Rutgers University-Newark for their first Public Art class. From 2014 to 2019, I worked as a Graphic Designer/Social Media Marketer for Chavez for Charity, Whole Foods Market, Wrap Mogul, and InCharged.
Moving forward, I am eager to create art services that help individuals and businesses create a brand that speaks to their audience.
I continue to strive for my dreams and use my work to bring awareness to the social and economic injustices affecting women of color.
Yasmin is an amazing designer and artist. Great to work with and a hard worker.– CEO of Annan Productions
A reliable, efficient, creative and brilliant artist.– Chief Operator of Yendor Productions
Very professional. She took on the whole project. From ordering supplies, commissioning metal works, to designing the wall, and managing installation.-Leader of SDA Church of the Oranges