Yvette Molina’s work rises from her deep fascination with plant life. Over the past eight years the artist has created a series of plant portraits that blend traditions of scientific record making with personal reflections on the natural world.  In addition to her paintings, Molina creates and maintains a collection of terrariums and living plant “collages” as source material. More recently she has extended her practice into the sphere of public art.

Yvette Molina is held in numerous collections including Lynda and Stewart Resnick of Los Angeles, California, The Rogers Family Foundation in Oakland, California and the American Embassy in Riga, Latvia. She has displayed her work across the US and internationally at venues such as the Legion of Honor and de Young Art Center where she was an Artist in Residence, the Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii, and the American Embassy in Montevideo, Uruguay. She studied painting at the University of Dayton, Ohio, and attended the Norfolk Institute of Art and Design, Norfolk, England, and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Angers, France. Molina currently splits her time between Oakland, California and Amsterdam, Netherlands.




2011Circlesaints  Two Person Exhibition with Mike Meyers, Johansson Projects, Oakland, CA

2009Green Mansions  Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2008Tickling Thicket  Two Person Exhibition with Katy Stone, Johansson Projects, Oakland, CA

The Ceding Sky  Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2007Summer Solos  Pro Arts, Oakland, CA

2006The Garden of Sorts  Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2005Last Light  Cecile Moochnek Gallery, Berkeley, CA

2004Unquiet Preserve  Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Desire’s Receding Outline  Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA

2003Vespertine  Legion of Honor and the de Young Art Center, San Francisco, CA



2011Outlandish  Bedford Gallery at the Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA

2010Knowledge Hacking  Wonderarium, Worth Ryder Gallery, UC Berkeley, CA

Secret Drawings  Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA

San Francisco Art Fair  Johansson Projects, San Francisco, CA

2009NADA Art Fair  Johansson Projects, Miami, FL

NEXT Art Fair  Johansson Projects, Chicago, IL

Collective Compulsions  Johansson Projects, Oakland, CA

Speak for the Trees  Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, ID

2008Aqua Art Fair  Johansson Projects, Miami, FL

Biophilia  Root Division, San Francisco, CA

2007Excavations  Johansson Projects, Oakland, CA

Pillow Talk  Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2006The World Domination of Painting (and Drawing)  Ego Park, Oakland, CA

New Visions: Introductions  Pro Arts, Oakland, CA, Juried by Gary Sangster, Director, Headlands Center for the Arts, Dennis O’Leary, Director, Djerrassi Residential Artists Program

Through the Trees, Anne Reed Gallery, Sun Valley, ID

ConTempoRarities 2006, The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Hawai’i

Virus, Lobot Gallery, Oakland, CA

2005AAF Contemporary Art Fair, New York, NY

Selections, LIMN Gallery, Juried by Meredith Tromble, CCA, SFAI, and Mills College,

Rene de Guzman, Visual Arts Curator, Yerba Buena Center, Christine Duvall, Director, LIMN

2004Nature Fantastique, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA



2011Mobile Plant Ambassador Procession, Molina/Filley, October Art Murmur, Oakland, CA

2010Monster Drawing Rally, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA

Green Prix SJ01 Festival Mobile Plant Ambassador +Succulent Circus, Molina/Filley, San Jose, CA

Academy of Sciences NightLife, Mobile Plant Ambassador + Succulent Circus, Molina/Filley, San Francisco, CA

Exploratorium AfterDark: Nomadic Communities, +Succulent Circus, Molina/Filley, San Francisco, CA

East Bay mini-Maker Faire, Mobile Plant Ambassador +Succulent Circus, Molina/Filley, Oakland, CA

San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers, Mobile Plant Ambassador, Molina/Filley, San Francisco, CA

2005Projection/Performance, Collaboration with cellist Zoe Keating, 964 Natoma, San Francisco, CA



2012Alameda County Arts Commission, Purchase Award, Oakland, CA

2007/09Art in Embassies Program, United States Embassy, Montevideo, Uruguay

2009Included in: “Speak for the Trees”, Published by Marquand Books, Seattle, WA, and Friesen Gallery, Seattle, WA

2006Jentel Artist Residency, Jentel Foundation, WY

2004/05Artist In Residence, ArtSpan Art For Inner City Youth, San Francisco, CA

2003Artist Residency, Legion of Honor and the de Young Art Center, San Francisco, CA



2011East Bay Express, “Earth Orbits” November issue, by DeWitt Cheng

Oakland SWEE(t)ART, “Top Ten Shows of 2011”, December 31, by Obi Kaufmann

East Bay Monthly, Critics Choice, December issue, by Theo Konrad Auer

Walnut Creek Patch, “Blowing the Lid of Landscape”, July 9, by Lou Fancher

2010Oakland Tribune, by Sean Maher*

Peninsula Press, “3,000 lb Wonderarium Could Float…”, October 26, by Kelsey Williams

SF Gate, “Artists set Lake Merritt Terrarium project afloat”, September 25, by Ted Trautman

2008art ltd. Magazine, National Reviews, December issue, by David M. Roth

Flavorpill, by Jeanne Storck

2007Shotgun Review, by Chaz Reetz-Laiolo

East Bay Express, by Jakki K. Spicer

Piedmont Post, by Isabelle Ringer

2006L.A. Times, by Holly Myers

East Bay Express, by Jakki K. Spicer

2005Artweek, by Frank Cebulski

Artweek, by Frank Cebulski

2004Pacifica Tribune, by Cheryl Coons

2003The Contra Costa Times, by Robert Taylor


Lynda and Stewart Resnick, Los Angeles, CA
Dominic and Jennifer Surprenant, Malibu, CA
Ian Lock, Perth, Australia
Kristin van Ogtrop, Editor, Real Simple Magazine, New York, NY
Art in Embassies Permanent Collection, American Embassy, Riga Latvia
The Rogers Family Foundation, Oakland, CA
Franklin Companies, Los Angeles, CA
Kirkland and Ellis, San Francisco, CA
The Law Society of Upper Canada, Ontario, Canada
The Peninsula Hotel, Hong Kong



2010Knowledge Hacking Art/Science Panel, Berkeley, CA

Wonderarium Workshops, UC Botanical Garden, Berkeley, CA

2007/09Guest Lecturer, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA

2007Guest Lecturer, Rio Hondo College, Whittier, CA

Artist Mentor, The Art Institute of Boston, Boston, MA

2003Artist Talk, DeYoung Art Center, San Francisco, CA

Artist Demonstration, Legion of Honor Fine Art Museum, San Francisco, CA



1994Ecole de Beaux Arts, Angers, France, Painting

1993/94Norfolk Institute of Art and Design, Norwich, England, Painting

1991/93University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio, Painting


Johansson Projects, Oakland, California
Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, California
Anne Reed Gallery, Sun Valley, Idaho