YURIKO TAKATA was born in the U.S. soon after her parents emigrated from Japan. Her father, as a Japanese soldier in WWII, was captured ten days after the war ended and sent to four years of hard labor in a Siberian prison camp. Luckily, he survived to have a daughter and send her to the Academy of Art in San Francisco to fulfill her dreams of becoming an artist.
After perfecting her skills, she soon started showing her pastels and watercolors both nationally and internationally.
Although her greatest joy is drawing and painting during her travels, her latest body of work involves large paperdolls that explore women’s roles in society. Her CRYING MOM PAPERDOLL shows a woman grieving over her lost son,…she has three possible outfits; an American mom’s mourning dress, a Muslim mother’s robes, and the Christian Mother Mary’s gown.
The WATER CARRIER PAPERDOLL is patterned after Ingres’ THE SOURCE, and shows the unfair distribution of fresh water depending on where you happen to live. Americans enjoy access to one hundred gallons a day while some in Africa and India struggle with ten gallons or less.
For the last fifteen years, Yuriko has served on the National Board of the Women’s Caucus for Art, a non profit organization that supports women in the arts through exhibitions, mentorship and annual Lifetime Achievement Awards ,...giving long deserved recognition to exceptional women in the arts.
Santa Clara California