Black and Blue 2
Yuri has been expressing her life through painting, journaling and dancing since she was 3 years old. Her upbringing in Tokyo was a very unconventional one – learning Japanese traditional arts and experiencing foreign culture through traveling abroad. These two elements, so drastically different, have influenced her work throughout her entire life.
Now, living the nomadic bohemian lifestyle, she explores the planet from the heart of metropolis to the outposts of the world wherever being guided by her own intuition while hopping between her base pad Brooklyn studio, Tokyo apt and her tropical jungle hideaway in Hawaii. This life balances her creative & spiritual yin and yang’. Besides her artistic endeavor, she is drawn to the world of indigenous cultures and has led her studying universal shamanism as a Reiki master. She is also a member of the art collective Barnstormers.
Yuri Shimojo has published several books in Japan, including: “Makkana Mangetsu~Crimson Full Moon”(1995), which showcase her earlier illustration works;”Vagabonds” (2001), a picture journal from her trip in Central America and Mexico. “Chiisana Rakugaki~Tiny Scribble” (1997), an autobiography of her unique childhood, which has just republished in 2007.