San Francisco Bay Area
Pacific Islander
Visual Arts

Maggie Yee

Visual Arts
San Francisco Bay Area
Pacific Islander

Artist Statement

My variety of subject matter has one thing in common, it tells a story. I am inspired by personal experience, my reaction to current events and pop culture. Thought provoking and sometimes humorous titles can give you clues as to what is going on in my paintings. However, people have made their own interpretation of the title and imagery, which sometimes surprises me. Some paintings could germinate from a photo I've taken ten years before. A photo can lie in wait for a while, a concept can float in and out of my daily life until something gels and I start sketching the basis of the painting. Often, an idea for a painting can be more spontaneous, yet the execution of that painting still takes time. Acrylic paint is my medium of choice on canvas, and an occasional mixed media style lets me express much more. I am torn between painting and the process of combining found and new objects. My paintings may take more time to create; my assemblage boxes are literally more spontaneous. Objects usually create a piece of art. I can also arrive at a title, and then construct the art from that concept. In any case the assemblage piece holds the same fate of telling a story.


Hawaiian born (1955) Maggie Yee is primarily a painter, who takes full advantage of the creative possibilities that modern acrylic materials afford. Paint and canvas provide the ideal form of expression for her stream of ideas. Partly self taught, and West Coast educated, she has been expanding, rather than transitioning, into assemblage of various types. She has had group shows in Los Gatos, Los Gatos Museum of Art, Los Angeles, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Oakland, Joyce Gordon Gallery, solo shows in Hawaii and California. After contributing many original collage works to Joe Cardella’s Art/Life” Magazine for seven years, it was time to launch “Folio 94, Conversation for Those Who Create” in Honolulu. A portable gallery style of hand bound images, 3-D design, and poems from 1992-1998. Opportunities to branch out into International Mail Art (Postal Art) arose in 1996. Explaining the natural attraction to Mail Art and assemblage, she comments, “At a very young age, I created quite a few assemblage projects, and invented various imaginary scenarios to accompany them. Not by accident, my abstract toothpick sculpture caught fire, long before Burning Man appeared.”



Los Gatos, California
It’s Personal, Los Gatos Museum of Art

Los Angeles, California
Some Assemby Required, Craft and Folk Art Museum

Oakland, California
For Colored Girls Only, A Celebration of Women, Joyce Gordon Gallery

San Francisco, California
Tiny Show, Studio Gallery
San Francisco Arts of the Pacific Show
Tiny Show, Studio Gallery
Mischief-Character Based Art, Studio Gallery
A Place of Her Own, Driftwood Gallery
Mischief-Character Based Art, Studio Gallery
Delicious, Studio Gallery
2007 & 2008
Tiny Show, Studio Gallery
Mischief-Character Based Art, Studio Gallery
14 Helens Agree, Gallery with Pretentious Sounding Name
Salvage, Studio Gallery
Mischief-Character Based Art, Studio Gallery

Santa Cruz, California
Small Wonders, Santa Cruz Art League
Best of Show: Furs, Flippers, Feathers & Fuzz, Pajaro Val. Arts Council Gallery
Dia De Los Muertos VIII, Michael Angelo Studio & Gallery
Mi Casa es Tu Casa-Common Ground, Pajaro Valley Arts Council Gallery
Arts of the Left Coast, First Studio Group Show
Multiples: Variation on a Theme, Pajaro Valley Arts Council
A Look at Human Rights, SC Chapter of the United Nations Association
Dia De Los Muertos, Museum of Art and History
Mi Casa es Tu Casa, Pajaro Valley Arts Council Gallery
Some Assembly Required, Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery
Altogether: Collage/Assemblage, Santa Cruz Art League
Collision, Mill Gallery
Mi Casa Es Tu Casa, Pajaro Valley Arts Council
Day of the Dead IV, Michael Angelo Studio & Gallery
Petite Treasures, Michael Angelo Studio & Gallery
Fashion Show, Michael Angelo Studio & Gallery
Mi Casa Es Tu Casa, Pajaro Valley Arts Council
Dia De Los Muertos III, Michael Angelo Studio & Gallery
Dia De Los Muertos II, Michael Angelo Studio & Gallery
Dia De Los Muertos, Michael Angelo Studio & Gallery

Honolulu, Hawaii
Fashion Victim, Sisu Gallery
Shaka Da Nu Uncensored, Sisu Gallery
Shaka Da Nu, Queen Emma Gallery, Queens Medical Center 1997
Folio 94 Third Anniversary, Coffee Time Cafe
The Contemporary Show, Waikiki Alana Hotel
Folio 94 Second Anniversary, Waikiki Alana Hotel
Day of the Dead, Not Only for Mexico (organizer and exhibitor)
Turn the Page, Honolulu State Library
Recycle Art 96, Honolulu Hale
Sustaining Momentum, Natl. Organization for Women,Gallery on The Pali
Twin Sister Illustrators Show, Waikiki Alana Hotel
Renewal & Beginnings, Borders, Ward Centre
Folio 94 First Anniversary, Gallery on the Pali
Cargo Cult, Flux Studio Gallery
Flux, Flux Studio Gallery
Pauahi Tower

1985 – 1990
Design House
Studio 83, Annual Fall Shows
Buenaventura Art Association
Ventura College Student Art Show, Ventura


2012 Le Cigare Volant
2002 X Cafe

1997 McHale Video Film Studio
1995 Tri Espresso Cafe
Hon Blue
1994 Paul Brown’s Salon
Verbano Restaurant
1993 Mary Anne George
Steven Michaels
Coffee Talk Coffee House
1992 Ventura County Government Center
1991 Wheeler Hot Springs Restaurant, Ojai
Double Tree Hotel Gallery Restaurant



2010 – 2012 Pajaro Valley Arts Council, Watsonville, Ca., member
2009 – present Asian American Women Art Association, San Francisco, Ca., member
2005 – 2007 Day of the Dead IV, Michael Angelo Studio & Gallery,
1998 – 2012 Museum of Art and History of Santa Cruz, volunteer member
1994 – 1998 FOLIO 94 “Conversation for Those Who Create” Quarterly. A limited edition quarterly of original art and poetry. Publisher & contributor
1991 – 2000 ART/LIFE MAGAZINE, Monthly
“Communication For The Creative Mind”, Contributing artist, International
1988 – 1992 Studio 83 artist co-op member
Exhibiting and board member, Ventura, Ca.
1988 – 1990 Buenaventura Art Association, exhibiting member, Ventura, Ca.


2002 Body Positive, Santa Cruz Aids Project, Michael Angelo Studio & Gallery
1994 Absolute Vodka Fund Raiser, Honolulu Club and Art Expo 94 and 95
1989 – 1992 Big Brother/Big Sister Art Auction Fund Raiser, Ventura, Ca.
1991 Art and Antiques for Aids Auction Fund Raiser, Ventura, Ca.


2011 Santa Cruz Sentinel, Altar-ed Consciousness
2009 Art Week, Some Assembly Required
1997 Honolulu Star Bulletin, This Gallery Sits in Your Lap
1997 Honolulu Star Bulletin, Standing Up to the Fashion Police
1996 The Honolulu Advertiser, Artists Provide ‘Shaka Da Nu’
1995 Honolulu Star Bulletin, ‘Cargo’ Stuff
1991 The Los Angeles Times, Art For Dinner