AnaYelsi’s passion for liberating justice work often seeps into her creative endeavors – resulting in art that provides a commentary on human nature with a focus on identity and the pursuit of social justice. She is self-taught and has been painting professionally for nearly a decade. Her work has been showcased in places like Orlando City Hall and in galleries such as CityArts Factory. She has also been featured in multi-artist shows in both Washington, DC and Orlando, FL.
“People inspire me. I don’t think they realize how truly amazing they are and I love watching the way the people around me interact and express themselves. I love those special moments when I see “average” people be inspiring in their own unique way. It’s beautiful.” – AnaYelsi Velasco-Sanchez
Title: Isolation, 20×20, $350 plus S&H
Title: Las Cuatro Libertades, 30×40, SOLD
Title: Six Feet Size: 16×20 Inches Price: $290 plus S&H
Title: Drowning In HopeSize: 22×28 inches Price: $512 SOLD “I started painting it at 1am because I was so agitated I couldn’t sleep. Good Friday is a time to consider grief and loss. I think of the pain the women at the cross must have felt watching the breathe leave Jesus’ body. How excruciating it must have been to hold onto the belief that he was still with them when his body held no life. I think of the pain of those who are ill, those who have passed away, and those that have lost loved ones to Covid-19. Those that are afraid of how they’re going to feed their families this month when they can’t leave their home and go to work. Those that still have to go and don’t have the resources they need to stay safe. Those left forgotten in prisons and detainment centers. Those that feel trapped in their anxiety and fear because of this global pandemic. We’re told to hold onto hope but you can drown in hope. It’s hard to hope when you don’t see an end in sight. It’s hard to hope when the loss is so real. It’s okay to name that. It’s okay to try and hope but not want to drown in it.”
“These Walls”, 18×24, $374 plus S&H – These Walls is a condemnation of the physical and social walls that have been created to other immigrants. The letters and numbers on the painting each hold meaning. *52,722 – an estimate of the number of people in detainment as of September 10, 2019 *JML – Johana Medina Leon was a transgender asylum seeker from El Salvador that died this year in ICE custody *10,8,2,16 – the ages of just some of the children that died this year while in detainment *LAT – Luis Alonzo Tábora was shot and killed in 2019 less than a day after being deported back to Hondorus.
“Brown Girl Speaking”, 18×24, SOLD – BGS is a continuation of the Brown Girl series that began with “Brown Girl Worshipping”. Her earrings say Articulate and Aggressive – a reclamation of two labels often attributed to WoC whenever they utilize their voice.
“CLM”, 20×20, $350 plus S&H – CLM is an outpouring of the artist’s fear and pain watching what the current administration is subjecting fellow immigrants and asylum- seekers to -both documented and undocumented.
“Queerly Beloved”, 20×24, $410 plus S&H- This piece was painted during the special session of the United Methodist Church 2019 General conference in response to the continued in growing debate over the decision of whether or not to ordain and marry LGBTQ people in the UMC. It is titled after a faith- based LGBTQ clothing started by friends of the artist, Kevin Garcia and Donald Scherschligt, and dedicated to the LGBTQ Christian community that has so lovingly adopted her into their chosen family.
“Remaining Here In All My TOO MUCH” (wired to hang) SOLD
“Untitled, 18×24 (wired to hang), SOLD
“Resist to Exist”, 22×28 (wired to hang), $512 plus S&H- One of the key global issues today is violence against women- their bodies, minds and spirits. Throughout the world, women of color in particular pay the price of systemic patriarchy and misogyny. This can be understood as the intersections between racism, colonization and sexism. Colonization is not only a past historical process of domination violently imposed on black and brown bodies; it’s a systemic structure that continues to oppress and control their lives. Seeing and valuing our bodies outside of the dominant culture’s lens is an act of resistance and healing.
Untitled, 18×24, $374 plus S&H
“Brown Girl Worshipping”, SOLD – This painting is a visual representation of an article of the same name that AnaYelsi wrote for the CCDA Theological Journal: 2015 Edition. The article described AnaYelsi’s lived experience in regards to how spiritual and psychological safety often elude Women of Color who worship and labor in Christian congregations and social justice organizations.
“Hands Up. Fists Up.”, 22×28 (wired to hang), $512 plus S&H – This piece is an outpouring of the pain, anger, and defiance that built as the resistance efforts of 2014 unfolded. It was created in honor of victims of police brutality and it is a statement of resistance for Black and Brown freedom fighters who have watched their people be brutalized, killed and abused by a system and a culture that does not recognize their full humanity.
“Foremothers”, 28×30 (wired to hang), $680 plus S&H – Foremothers is a visual love letter, a thank you, to Indigenous and Latinx ancestors and elders. It includes: Dolores Huerta, Digna Ochoa, Rigoberta Menchu, Argelia Laya, Berta Caceres, Estela Barnes de Carlotto, Sylvia Rivera, Gloria Anzaldúa, Cherríe Moraga, Dr. Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz, and Frida Kahlo
“Wake Up, Isaac”, 16×20. $290 plus S&H
“Sin Papeles. Sin Miedo.”, 14×18, SOLD
“Lily Rising”, 11×14, SOLD
“The Struggle”, 12×24 (wired to hang), $266 plus S&H
“Glorias”, 20×20 (wired to hang), $350.00 plus S&H- This piece was created in honor of Women's History Month and two incredible women who paved the way for modern feminism. Gloria Steinem who inspires us to use our voices to create change and shape politics and Gloria Anzaldúa who inspires us to honor and celebrate our cultural identities as we discover our power as women.
“Resurrection of Hope”, 16×20, SOLD
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