Kimiko Yoshida is a Japanese/French artist whose evokative imagery are all based on elaborate self portraits. Born in Tokyo, Japan in 1963, Yoshida studied at Chuo University, Tokyo and received a bachelor of Arts in 1986. in 1995 she studied photography at the Tokyo College of Photography, before going to the École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie, Arles, France the following year. She moved to France in 1995 where she now lives and works.
A unique artist with sophisticated style, Yoshida’s Asian influenced self portraits are unprecedented. Her work evokes pertinent questions as to the role of women in modern Asia and is strongly driven by feelings of transformation and fleeting. Yoshida’s art is praiseworthy, her work a reflection of the intimate relationship to her Asian roots and her understanding of western art history. By featuring her own person in a multiplicity of forms, Yoshida encourages dialogue and forces her audience to ask challenging questions about the nature of change.
Yoshida was the 1st Place winner in the self-portraits category at the International Photography Awards in New York, 2005. Yoshida work is part of selected collections:Fine Arts Museum | Houston, USA; The Israel Museum | Jerusalem; Kawasaki City Museum | Japan; Price Waterhouse Coopers | Paris; Diane Von Furstenberg | New York; Sheika Paula Al-Sabah, Dar Noor | Dubai; Joey Tanenbaum Collection | Toronto;Commission by Centre National de la Photographie | Paris.