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Commission for Axl Rose

I was commissioned to paint a design on a leather jacket for hard rock music legend Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses. To get the effect I envisioned, I learned to use airbrush, which was used to apply paint for the background flames behind two fighting dragons.

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ArtSpan Amplify Award
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The above work, Dancing with the Stars #5, was selected for a Juror's Award at the Artspan Exhibit - it is an honor to be selected, given the large number of talented Open Studios artists in San Francisco.  

ArtSpan invites prominent Bay Area arts and culture luminaries to the SFOS Exhibition to each select one artwork to receive their AMPLIFY: Juror's Choice Awards. Through these recognitions, jurors amplify the reach of artists distinguished for the visual impact of their submitted work. The jurors also pick an additional five artists to be their top 5 picks for SF Open Studios.


Interview in Scientific Inquirer

2019 Scientific Inquirer, "Sandra Yagi: Life, Death and Le Petit Mort"

I did an interview with the online magazine Scientific Inquirer, which is dedicated to exploring the junction where science and life meet, whether it’s in the lab or the studio or the diamond.


Cover Art on Book by Juliana Gray

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The twins are featured in cover art on the book "Honeymoon Palsy" by Juliana Gray. It is published by Measure Press and is available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Juliana Gray is a poet and English professor, originally from Alabama but relocated in 2006 to western New York, where she teaches atAlfred University. She is the author of two full-length poetry collections; the more recent, Roleplay, won the 2010 Orphic Prize and was published last year by Dream Horse Press. Roleplay also won the 2013 Eugene Paul Nassar Poetry Prize for the best annual poetry collection published by an upstate New York author.


Print Collaboration
I am collaborating with the Pangeaseed Foundation on a print release of the painting "Death and Nautilus". Proceeds from print sales will be used for their efforts to empower individuals and communities to create meaningful environmental change for oceans through ARTivism, education, and science. PangeaSeed forges a synthesis between creative expression, nature, and society to (re)connect individuals and communities with our planet’s most important ecosystem by following our core values of sustainability, education, ecology, and design.

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Press, Blogs and Publications

El Cultural, Interview with Sandra Yagi
  • Hi-Fructose: Sandra Yagi’s Strange Creatures, Skeletons Explore Our Nature by Andy Smith, Hi-Fructose
• WOW x WOW - interview and artist profile
• Dark Corner Books -
“Sandra Yagi’s Beautiful and Macabre Illustrations
• SciArt in America blog: “
Beauty in the Macabre: Science and Art in the works of Sandra Yagi
• Medinart website:
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• Interview by Eclectix on-line art journal/gallery -
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• 20 Minutos.es, “
Pinturas sobre los peligros de la modificación genética” by Helena Celdran
The Mafu Cage, June 9, 2011
• San Francisco Art Enthusiast,
Interview with “Spectacular Beasts Artist "
• ArtScene, “
Clive Barker and Sandra Yagi,” by Ray Zone, Jan. 2011
Mental Shoes, Issue 018, “Sandra Yagi: Paintings,” Editor: D.H. Dowling, Jan. 1, 2011
• San Francisco Art News, “
Curiosity Dissected the Cat - Sandra Yagi,” by Michael Yochum, Oct. 14, 2010
• Democracy in China – Limited artists’ edition – Guns N’ Roses (pending release)
• Paul Rushca’s
Full Moon, the Collection of Paul Ruscha, by Paul Ruscha, Publisher: Steidl (November 21, 2008)