I am a photography artist doing abstract expressionist artwork. I am drawn to discovering the occult, the ephemeral details that coexist in all landscape and we so often miss. I was born and educated in Puerto Rico; have travelled widely and lived in Italy and England while doing academic work. I studied and work as a Montessori teacher for some years and for the last 16 years a
I have devoted myself to developing my "foto arte" endeavors as an artist. I consider my work to be unconventional and I strive to express my awe and fascination with nature in my photos.
I attended University of Puerto Rico (BA, magna cum laude), Center for Advanced Studies of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean (Masters courses) and then moved to Italy to study Montessori Elementary education. She studied photography at UPR, Liga de Arte de PR, NYU summer course, and has been very active attending photography workshops in Iceland, Yellowstone and Maine.
I have exhibited in four International Photography BIENNIALS in Puerto Rico, Berlin, Germany and Malaga, Spain. My, artwork is in several private collections in Spain, United States and P.R.PR and in the United States.
I have also received awards and recognitions from prestigious organization like Lenswork, Spotlight magazine, The Hand magazine, Circle Foundation for the Arts, Grand Prix de la Decouverte in Paris, France ,IPA, International Photography Awards in NY (Lucie Foundation). Has exhibited in several galleries in Puerto Rico: Pamil Fine Arts, Casa Escuté Museum, and twice at Comisión Estatal de Elecciones in San Juan.
The 2016 year has been particularly active in exhibitions in galleries and museums as a result of her membership in the AAPPR "Asociación de Artistas Plásticos de Puerto Rico".
My photo book and literary project on gender, "Borrando Géneros" / "Erasing Gender" was published by Palabra Portico Editores in 2015, and was very active presenting the photo book in Museums, Universities and book stores. In late 2016, 13 of her artworks were published to illustrate Luis A. Polanco's literary book titled "Rastros de Sombra en la Arena" and received an important Award from organization of Latino Literature.
My artwork was also published in "Arte Latinoamericano" magazine and curated by well known spanish Art Prof. Laura Bravo. Have also been published by Black and White photography magazine and National Geographic Traveller magazine.
Prestigious IPA Awards (International Photographers Awards) granted my artwork a Second Place Award in 2012 for her photograph in the nature-aerial category; and a Merit Award in 2013 in the Architecture Bridges category. In 2013 received an Honorable Mention from Lucie Foundation and an important "Photographer of the Year 2012" Award from 4th Pollux. In the 6th Pollux Awards, 2014, UK, her work "Sugerencias 5" received First Place Award, Abstract, Professional. A year later, this art piece was exhibited in Malaga Museum, Spain, during the 3rd International Photographic BIENNIAL.
Also received a Juror Award of Merit, from IPA International Fine Art Photography, Grand Prix de la Decouverte, for her photo "Erasing Gender"; Paris, France; 2013.
You are invited to enjoy some of her artworks at her webpage haydeeyordan.artspan.com .
--University of Puerto Rico, BA
--University of Puerto Rico, Law School courses
--New York University, NYU, Photography Summer course
--Centro de Estudios PR y Caribe, Masters
--Centro Internationale Study Montessoriani, Italy, AMS Certified
--Photography Workshops in Cape Cod, Boston and workshops in Iceland, PR, Yellowstone and Grand Tetons in US.
--In 2016 her artwork has been exhibited in several galleries in Puerto Rico: Pamil Fine Art, Casa Escuté in Carolina and twice at the Comisión Estatal de Elecciones Art Gallery.
--In 2016 has been lecturer on her Phonebook on Gender "Borrando Géneros" or "Erasing Gender" at the University of Puerto Rico's UNE.
--In 2014 Exhibited two artworks in Malaga Museum in Spain.
--In 2016 will be exhibiting in 4th International BIENNIAL of Photography in Berlin Museum in Germany.
--In 2015 published photo book "Erasing Gender" "Borrando Generos , publisher Palabra Portico Editores.
--In 2015 has been presenting her photo book in Museums, bookstores and Universities.
--In 2014 exhibited and pre-presentation of artwork on gender in a solo exhibition at El Candil, Ponce, Puerto Rico 4.
First recognition Yordan's work received was a contact from National Geographic Traveler Magazine to buy and publish one of her images; this resulted in the classic example of how a small photo would result in a big boost for someone's confidence and career. Since then, her abstract water and sand images have been exhibited in galleries in Puerto Rico, Florida, Vermont, and California.
Yordan received two awards from B&W COLOR magazine, a Merit Award and a Silver Award in the category of "Abstracts and Metaphor" from COLOR magazine. She received a very valued invitation by Analog Press Literary Journal's Co-Director and artist Lau Haaning, to collaborate as fine art photographer in the online literary project.
Prestigious IPA Awards (International Photographers Awards) granted Yordan a Second Place Award in 2012 for her photograph in the nature-aerial category; and a Merit Award in 2013 in the Architecture Bridges category. In 2013 her work received an Honorable Mention from Lucie Foundation and an important "Photographer of the Year 2012" Award from the UK prestigious 4th Pollux Awards. In the 6th Pollux Awards, 2014, UK, her work "Sugerencias 5" received First Place Award, Abstract, Professional. A year later this art piece was exhibited in Malaga Museum, Spain, during the 3rd International Photographic BIENNIAL. In 2015 Awarded Yordan "Winner" price in the Abstract Category.
