Akira Yoshikawa was born in Hiroshima, Japan in 1949, and moved to Canada when he was twelve years old. Yoshikawa’s primary interests are in art, architecture, and design. He studied at the Ontario College of Art, graduating in 1974 with a Special Commendation Award. During his studies, he immersed himself in Minimalist and Conceptual Art, which still influences him today. His mentors at that time include the art historian Joyce Zemans, and the artist Nobuo Kubota.
Yoshikawa has shown his work in numerous solo and group exhibitions. Public galleries, universities, and corporations, including Queen’s University, the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, and the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, collect Yoshikawa’s artworks. He also has been awarded several grants from the Ontario and Canada Arts Councils. Until recently, the Art Gallery of Ontario employed him as a member of the Collections Management department for almost forty years.
Notation Drawings for Alex Waterman