Yovi Veliz was born in 1982 in San Francisco, CA. She grew up and attended school in St. Helena in California’s Napa Valley. She was active in Saint Helena Community Theater, starring in Peter Pan, Bye Bye Birdie, and as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. In the summer of 1997, Yovi was chosen to read for Andrea in Sophia Coppola’s indie debut Lick the Star, which appeared on The Independent Film Channel in 1998. That year, she relocated to Arkansas with her family and became active in Hot Springs Village Community Theater, playing Chava in Fiddler on the Roof. She graduated from The Arkademy in Hot Springs, and soon afterwards received her license to practice massage therapy from Jean’s School of Therapy Technology. Yovi spent her early twenties traveling coast to coast, spending time in Key West, FL as a first mate for a private sailboat charter and a promotional model for Jack Daniels.After the hurricane season of 2004, Yovi relocated to Upstate New York to work in advertising and marketing. She attended Cayuga Community College for Media Arts, receiving Associate’s degrees in Media Communications and in Liberal Arts. She graduated summa cum laude, and received a scholarship from the Society of Broadcast Engineers. During the summer of 2010, Yovi worked on the set of Jesse Eisenberg’s The Ambassadors as art department prop master and assisted with set design. Rather than decide between getting a law degree and attending Ithaca College for Documentary Film Studies, Yovi ran away to Nashville, TN. She began volunteering as a Nashville affiliate for WDWN Win 89 FM: attending shows and recording legal IDs for radio. After four years of retail store management, Yovi returned to massage therapy practice. In 2016, she started illustrating and experimenting with various media, immersing herself in the flow of creation. Yovi currently resides in East Nashville, TN, along with her two cats — Jean-Jacques Rousseau (the Art Critic) and Eleanor Roosevelt (aka Ellie Bellie) — and her doggo, Sir Winston “The Jibbs” Churchill.