Yu-Whuan, a New York and Kyoto based artist, studied art with Shimamoto Shozo, a pioneer of Gutai. In her early studies with Shozo, Yu-Whuan found herself freed to explore an open spirit of making art, when instead of drawing on a canvas, Shozo proceeded to draw on his own head. Yu-Whuan also studied with the painters, Mr. Shen Zhe Zai and Mr. Zeng Pei Yao, as well as sculptor Yamamoto Kakuzi. She was a director of design in Taiwan and director of PhilosophyBox gallery in New York.
Yu-Whuan studied contemporary painting and sculpture, and completed an independent art research project, at the Kyoto University of Education, Japan. She is a member of the Kyoto Sculptor Association. She has received a “MURASAKI” award for the 47th Kyoto Exposition. She has had major public and select private exhibitions, internationally and in the U.S., with regular exhibitions in Kyoto and New York, including the New York Historical Society and Teller Boricua Gallery. She was invited by the Ga-un Sculpture group for a special guest solo exhibit in the Kyoto Art Museum, with solo shows at Ando Tadao Architecture Ayabe City Plaza, and other museums and galleries, along with outdoor exhibitions including The Global Warming Prevention in Kyoto Convention celebration.
Yu-Whuan’s wide-ranging art explores the relationship between nature and culture in her sculpture, paintings, drawings, photographs, and installations. Her work, while bold and direct, includes mystery, gentle humor, and a philosophical aspect. She frequently uses ordinary materials distinctive to specific places, such as with her re-contextualizing of coin wrappers and installation of blue branches, using so-called end products to set off onto creative journeys.