A multidisciplinary artist (video, sculpture, installation and performance)
Lives and works in Gardena, California

Education

2014  Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
2009  MFA Claremont Graduate University
2004  BFA California State University Long Beach
1994  BA University of California Los Angeles (Ancient Greek and Latin)
1994  BA University of California Los Angeles (Communication Studies)

Awards and Residencies

2017  4th National Louisiana Biennial Best of Show, Louisiana Tech University School of Design
2016  ACRE Residency, Steuben, Wisconsin
2015  Antenna Open Call Winner
2015  Smack Mellon Hot Picks Program
2015  Third National Louisiana Biennial Honorable Mention, Louisianan Tech University School of Design
2012  California Community Foundation for Visual Artists Emerging Artist Fellow
2010  Mediars International Workshop, Rieti, Italy
2007-2008  Claremont Graduate Fellowship
2007-2008  Claremont Graduate University, School of Humanities Art Fellow

Solo Exhibitions

2018 (Upcoming) Solo Exhibition, Louisiana Tech University School of Design, Ruston, Louisiana
2017  KOKO’s Love: Screening and Performance, Torrance Shipman, Brooklyn, New York
2017  KOKO’s Love, Groundspace Project, Los Angeles, California
2016  KOKO’s Love: A Soap Opera Tale of One Family, Antenna, New Orleans, Louisiana
2012  The Dark Room presents Yoshie Sakai, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, California
2009  That’s Amore, Deborah Martin Gallery, Los Angeles, California           
2008  Time shoots because it is beautiful in the present, MFA Exhibition, East Gallery, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017 Aliens with Extraordinary Abilities, Fellows of Contemporary Art (FOCA), Los Angeles, California
2017 4th National Louisiana Biennial, Louisiana Tech University School of Design, Ruston, Louisiana
2017 stARTup Art Fair Video Installation, January 27-29, 2017, Highland Gardens Hotel, Los Angeles, California

2016  LA x Kobe Exchange Exhibition, Kobe Design University, Kobe, Japan
2016  S E G U E I N G, Character Projects, Los Angeles, California
2016  Dada Here & Now, Fort Mason Center For Arts and Culture, San Francisco, California
2016  Eternal Telethon, Human Resources, Los Angeles, California
2016  Americanism, Durden and Ray, Los Angleles, California
2016  Tales That Must Be Told: Contemporary Narrative Art, Cypress College Art Gallery, Cypress, California
2016  SKIN, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, California
2016  LOVE 2016, LeRoy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, New York, New York
2016  Yoshie Sakai on Our Prime Property, Our Prime Property: www.ourprimeproperty.org/yoshie-sakai

2015  Biomythography: Secret Poetry and Hidden Angers, William Rolland Gallery of Art, California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, California
2015  Hyakka Ryouran: Riot Of Flowers, Eastside International, Los Angeles, California
2015  Kuwento Engkuwentro: Angeleno Folklore, Legends, & Sidewalk Stories, Pico House, El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, Los Angeles, California
2015  Staking Claim, Last Projects, Los Angeles, California
2015  Gong Show, Eastside International, Los Angeles, California
2015  Homing Pigeon 4: Kyoto, Gallery Antenna, Kyoto, Japan
2015  Intervention, A Ship In The Woods, Del Mar, California
2015  Third National Louisiana Biennial, Louisiana Tech University School of Design, Ruston, Louisiana

2014  Something Within, DAC Gallery, Los Angeles, California
2014  Full Circle: 25 Years of First Street Gallery & CGU Art, First Street Gallery and CGU Peggy Phelps and East Gallery, Claremont, California
2014  Biomythography: Secret Poetry and Hidden Angers, East Gallery, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California
2014  Itch Scratch Scar, Fellows of Contemporary Art (FOCA), Los Angeles, California
2014  Transforming Feminisms, South Bay Contemporary, Rolling Hills Estates, California
2014  Summercamp’s ProjectProject presents “Thaumatrope”, First Street Gallery, Claremont, California
2014  Eating Cultures presented by the Asian American Women Artist Association and Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center, SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco, California
2014  L.A. Heat: Taste Changing Condiments, Chinese American Museum, Los Angeles, California
2014  LA n CV, Coachella Valley Art Center, Indio, California
2014  #ImNotBuyingIt, The Arcade, Los Angeles, California
2014  Unruly, Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art, Chaffey College, Rancho Cucamonga, California