Her artwork was published in "Latin American Art Magazine" and curated by well known spanish Art Prof. Laura Bravo.
Yordan received a Juror Award of Merit, from International Fine Art Photography, Grand Prix de la Decouverte, for her photo "Erasing Gender"; Paris, France; 2013.
Yordan has participated in Puerto Rico's Biennials of Photography. Twice her work has been juried and exhibited in VII and VIII International Photographic Biennial of Puerto Rico, the most prestigious fine art photography local activity.
At present, Haydee Yordan's very demanding photographic and literary project on gender, "Borrando Géneros" / "Erasing Gender" has been published by
Palabra Portico Editores. She is actively presenting the photo book in Museums, Universities and book stores.
LIST OF EXHIBITIONS, SHOWS, AWARDS & PUBLICATIONS
Exhibition and Publication: Project in Progress about Gender, 2013
Award: Juror Award of Merit, International Fine Art Photography Competition,
Grand Prix de la Decouverte, Paris, France; 2013.
Publication: Latin American Art Magazine, Curated by Prof. Laura Bravo, 2013.
Award: Lucie Foundation, Honorable Mention Lucie Awards, Category: Architecture
(Bridges); N. Y., 2013.
Collection: Private Corporate Art Collection (A.I.G.); 14 photos acquired by AIG;
New York, NY. 2013.
Collection: Private Collector (Blanco, Millie); 1 photo, San Juan, P. R.
Award: Photographer of the Year, 4th Pollock Awards, UK, 2012.
Exhibition: VIII International Biennial of Photography of Puerto Rico, Juried,
Museum of The Americas; 5 photos; San Juan, P.R., 2012
Collection: Private Corporate Collection; 8 photos, Gastro Office, Ponce, P. R. 2012.
Collection: Private Family Collection; 2 photos, San Juan, P. R., 2012.
Exhibition: 20-Tu Collective Invitational Exhibition, Casa Jefferson Gallery, San
Juan, Puerto Rico
Exhibition: Vermont Photo Place, “Water” Exhibition, Juried by Connie Imboden,
Exhibition: Coastal Arts League Gallery and Museum, Juried Collective Exhibition,
John Kellicut International Photo Exhibition, San Mateo, California
Shows: Fotovisura Pavillion Consultation and Review, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Award: I.P.A. International Photography Awards, Second Place Award, Category:
Nature – Aerial Non-Pro
Award: B&W Color Magazine, Silver Award - 2012, Category: Metaphor Abstract,
Issue 90, Page, 202, April, 2012
Award: Mike Moats Macro Contest Award, “Mud”, second place, 2012
Publication: Analog Press Literary Journal, 3rd Edition, Featured Photographer,
photos and poem.
Show: Grand Prix de la Decouverte, Finalist, Paris, France; 2012.
Participation: Guatefoto; Guatemala, 2012.
Participation: Photo España , Transatlantica, 2012.
Exhibition: Virtukale Art Gallery, Contemporary Art Gallery, Miami, Florida
Exhibition: Artelier Gallery at Airport, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Exhibition: Pamil Fine Art Gallery, Collective Exhibition “Diaspora”, San Juan,
Publication: COLOR Magazine, Edition 86, Oct, 2011, Pages 228 – 229.
Award: COLOR Magazine, Merit Award, Oct. 2011
Exhibition: VII International Biennial of Photography of Puerto Rico, Juried,
Museum of The Americas, Puerto Rico
Exhibition: Vermont Photo Place, “Color, the Spice of Light”, Juried Collective
Exhibition, Middlebury, Vermont
Exhibition: Brio Gallery, “Hearts” Collective Art Exhibition
Exhibition: Pamil Fine Art Gallery, Juried, “Aroma del Color” (Scent of Color)
Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
Show: Fotofest; Fotofest Portfolio Review, Houston, Texas
Publication: National Geographic Traveler Magazine, Culebra Island, January-
Publication: Photo Calendar 2010, Red Bubble Art Community, Australia
Publication: Raquel Torres Arzola, Newspaper Article; “La Bienal Internacional de
Fotografía de Puerto Rico”, “En Rojo” Journal, January, 20-26, 2011
Exhibition: Brio Gallery, Collective Contemporary Art Exhibition, San Juan, Puerto
Show: Sociedad de Fotografía Artística de Puerto Rico, Portfolio Review,
Contemporary Art Museum, Santurce, Puerto Rico
Solo Exhibition: University of Puerto Rico, Law School – ANDA; Solo Exhibition
on environmental issues, Puerto Rico
1987 – 2007
Blessed by a multiple pregnancy, I dedicated my time and energy to the new familiar situation, during which my lenses only focused on children’s faces. Took me some years to go back to creative art and to shift to digital photography technology. What seemed as a detour resulted in a powerful spark towards fine art photography.
1982 – 1986
Publication: Portraits. Worked as Academic Director of the N.E.M. (New Montessori
School). Photography was always present, as I was responsible for taking the
equivalent of the School Days annual portraits of each of the students.