Current town: Los Angeles
Job description: Drawer and Anatomy Art Professor
Bio: Yuki Toy was born and raised in Japan. She received her BFA in Printmaking in NY and MFA in Fine Art in Los Angeles.
Select links: http://www.yukitoy.com
What are you working on/ describe your work.
— I have been working on color pencil drawings on raw canvas. They are portraits mostly. My art has a vintage feel, so this washed color on raw canvas works very well. I also explore the idea of culture. Because I left home young I have been training myself to be flexible and strong with different beliefs, attitudes, and thoughts in America.
What’s your art background / when did you begin really focusing on art?
— I lived in Ireland when I was 16. I started drawing with charcoal there. Actually, I drew many cartoons and created comic books in my class when I was 11, so I would say in elementary school.
What’s been happening in your life/ what’s next for you?
—- I would like to do more art shows, be a great drawer and an art professor!
Describe your current state of mind / what’s inspiring you?
— I am inspired by an American culture in the 60s and 70s and hairy men.
Is any of your work political?
— I do not think any of my art is political.
What is one of the biggest challenges you face as an artist?
— Teaching at university.
Are you involved with any organizations/ do you collaborate with other artists?
— I am a member of LAAA( Los Angeles Art Association).
What are you listening to these days?
— I love Southern rock and The Presidents of the USA.
What are a few of your favorite spots in (the area in which you live)?
— Monument Valley and Death Valley have always been inspiring me a lot. They are my favorite American views.
Favorite artists and why/ people in your field whom you most admire:
— My favorite artist today is Neil Krug. He is a photographer and takes pictures that has a vintage feel to it. I am also a big fan of the artists such as Robert Crumb, John Waters and Trey Parker.
What are you reading?
— A book of Nessie and “Frog And Toad.” I think I would be very scared to see Nessie in person.
— My all time favorites are Charles Bukowski and Terry Southern. Also, a Japanese writer called Kiichiro Yanashita. He often writes about interesting sub cultures.
What was the first piece of artwork you bought/ do you buy a lot of artwork?
— I like my walls simple and white.