Minako Yoshino is a New York City based fine artist working in marble sculpture in both traditional and contemporary styles. Yoshino's art conveys a sense of complete and simple acceptance of our connectedness and identification with all things in the universe.
Born in Toyama, Japan, Yoshino studied oil painting and graphic design at Musashino Art University in Tokyo before relocating to New York City to study marble carving at the Art Students League of New York. Her cultivated sense of color and careful carving ability have brought her crossover fame as one of the most talented restorers of landmark building sculptures in New York, as featured in the New York Times for the Manhattan's historic Hearst Tower restoration. Yoshino has received many endorsements and awards, including that of the National Sculpture Society and the United Nations.
In 2008 Yoshino won the Edward G McDowell Europe Grant for the marble statue series "For Earth", enabling her to study in Florence, Italy in 2009. In 2012, she finished the marble statue series "For Japan" based on the 3/11/2011 Japan Earthquake and Tsunami and subsequent nuclear crisis in Fukushima. In 2013, to honor the second anniversary of 3/11/2011, she had solo exhibition “INORI – pray for Japan” at the consulate general of Japan in New York. Yoshino's new 11' monument "Lovers" will be installed at the Riverside Park in New York City in June, 2014.
●Public collections :
Japanese Red Cross Society
Toyama prefecture, Japan
●Selected Scholarship and Awards :
2008 Edward G McDowell Europe Study Grant by ASL, NYC
2006 Honorable Mention Award by NPO Pen & Brush, NYC
2004 Scholarship for Best Young Artist by National Sculpture Society, NYC
2003 Merit scholarship by ASL, NYC
2000 Musashino Award by Musashino Art University, Tokyo
●Selected past solo exhibitions:
2013 The consulate general of Japan in New York, "INORI 祈り - Pray for Japan"
2013 Toyama International Conference Center, Japan "The Oriental Wave" 融合
2012 Calumetphoto Gallery, NYC, "TANABATA – Love in the sky " 七夕
2011 Toyama International Conference Center, Japan "Water" 水
2011 ION Studio, Soho, NYC "MUGEN, for NZ & Japan Earthquake Relief " 夢幻
2010 Gallery COEXIST, Tokyo "Symphony of Light "
2008 Union Square Park, NYC "Save Our Earth"
2007 T.Y. HARBOR, Tokyo "Aria of Light "
2006 Asahi Art Square, Tokyo "The Earth and Humanity II"
2005 The United Nation Plaza Hotel, NYC "The Earth and Humanity I"
2005 Spica gallery, Tokyo "Liberation II"
2002 Japanese National Site of Yasuda Castle, Toyama "Liberation I"
2000 Stage21 Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
● Selected past group exhibitions :
2014 Hakone Open Air Museum, Hakone, Japan
2013 Hakone Open Air museum, Hakone, Japan
2013 Shibuya Bunkamura Box gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2013 Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art
2012 Allied Artist of America Annual Exhibition, National Arts Club, NYC
2012 Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art
2011 Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art
2011 Silk Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2011 TEATRE1010 gallery, Tokyo
2010 Grant Winners Show, Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery, NYC
2010 Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art
2008 Price Waterhouse Coopers NY HQ, NYC
2008 The Hakone Open Air Museum, Japan
2008 AAF Contemporary Art Fair, NYC
2008 SOHO20 gallery Chelsea, NYC
2007 Silk Gallery, Seoul
2007 Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art
2006 Flinn gallery, CT
2006 Broadway Gallery, NYC
2006 NPO Pen & Brush Gallery, NYC
2005 Art Basel Miami Beach, FL
2004 Cork Gallery, Lincoln Center, NYC
2003 Jersey City Museum, NJ
●2013 The First essay "YUMEOIBITO(Dreamer)" has been published.