2013  POLARITY, LIFT Gallery, Greensboro College, Greensboro, North Carolina
2013  Compass, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (OCCCA), Santa Ana, California
2013  Global Hybrid: HERo.e.S/HER open eyeS, Meta House, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
2013  FIREWORKS!, MUC Collaborative, Summercamp’s ProjectProject, Los Angeles, California
2013  underCurrents & the Quest for Space presented by the Asian American Women Artist Association and Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center, SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco, California
2013  Have you seen my privacy?, Concord, Los Angeles, California
2013  Turbulent Times, Chime&Co., Los Angeles, California
2013  A Song of Soil and Wind, Crafton Hills College Art Gallery, Yucaipa, California
2013  Poor/Fancy, Upstairs at the Market Gallery, Los Angeles, California
2013  Hybrid Globalization 2013, Hancock University Gallery, Long Beach, California
2013  I Promise to Write More, Passerby Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
2013  Doing Pennants, Fifth Floor Gallery, Los Angeles, California

2012  A Dinner for The End of The World, MUC Collaborative, Dutch Door, Los Angeles, California
2012  L.A. Road Concerts Mulholland Drive, MUC Collaborative, Los Angeles, California
2012  8th Annual AiOP (Art in Odd Places): MODEL, MUC Collaborative, 14th Street, New York, New York
2012  Abject Deco, Zask Gallery, Rolling Hills Estates, California
2012  Case Study Los Angeles II: On The Perimeter, JAUS and Concrete Walls Projects, Los Angeles, California
2012  Fall Residency II: Welcome at Side Street Projects, Summercamp’s ProjectProject, Pasadena, California
2012  Carnival of Insecurities, MUC Collaborative, Raid Projects, Los Angeles, California
2012  Night Light Multimedia Garden Party, SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco, California

2011  Third Strike: 100 Performances for the Hole, MUC Collaborative, SOMArts Cultural Center, San Franciso, California
2011  Messy Aspirations, Riverside Arts Council, Riverside, California
2011  Start the ball rolling again, Summercamp’s ProjectProject, Los Angeles, California
2011  Housewarming, 2325 Merton Avenue Apt 3, Los Angeles, California
2011  No Dialogue at ArtpadSF, Phoenix Hotel, San Francisco, California
2011  Self-Help Yourself: “Karaoke Therapy”, MUC Collaborative, Raid Projects, Los Angeles, California
2011  The Quotidian World Video Art Exhibition, Cypress College Art Gallery, Cypress, California
2011  Love/Hate Exhibit 2011, Picture This Art Gallery, Long Beach, California

2010  Mediars 2010 Group Exhibition Shadows In A Cave, a collaborative interactive video installation by Anne Herlihy, Daniel Lint, - Paola Mileto, Yoshie Sakai, Rieti Sotteranea (Rieti Underground), Rieti, Italy
2010  Global Hybrid II: Artists from 3 Countries – Cambodia, Korea & United States, Hancock University, Long Beach, California
2010  Projections at the Mandrake, MUC Collaborative, Los Angeles, California
2010  That’s Amore (Part II), The Annex, Downtown Los Angeles February Art Walk, Los Angeles, California

2009  LA to OC – Emphasis: Extreme, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (OCCCA), Santa Ana, California
2009  Global Hybrid, The Meta-House, Phnom Penh, Cambodia Girlie Show, Bordello, Los Angeles, California
2009  Transformations II Bringing Contemporary Khmer/American Art to Long Beach, 2nd City Council Art Gallery + Performance Space, Long Beach, California
2009  New Media Symposium, University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas
2009  Supersonic at the LA Art Show, Los Angeles Convention Center, West Hall, Los Angeles, California

