Yanique DaCosta uses varying media to create work that support her different professional disciplines. Though her aesthetic can be seen throughout each discipline, she approached each one independently. Her seemingly effortless control of coordinating her tasks and showcasing her diversity in each field is a skill unmatched by many.
Yanique has participated in over 30 exhibitions and art markets since 2016. Her first international art show was in March 2017. Since 2016, she has added over 200 new collectors to the roster. In April 2019 she was recognized by the Graphic Artists Guild in a joint campaign with the International Council of Design as a “Woman in Design”. The campaign highlighted women designers who created intelligent, inclusive, sensitive design well.
Yanique’s art is a whirlwind of female form, fluid movement, high contrast with a clear graphic design influence. Her artistic style started taking shape during her teenaged years growing up in Kingston Jamaica. Nonetheless, because of her family’s emphasis on formal education, when she migrated to the United States – she obtained a BA in Studio Arts from Florida Atlantic University and an MFA in Media Design from Full Sail University.
She is many things – a painter, a graphic designer, a textile designer, an experiential designer, an entrepreneur, a black woman, a Jamaican woman, a sister, a daughter, a friend and a student of life. Like many people, she finds herself constantly struggling with the dualities of her life and giving each aspect fair time to shine. Earlier in her career, Yanique focused primarily on generating graphic designs used in brand development and advertising campaigns. Occasionally, she got the opportunity to implement hand drawn illustrations, creating truly unique assets for varying branding projects. As time went on, she wanted more.
She searched for a way to be more tactile in her creative output and found it in painting. As much as she loves creating digital and print collateral, it just isn’t messy enough to satisfy her inner child.
Quickly after Yanique’s vibrant, colorful paintings were translated to fabric. The fabric was then translated to ready to wear fashion garments and home décor goods. Seeing her art in varying forms inspires her to keep exploring and pushing her creative boundaries.
Yanique is constantly inspired by her social circle and her daily life experiences. Her unmatched fascination with the female form is reflected in her art work. In 2018 her primary subject matter morphed into an abstract depiction of energy using the paint pouring technique. She found paint pouring cathartic at a time when she needed to release her frustrations the most. She has read books by Rick Cheadle and studied the works of Jackson Pollock to help her roll out new pieces.
Jack Daniel’s Corporate
>50 Private Collectors, Miami FL
> 20 Private Collectors, Fort Lauderdale FL
>15 Private Collectors, Atlanta GA
> 10 Private Collectors, Los Angelos CA
Multiple Private Collectors, Boca Raton
Private Collector, Freeport Bahamas
Private Collector, Bridgetown Barbados
Private Collector, Birmingham AL
Private Collector, Columbia SC
Survivor’s Gala, Miami FL, Dec 2018, Donated 1 work for auction
Owner + Class Instructor, YaniPaints Studio, Atlanta GA, 2017 – Present
Owner + Art Director, YKMD, Inc., Atlanta, GA, 2011 – Present
Senior Graphic Designer, InComm, Atlanta GA, 2017 – 2018
Creative Manager, NewPoint Media, Lawrenceville GA, 2017
Curator, WynCarib: Caribbean Art and Food Festival, Miami FL, 2016 – 2017
Senior Graphic Design & Marketing Asst., Industrial Division, Micro Matic Brooksville, FL, 2014 – 2016
Art Director, PW Wine Distributors, Miami FL, 2013 – 2014
M.F.A., Media Design
Full Sail University
Winter Park, FL
B.A., Studio Arts
Florida Atlantic University
Boca Raton, FL
A.A., Graphic Design
Miami Dade College