Artist Statement

I am interested in a realm between here and there, real and surreal or life and death.

Artist Bio

Born and bred in Kyoto, where she studied Japanese painting, Fumiyo Yoshikawa specializes in the art of Nihonga— a traditional genre that uses natural pigments suspended in washes of special fixative to create paintings of luminous layered color. She has exhibited widely at museums and galleries in Japan (among others, the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum, Kyoto Museum, Takashimaya fine Arts Gallery) and in the United States. Since graduating from the Kyoto University of Education in 1987, Yoshikawa has been a member of the association of professional Nihonga artists of Kyoto and taught brush painting and water color in Japan. She has been teaching in the U.S.A. since 2004, when she moved to the California Bay Area. Yoshikawa is dedicated to introducing the aesthetics of Japanese culture to a wide range of people through lecturing and demonstrations of nihonga and sumi-e at a number of institutions including the San Francisco Asian Art Museum, Colorado Mesa University, and the General Consulate of Japan in San Francisco. Having met a wide variety of people in her travels, Yoshikawa infuses her paintings with her Japanese memories and new impressions from the different cultures she has encountered. She lives in Albany, California, with her husband and daughter. She regularly teaches brush painting at the Albany Community Center and at Civic Arts in Walnut Creek.


  • Visual Arts
  • San Francisco Bay Area
  • East Asian
  • Abstract
  • Drawing
  • Figurative
  • Painting
  • Watercolor