2008  Gray Scale, Peggy Phelps and East Gallery, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California
2008  Here and Now, Peggy Phelps Gallery, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California
2008  MashUp, Arena 1, Santa Monica, California
2008  Greater Los Angeles Masters of Fine Arts Exhibition, California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, California
2008  Transformations, A Group Exhibition, The Meta House, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

2007  And Repeat, Claremont City Hall, Claremont, California
2007  The Fourth Leg, Peggy Phelps and East Gallery, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California
2007  California Open Exhibition, TAG Gallery, Santa Monica, California

2006  Coincidental Chemistry, Garage Gallery, Pasadena, California

2005  Horizon, The Gatov Gallery East, California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, California
2005  46,080 Inches2 of Skin, Flesh, Bones, The Gatov Gallery, California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, California

2004  Off The Wall, The Werby Gallery, California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, California
2004  Drawing and Painting Exhibition, The Gatov Gallery, California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, California

Screenings and Film Festivals

2016  19th Annual Antimatter Film Festival, October 14 to 29, 2016, Open Space Arts Centre, Victoria, BC, Canada
2016  Divisions, Skowhegan HQ, New York, New York
2016  Femmes' Video Art Festival, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) and The Situation Room, Los Angeles, California

2015  Freewaves presents Long Live LA 2015, #FitInFitness Videos by Christina Pierson & Yoshie Sakai, Los Angeles, California
2015  The Situation Room Opening Video Screening, The Situation Room, Los Angeles, California

2014  Antimatter [media art] Film Festival No. 17, Open Space Arts Centre, Victoria, BC, Canada
2014  Videotag, thinhstudio, Hawthorne, California
2014  BYOBeamer, March 7, 2014, Common LBAC, Long Beach, California

2013  Open Video Night, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, California
2013  Backyard Video Festival, 1924 Landis Street, Burbank, California

2011  Antimatter Film Festival No. 14, Open Space Arts Centre, Victoria, BC, Canada
2011  2nd Fridays Summer Film Series: July 8, 2011, Mark Moore Gallery, Culver City, California

2010  ARKUFF (Arkansas Underground Film Festival), Malco Theatre Complex, Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas

2009  Antimatter Film Festival No. 12, Open Space Arts Centre, Victoria, BC, Canada
2009  Assume Nothing: New Social Practice, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada

2008  A B(o)MB Artoconecto Exhibition 2008, The Bakehouse Art Complex, Miami, Florida
2008  Hollywould…Freewaves 11th Festival of Experimental Media Arts, On Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California
2008  Antimatter Film Festival No. 11, Open Space Arts Centre, Victoria, BC, Canada
2008  Bearded Child Film Festival, Myles Reif Performing Arts Center, Grand Rapids and Minneapolis, Minnesota

2007  Antimatter Underground Film Festival No. 10, Open Space Arts Centre, Victoria, BC, Canada

Bibliography

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(https://artandcakela.com/2017/02/06/to-sojourn-inside-yoshie-sakais-surreal-soap-opera-kokos-love/)

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Taylor Murrow, “Too Much TV: An Interview with Yoshie Sakai,” August 30, 2016.
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D. Eric Bookhardt, “Review: KOKO’s Love: A Soap Opera Tale of One Family and Summer Crush,” July 25, 2016.(http://www.bestofneworleans.com/gambit/review-kokos-love-a-soap-opera-tale-of-one-family-and-summer-crush/Content?oid=2996655)

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A video by Elettra Fiumi and Lea Khayata, Granny Cart Productions, “Protesting sexism in our backyard,”MSNBC Originals Breaking Glass, 04:19, March 25, 2015.
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Featured content on Audiosparx (http://www.audiosparx.com/sa/module/socialmedia/socvid/videos/detail.cfm/socvid_iid.1493)

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Steven Cuevas, “In ‘L.A. Heat’ Art Exhibit, Sriracha and Tapatio Form Holy Union of Hot Sauce,” March 21-23, 2014. (http://www.californiareport.org/archive/R201403211630/e).

Priscilla Frank, “An Art Show Dedicated Entirely To Hot Sauce Is Making Our Spicy Dreams Come True,” March 16, 2014. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/16/hot-sauce-art-show_n_4958900.html).

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