Yvonne Buchanan was born in Manhattan, NY. She holds an MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School at Bard College and a BFA in Illustration from Parsons School of Design. Buchanan uses video, animation, photographs, illustrations and drawings to create narratives of survival strategies. Buchanan’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at Syracuse International Film Festival, Studio Museum in Harlem, Site: Santa Fe, Slamdance International Film Festival, Hammer Museum/UCLA, Aspex Gallery, 57th Venice Biennale, Society of Illustrators, Everson Museum of Art, Munson Williams Proctor Museum of Art, Urban Video Projects, Boxo Projects, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Recontres International Paris/Berlin among others. With Dorene Quinn, Buchanan co-founded Buckwheat Space 2019-2020, an artist residency in the Mojave Desert.
She recently retired from Syracuse University and lives in Morongo Valley, California.