Yahaira Maduro I am an autodidact visual artist, born and raised in Aruba, a tiny island in the Dutch Caribbean. Since I was a child, I have always loved to draw, color and paint, using mainly vibrant colors. After studying and living in the Netherlands, I returned to Aruba to pursue my career as a Legal specialist. Still art remained one of my true passions and in my free time I started painting more often and experimenting with different styles, using mostly acrylics as a creative medium, since 2009. My artwork is found in several homes and offices in Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao and the Netherlands. I have also designed greeting cards, carnival costumes and done several other commissioned works, namely for the Governor and the Courthouse of Aruba. I am a child at heart whose creative spirit sparks out the best through abstract expression, in particular action-painting. Most of my inspiration comes from how I feel. Colors, energy and movement play a major part in my paintings. They assist me in communicating the story that I am trying to tell. I often choose for bold colors and daring color combinations in my artwork. I also love to use plenty layers of paint to add texture, depth and contrast to my work. I do this by pouring and splashing slightly liquid acrylic paint onto a horizontal surface, since this enables me to view and paint my canvases from all angles. In December 2020, I had my first solo exhibition, “Joie de Vivre”, in Aruba and I am just starting to also display my art in international exhibitions. It is my purpose to transmit happiness, love, hope, new energy, power, courage, passion and freedom through my paintings. My art is therefore my way of putting a smile on people’s faces.