BIO AND STATEMENT:
Jave Yoshimoto is an artist and educator of multi-cultural background. He was born in Japan to Chinese parents and immigrated to United States at a young age.
He has since traveled and lived in various parts of the country which influenced his artistic practice. He believes in creating art works that are socially conscious and true to his authentic self.
Similarly in his teaching philosophy, he encourages his students to explore their personal identity and experiences to put into their creative compositions while developing their technical skills.
Yoshimoto has received his Bachelors from University of California Santa Barbara in Studio Art, his Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Painting and Drawing and Masters of Art in Art Therapy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and his Masters of Fine Arts in Painting at Syracuse University.
He has experiences working as an art therapist/mental health professional in Chicago, IL, as well as being a painting instructor at Syracuse University and as a teaching artist in Seattle, WA. He has worked with various age groups and diverse ethnic populations in both rural and urban settings. As an artist, he served as an artist-in-residence at various artist colonies across the United States.
Yoshimoto has been published on multiple publications and websites, received a letter of recognition from the United Nations, awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation’s Painters and Sculptors Grant in 2015 and exhibited works nationally and internationally.
He has also shown in solo exhibitions in New York, Chicago, IL, Portland, OR, Seattle, WA, Alva, OK, Tulsa, OK, Fort Worth, TX, Lincoln, NE and Omaha, NE.
Yoshimoto currently works as an Assistant Professor of Art, teaching foundations level courses.