Jave Yoshimoto is an artist and educator of multi-cultural background. He was born in Japan to Chinese parents and immigrated to California at a young age. Yoshimoto has since traveled and lived in various parts of the states 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 as an arts educator,Yoshimoto encourages his students to explore their personal identity and their 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.
Yoshimoto has experiences working as an art therapist/mental health professional in Chicago,IL, as a painting instructor at Syracuse University and as a teaching artist in Seattle, WA, working with various age groups, ethnic backgrounds and diverse populations. As an artist, he served as an artist-in-residence at Art Farm Nebraska, The Art Students’League of New York, Vermont Studio Center and Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the arts. Yoshimoto has been published in New American Paintings and featured online on multiple websites, received a letter of recognition from the Friends of the United Nations, and exhibited across numerous states from Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Vermont and Washington. Yoshimoto has also shown in solo exhibitions in New York City and Seattle, Washington.
Yoshimoto currently works as Director and Assistant Professor of Studio Art program at Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva, Oklahoma.