Yella, born Daniela Lopez, is a Mexican-American, internationally celebrated artist from Midvale, Utah. Like most creatives, Yella's passion for the arts began as early as she could pick up a pencil. Her creative drive kept her immersed in the arts all the way up to her college years. After spending time in Las Vegas & Los Angeles studying Design, Yella returned to her hometown determined to pursue her passion of artistry.
A playful curiosity and infatuation for various mediums combined with an obsession of facial features ultimately began paving Yella's career path. If she was not primping a canvas, she was primping a face. Since 2012, Yella balanced her multi-faceted career as an evolving artist while simultaneously contributing her creativity to representing the global brand Chanel. In January 2020, Yella joined the Louis Vuitton brand as Regional Artisan hand painter, representing the luxury fashion house as 1 of 12 hand-selected Louis Vuitton artists in the United States.
Yella's work is a reflection of her profound love for music, culture and sports along with the power they possess to connect and bring people together. Through her work, Yella hopes to inspire all creatives- especially our youth- to courageously fight for their dreams, fulfill their own expectations, break through social and cultural barriers and blaze their own paths. The world is yours.
Who is Yella?
The nickname was given by her parents as a child and has been used by those closest to her ever since. As she works, Daniela pours so much of herself into each piece that through this closeness it only feels right to sign & seal them as such.
Yella's portfolio is comprised of designing, creating and delivering a wide range of artwork and creative concepts for a vast clientele comprised of personal collectors, global brands/corporations, published authors, entertainers & influencers, professional athletes and various NBA franchises including the Utah Jazz, Houston Rockets, Minnesota Timberwolves & Philadelphia 76ers. Yella offers expertise in diverse mediums ranging from oil & acrylic paintings on canvas- to designing concepts for visual photography, fashion design and marketing.
- NBA Allstar Weekend Solo Exhibition- Salt Lake City - February 2023
- Showcase at Art Basel Miami - Fontainebleau, Miami Beach - 2018
- Yao Ming Retirement Ceremony - Houston Rockets - Toyota Center - 2017
- Showcased in NYC Soho Fashion District -Greene St - Spring/Fall 2016
In 2017, Yella received worldwide recognition when she was commissioned to create a one of a kind piece to honor NBA legend Yao Ming. The piece was presented to the Hall of Famer during his jersey retirement ceremony during halftime at the Houston Rockets game on February 3, 2017. A historic moment in the NBA broadcasted live around the world.
In December 2018, Yella's work was showcased at Art Basel Miami. The most widely anticipated & celebrated art week in the world. You can view her work hanging publicly at Broadway Media & Vivint Smart Home Arena in SLC, Utah and Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.
In October 2020, a profile piece was written about Yella and published & featured by En Fuego & Sports Illustrated. A lifelong dream come true.