Born in Czechoslovakia in 1920, Yolanda Fusco came to New York City at the age of ten, and she started painting at the age of twelve. She studied at the Art Students League with Ernest Fiene, Harry Sternberg, and Vaclao Vytlacil, and also studied textile design at Pratt Institute.
She then worked in textile design, and taught art clubs and adult education. She married a chemist and had two children.
She first visited Monhegan at the urging of artist friends in the summer of 1959 and became a founding member of the Women Artists of Monhegan Island.
In an explanation of her theory of art, Fusco said she liked to simplify things. "Like poetry, a painting should be the essence of thought and vision. That's how I feel about it."
She died in Scarborough Maine, August 2009.
Village Art Center Gallery, New York City
Elmont Library, Long Island, NY
Waldinger Memorial Library
1993 – Art League of Daytona Beach
Two Person Shows:
1985 – Hewlitt-Woodmere Public Library, Long Island, NY
1986 – Art League of Daytona Beach, Florida
C.W. Post College, Long Island, NY
North Shore Artists, Long Island, NY
Heckscher Museum, Long Island, NY
Farleigh Dickinson University, New Jersey
Columbia University, New York City
Lever House, New York City
Audubon Artists, New York City
National Association of Women Artists Group and Traveling Exhibitions
Adelphi University, Soho, New York City
On Island, Women Artists of Monhegan, Portland, ME
Monhegan Museum of Art and History
Owen Art Gallery at Gould Academy
New York City Scholarship to Art Students League of New York
1962 – Top Award – Watercolor – Village Art Center Gallery
1966 – 1st Prize, Black & White – Long Island Art League, NY
1979 – Sarah Winston Memorial Award – Oil, N.A.W.A.
1981 – Sadie and Max Tesser Award – Audubon Artists, NY
1984 – Pen and Brush Women – Merit Award – Daytona, Florida
1986 – William Rahl Award – Watercolor – Daytona Art League, Florida
1987 – Pen and Brush Women – Litho – Best in Show – Daytona, Florida
1988 – Recognition Award – Oil – Daytona, Florida
1990 – Recognition Award – Monoprint– Daytona, Florida
1993 – Merit Award – Nassau County Museum
National Association of Women Artists
Long Island Art League
New York Artists Equity
Life Member – Art Students League of New York
Monhegan Artists Summer Listing – Monhegan Island, Maine
1979 – National Association of Women Artists Catalog
1981 – Audubon Artists Catalog