Blue NY Metropolitan Museum
Artist Statement: I use gouache paints, gel pens, and printmaking mediums to express my personal experiences on paper. I grew up in a rural area of Japan and have been living in New York for almost a decade. I’ve found that personal exchanges and experiences in life are the most meaningful inspirations. I enjoy traveling, reading, listening to music, and meeting new people, and I transform these experiences into art, which brings me true joy.
Yuko Kyutoku was born in Aichi in Japan. Having grown up both next to the mountain and rivers, her love of nature and the outdoors grew tremendously. Throughout her life, Yuko has always been fascinated by images and how the world is represented through the eyes of others. Naturally, she was drawn to drawings and paintings. The interest was cultivated during her childhood period and further developed when she opted to take her bachelor’s Degree in Fine art, painting, drawing, and printmaking at SUNY Purchase college in New York.
After completing her degree, Yuko delved even more into her art practice and discovered a new field, art therapy. She then graduated from New York University with her master’s degree in art therapy. She is currently working as a therapist at the children’s hospital in the city where she offers art therapy to support children with mental issues and severe disabilities.
Her artmaking process is transformative. She loves traveling, visiting museums, reading books, watching films, listening to music, and meeting people and she makes art based on these rich life experiences. She feels that life experiences open up many opportunities and make her artworks richer and unique.
Yuko had solo shows internationally. She had her solo show at the general consulate of Japan in New York. She also had her first solo exhibition in Japan at Yada City Gallery, Aichi. She also received Jurior Choice Award from a SUNY Purchase College representative.