(Courtesy of Yaeli Fine Art) Yaeli. A symbol, a signature and a name which has been taking people by storm. Yaeli Vogel, a fine artist, is a young and passionate entrepreneur, who reaches and inspires thousands daily through social media, including Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook and Pinterest.
Vogel grew up in Brooklyn, where she experienced a wide variety of cultures. She always loved art and had a natural talent for it, but never thought it would be a lucrative career choice. The voice to paint, which was very faint, started surfacing while Vogel felt anxious, in a world where she was seeing the color grey. There was something missing. Soon the voice began to scream, and it was too loud to ignore. That’s when Vogel took out her paints and started experimenting. She dabbled for hours; Time had no meaning. Color was in her world, and the grey faded fast.
Vogel’s personality can be compared to fire, power, potential and passion. Painting as a hobby was not going to cut it for this artrepreneur. Starting in 2016, just three and a half years ago, Vogel decided to get to work and put all her talent and skills into play. She began building a website and growing her social media following, and people began talking. Her art reaches thousands daily, pulling on their heartstrings and people just can’t seem to get enough. It captures their attention by giving their life more meaning and draws them in to a new reality.
This summer, Yaeli Fine Art (YFA) opened the doors to its first gallery in Cedarhurst. The gallery opening night was exciting and sophisticated, complete with a photo shoot for guests, amazing cocktails named after Vogel’s own masterpieces and a guitarist. The event was packed with an enthusiastic crowd of excited collectors who were thrilled to see all the works in one space.
Vogel displays her signature not only on the bottom right corner of a canvas, but with every stroke in the painting. Her work syncs with people’s emotions and reaches those who are searching. Different pieces jump out at different people enabling so many personalities to connect through her work.
Art is a teleportation for the soul. Each one of Vogel’s paintings are masterpieces created from her inner soul. Hard times, happy times, frustrations, celebrations, doubts and insecurities are all stroked off the brush, into worlds of their own and then hung on a wall to live on.
Vogel’s’s style is abstract, making the viewer think and see. Many paintings, such as “Inner Happiness and Paradox in Color” have a whole different meaning when you look closely. There’s more than meets the eye. There are some pieces that are left to be interpreted by the viewer. Vogel has her meaning for them but doesn’t want to limit the viewer’s interpretation. She wants them to get lost in their inner world. Everyone goes somewhere deep. She has a whole collection of paintings titled “Dancers” in which you can find what looks like mosaic pieces but stepping back viewers see a few men dancing with their arms around each other in a colorful, vibrant background.
As a religious artist, most of Vogel’s art is biblical and saturated with meaning. She has a collection of “The Red Sea” paintings and a collection of “The Matriarchs.” Vogel can bring forth old biblical concepts and transform them into modern art, making them relevant for today, like the magnificent King David painting hanging in the gallery. This piece weaves the royalty and hardships of the famous king while representing his spirit animal. It bridges the old and new with its abstract and modern vibe. Vogel also paints many Jerusalem scenes, which represent various sentimental spots and her love for the city.
Vogel keeps up with her creative process while juggling a family of four boys at home. Vogel’s children are, as she likes to say, “my greatest masterpieces.”
As a wife and a mother of four boys, it’s challenging to run her art career and give each kid the attention and love that they deserve. Vogel thinks of her art like a fifth child and feels that motherhood and painting are similar; Both need attention and devotion to live and thrive. She is an inspiration to all mothers out there who crave more in their life, but don’t want anything getting in the way of their time with their family. Like Vogel says, “Not easy, but possible!”
Many people wonder where Vogel was trained, both in art and business. The answer is nowhere. Vogel is completely self-taught! From books and podcasts about business to trial and error with art. To Vogel, there is no error in art. Each time something doesn’t come out the way it was planned she just runs with it and the painting takes on a new personality until it becomes an unplanned masterpiece.
“So many of my paintings, in essence, emerged because of their mistakes,” said Vogel.
Her popular piece “Prayer by the Candles” was originally planned a certain way, but a mistake meant a change in plans, which led to an abstract look of a woman lighting candles.
On YFA’s website there is a weekly blog run by Vogel. She gives a look behind the scenes, at her inspiration and her personal life. Vogel’s outlook on life is empowering, “Life is so like a painting—it’s not perfect but it’s beautiful.”
She wants her art which hangs on people’s walls to serve as a constant reminder of that concept.
Vogel’s signature is widely recognized. Ivanka Trump has purchased a painting from Vogel of Ivanka praying at the Western Wall. This past April, she did a live painting for an audience in Mexico and has a wide variety of collectors ranging from New York, to Australia and the UK. Ironically, her last two originals sold to buyers from her hometown and she has begun designing products for companies, like a calendar, planner, placemats and prints for a clothing line.
Every season, YFA puts out a product appropriate for the upcoming holiday. In April, Vogel released a Haggadah, designed and created entirely by her. This season she released simanim cards, which list the blessings made over specific symbolic foods. She also has a collection of sukkah art that is available before the October holiday.
To see Vogel’s work, visit her website, https://yaelivogel.com, or pop into any of her social sites where she can always be found @yaelivogal.