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Yukari Sakura

Yukari Sakura (b. 1989) works with great focus on what she calls her “very own stories,” gathering inspiration from mythological tales, animated films, and video games. Sakura works primarily with watercolor, colored pencils, and paint, rendering graphic illustrations of these characters with vibrantly colored accessories. Once an artwork is completed, she places it in a chronological bound folder. Sakura has begun working on animations based on animals and their environments, writing out what she calls “documents” and then basing subsequent drawings off her research.

In a new body of work, Sakura pays homage to heroes, daily life, and historical events. What, upon first glance, looks like two delicious cakes actually depicts the World Trade Center Twin Towers made in dedication to 9/11, The World Trade Center Ice Cream Cake, 2015, acrylic on paper, 9 x 12 inches. In Nash's Number-by-number Feast Meal, 2015, acrylic on paper, 9 x 12 inches, Yukari painted a TV dinner shaped like a mathematical equation made in honor of American mathematician John Nash. Also, Sakura paints vibrant and colorful portraits of prominent cultural icons like Princess Diana, historical figures like Martin Luther King, Jr., or the infamous unsolved murder victim, Jon Benét Patricia Ramsey. 

Sakura provided the following artist statement:
“I have been drawing since I was 3 years old. I draw things that I like. I really like all animals. I like foxes, cats, dogs, birds, turtles, and most of all horses. I make stories with the things I draw. My earliest stories were about dinosaurs right after seeing many dinosaur movies. Years later I created more and more stories that I based on movies I had seen. My interest in animals has also led me to make animations based on documents I wrote. For example, my favorite animal, the horse, has a tail that is like a very long brush and then there is the unicorn—who looks like a horse with a horn, has a long mane and a tail that looks like a rag doll’s hair. Turtles and snails carry their houses on their backs. Birds have tails that could look like a fan like a peacock and butterflies their wings are like beautiful “flower” petals. These are some of things I like to draw in my art.”

Sakura has been featured in numerous exhibitions. She recently exhibited works in a group exhibition, After Pop Life, at the Minnesota Street Project in San Francisco. She has been featured in a two person exhibtion, TV Dinner: Yukari Sakura and Daniel Green at the Ace Hotel in New York. Her artworks have been showcased at Mission Pie in San Francisco and Pass Away - Dia de los Muertos exhibition at the Davies Symphny Hall in San Francisco.

Print Bio

Samples of Sakura's work

Selected Exhibitions

Pass Away - Dia de los Muertos Altar, Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, CA
After Pop Life, Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, CA
Ripe, Creativity Explored Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Yukari Sakura, Mission Pie, San Francisco, CA

TV Dinner: Yukari Sakura and Daniel Green, The Gallery at Ace Hotel New York, New York, NY

Shoerageous, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
A Curious Menagerie, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

SIDESHOW, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

Streetopia, Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA
ArtPadSF, Phoenix Hotel, San Francisco, CA