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Yelitza is a figurative artist who works in oils, pastels, acrylics and mixed media. She received her initial formal training at the Maine College of Art under instruction from figurative artist Janet Conlon Manyan. Subsequently she studied at The Art Students League of New York under instruction from abstract painter Ronnie Landfield and illustrator and figurative artist Max Ginsburg.

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Yelitza grew up in New York, Los Angeles and Caracas. Prior to her painting career, she was a fashion model for designers Yves Saint Laurent, Karl Lagerfeld, Sonia Rykiel, Sandra Rhodes and Missoni. She was photographed by Richard Avedon, Peter Beard, David Bailey, among others, for leading fashion magazines including Cosmopolitan, Vogue, Brides, Harper’s Bazaar, Interview and Good Housekeeping. As well, she featured in over 40 television commercials and was one of the “Virginia Slims Girls”.

Before moving to Palm Beach, Yelitza lived in New York, London, Paris, Milan, Hong Kong, Monte Carlo and New Delhi. She speaks English, Spanish, French and Italian.

Theo - oil on canvas

Yelitza is represented by Mary Mahoney on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach

For commissioned portrait paintings, contact Yelitza