Yuri has been expressing her life through painting, drawing, writing, dancing since she was three years old.
Her upbringing in Tokyo was a very unconventional one - learning Japanese traditional arts and experiencing foreign culture through travelling abroad. These two elements, so drastically different, have influenced her work throughout her entire life.
Now, living half a year in Brooklyn, her daily inspirations come from collaborative “jam sessions” with her family of artists - the Barnstormers. She spends much of the year travelling nature and living in Hawaii or reforesting rain forest in Costa Rica, which balance her creative and spiritual yin and yang. She also practices ancient healing therapy of Hawaii and Japan.
Yuri Shimojo has published several books of her own artwork, including: Crimson Full Moon (1995), which showcased her earlier works; Tiny Scribble (1997), an autobiography cobering her unique childhood (to be republished in Japan this year); Vagabonds (2001), a picture journal from her travels in Central America and Mexico.
Communication Arts Award of Excellence (2001)
The original work “Peace of Shit”, a silk-screened poster work of Yuri’s is featured in PEACE SIGNS - The Anti-War Movement Illustrated, published by Edition Olms, Zurich in 2004 and has been exhibited all over the world.