Dancing in the Aurora
28 in X 40 in
Acrylic and mixed media on canvas board
The art of Yasuo Araki is about people. Yasuo uses motifs such as people, stars, sun and the moon because every livingentity is a part of the universe.
In 1945, at the age of 6, Yasuo fled from the hell that rained down from the B-29 bombers during the war, destroying his quiet hometown of Yamanashi, Japan. This wartime experience led him to engage in peacemaking efforts at a grass root level. It is also what made him determine to become an artist who communicates the message of peace through art.
In 1964, Yasuo graduated from Musashino Art College in Tokyo. Four years later, in 1968, he left Japan at the age of 29, on a one way ticket to Vancouver, Canada. A few years after arriving in Canada, Yasuo was employed by the BC Ministry of Education as a graphic designer, where he worked for 9 years.
Since then, Yasuo has gone on to actively exhibit his work across Vancouver and around the world. He has held numerous solo exhibitions and participated in various group shows all around the Lower Mainland in Vancouver, Seattle, and Japan, for a total of over 80 art exhibitions.