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Dr. Ron Yrabedra

Painter

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Background Information

Employment History

Affiliate Artist

LeMoyne Art Foundation

Professor of Art Education

University of Alabama

Professor

FL A&M University

Affiliations

Artist and Lecturer and Professor Emeritus
Yrabedra Studio

Member
Council on Culture & Arts

Professor Emeritus of Art Education
Florida A&M University

Principal Faculty Member for Professional Development Workshops
Florida Institute for Art Education

Founding Member
The Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science

Education

A.A. degree

art education

BFA Degree

painting and ceramics

University of Alabama

MA degree

painting and ceramics

University of Alabama

Ph.D.

University of Alabama

Ph.D.

art education

FSU

PhD

Art Education

Florida State University

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Painter Ron Yrabedra is the next talent in our Featured Artist Series for Artopia 2015. We hope you'll enjoy learning more about Ron's life and how it's influenced his creativity.


Featured Artist Series: Ron Yrabedra - Big Bend Cares

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Featured Artist Series: Ron Yrabedra

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Painter Ron Yrabedra is the next talent in our Featured Artist Series for Artopia 2015. We hope you'll enjoy learning more about Ron's life and how it's influenced his creativity.


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My mother thought I was a genius," laughs Ron Yrabedra, professor emeritus of art education at Florida A&M University.


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Yrabedra's art is a reflection of life's journey

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Ron Yrabedra's paintings of palm trees with gold leaf backgrounds are widely known.
Ron Yrabedra's paintings of palm trees with gold leaf backgrounds are widely known.
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My mother thought I was a genius," laughs Ron Yrabedra, professor emeritus of art education at Florida A&M University. "She put a chair in front of it to block the view, but whenever company would come over she'd make them look behind the chair to show off what I drew."
Yrabedra, 68, was exposed to some art throughout elementary and high school, but it was not until he got to Freed-Hardeman College in Tennessee that he took a real art class.
"I signed up for tennis, but it got cancelled, so they told me I could take anything I wanted and do my PE requirement later," he remembers. "I took a drawing and painting course, and that was it from then on. I'd always been good at art but never had the opportunity to really learn about it until then."
Yrabedra received his A.A. degree in art education, then transferred to the University of Alabama for his BFA in painting and his MFA in painting and ceramics. He began teaching elementary school art right after graduate school.
"This was during the civil rights movement in Alabama in the '60s, and I was one of the first white teachers to go into an all-black school in Tuscaloosa County," he recalls. "It was exhilarating, really, because I was exposed to things so far outside of what I was learning at the university. The first thing, of course, was the way children make art, how they draw."
In his four years teaching art in Tuscaloosa, Yrabedra says, the things he experienced affected his artwork for the rest of his life.
"One of the schools had an Episcopal minister, and his congregation made quilts, and some of the quilts were taken to Macy's in New York and sold to raise money for civil rights causes," he explains. "All the women in my own family were quilt makers, and I started becoming interested in those quilts for their designs. Before that, I'd been an abstract expressionist and thought I'd go to New York and paint. But my style and my aspirations changed with the influences right around me."
After teaching elementary art for four years, Yrabedra became a professor of art education at the University of Alabama. He quickly realized that he would need his doctorate in art education in order to continue down that path. He came to FSU to do his Ph.D. in 1973, and planned to return to the University of Alabama when he was done.
"But here's the great part," says Yrabedra. "The head of the art department at FAMU at the time, Gerald Hooper, came to my apartment and said 'Why don't you come teach with us? If you go back to Alabama, you'll just repeat what you've done already.'Â "
So Yrabedra did just that, starting at FAMU in 1974 and staying 34 years until his retirement in 2008.
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Yrabedra is known for painting palm trees, often with gold leaf backgrounds.
"One of the oldest quilt patterns was the Tree of Life, and for the past 40 years I've been painting the palm," he explains.
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Since his retirement, Yrabedra says, his artwork has become even more "poetic."
"By poetic I mean the colors are more subtle, a lot more tranquil," he explains.
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The auction will feature live entertainment and refreshments, as well as plenty of great artwork by artists such as Yrabedra, Eluster Richardson, Kenneth Falana and many others.
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Even in retirement, Yrabedra is determined to keep growing and improving his art.
"I still study every single day, and I have piles of books I order from Amazon all the time," he says.


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Ron Yrabedra's paintings of palm trees with gold leaf backgrounds are widely known.

Yrabedra's art is a reflection of life's journey
"From my earliest childhood I drew on the walls. My mother thought I was a genius," laughs Ron Yrabedra, professor emeritus of art education at Florida A&M University.

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