Katie Yamasaki is a Brooklyn based muralist, community artist and children’s book illustrator. Her work has enabled her to travel and create visual dialogues with Cuban children, Namibian teens, Japanese auto manufacturers and indigenous women inmates fighting for gender equality and non-violence within the prisons of Chiapas, Mexico.
For many years, Katie Yamasaki led Voices Her’d, a public art program for young women (www.groundswellmural.org), where teen girls address critical issues in the form of large-scale public art. Additionally, Katie teaches art at Ballet Tech, the New York City Public School for Dance.
She has illustrated two books and is currently completing Fish for Jimmy, as both author and illustrator. It is a story of two brothers in the Japanese internment camps of WWII.
Katie earned her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City.