photo by Riichi Yamaguchi
Minako Yoshino is a New York City based fine artist working in marble sculpture and oil painting in both traditional and contemporary styles. Yoshino's art conveys a sense of complete and simple acceptance of our connectedness and identification with all things in the universe.
Born in Toyama, Japan, Yoshino studied oil painting and graphic design at Musashino Art University in Tokyo before relocating to New York City to study marble carving at the Art Students League of New York. Her cultivated sense of color and careful carving ability have brought her crossover fame as one of the most talented restorers of landmark building sculptures in New York, as featured in the New York Times for the Manhattan's historic Hearst Tower restoration. Yoshino has received many endorsements and awards, including that of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the United Nations, the National Sculpture Society, the City of New York, and PBS Channel Thirteen.
In 2008 Yoshino won the Edward G McDowell Europe Grant for the marble statue series “For Earth”, enabling her to study in Florence, Italy in 2009. In 2012, she finished the marble statue series “For Japan” based on the 3/11/2011 Japan Earthquake and Tsunami and subsequent nuclear crisis in Fukushima. In 2013, to honor the 2nd anniversary of 3/11/2011, she had solo exhibition “INORI – pray for Japan” at the consulate general of Japan in New York. In 2014, Yoshino’s 11-feet height “Lovers” monument featured in the Wall Street Journal went on exhibition at Riverside Park in NYC. Yoshino completed “The Sleeping Mermaid", a 15 US Ton (13.65 Metric Ton) bluestone block which is the first classically carved bluestone sculpture in the world. It was installed in 2015 at the Edgewater Harbor garden in NJ. In 2016 she finished "Hudson River Spirit", a 13-feet long bluestone monument for Tarrytown NY. This is the world's largest bluestone sculpture. Currently, she is working a "Holocaust Memorial" to be located in Englewood NJ in 2017.
In a letter of recommendation, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City stated, "All of her artwork demonstrates a remarkable combination of originality merged with a highly refined and sophisticated technical skill."
Public collection :Japanese Red Cross Society
Toyama prefecture, Japan
Selected Scholarship and Awards :2008 Edward G McDowell Europe Study Grant by ASL, NYC
2006 Honorable Mention Award by NPO Pen & Brush, NYC
2004 Scholarship for Best Young Artist by National Sculpture Society, NYC
2003 Merit scholarship by ASL, NYC
1999 Musashino Award by Musashino Art University, Tokyo