About the Artist
A self-described surreal oil painter, artist Yola Pilch was born on blustery Chicago night in the month of January 1985. She attained her Bachelor of Arts in Painting & Drawing at Eastern Illinois University, is a practicing humanist, a dedicated mistress of the surrealist craft, and an endearingly aspirant oligarch. Yola is kind and just, yet merciless. Her weapon of choice is oil paint.
In 2014, SSA #31 and the Ravenswood Community Council partnered with then 47th Ward Alderman Ameya Pawar and Lillstreet Art Center on a joint venture combining the SSA’s graffiti removal and beautification initiatives and the alderman’s mural initiative. The above mural by Chicago artist Yolanda Pilch is located at River Valley Market and was dedicated in late 2014. This collaboration between public and private institutions succeeded in bringing a new work of public art to Ravenswood while also serving as a graffiti deterrent on a wall that had been defaced more times than any other in the 47th Ward. As of December 2020, this mural has succeeded in brightening up Wilson Avenue and discouraging new incidents of graffiti.
Sponsors: Ravenswood Community Council, 47th Ward Alderman Pawar, River Valley Market, Lillstreet Art Center, Special Service Area #31