Yukako Ezoe Onodera is a Japanese American artist born in New Jersey. She began her visual arts education at the Governor’s School for the Arts in Virginia. In 2001, she attended the San Francisco Art institute and pursued an interdisciplinary major. Her time at the Art Institute included a semester abroad at the Garret Rietveld Academy of Arts in Amsterdam for textile and jewelry.
Since graduating in 2006, Yukako has committed to collaborating with various communities in the Bay Area on public mural projects. She has taught art and mural making to children and adults at Precita Eyes Mural Center for the past four years. She also teaches art at Larkin Street Youth Services. LSYS is an NPO that provides homeless, runaway and at-risk youths.
In addition to directing mural projects, Yukako has created art for local businesses and participated in exhibitions as an artist and curator. She also makes and sells jewelry at nine different stores in the Bay Area and New York and Portland.
Her role as an active community member is shaped by her mission to use art to improve conditions and increase cultural awareness in San Francisco.