Bruce Yonemoto Biography

Bruce Yonemoto (b. 1949, USA.) is an Japanese American artist working with video and digital media installation as well as an educator, writer and curator. Yonemoto is currently the professor of art of University California, Irvine. Yonemoto’s career began in the mid 1970s. For about twenty years, Yonemote had been collaboratively working with his brother Norman and created several renowned works in the history of film art. Yonemoto’s new work “Barravento Novo” in collaboration with Eder Santos was premiered at the Starr Cinema of Tate Modern in 2017.

Earlier from 1976 to the late 1980s, Yonemoto examined the effects of mass media regarding its manipulation on individual perceptions of personal identity (sexual, ethnic, and political) and romantic love through watching melodramas, soap operas and TV commercials and the electronic metatext. Since 1989, Yonemoto’s work have been exploring the fields of experimental cinema and video art within the context of installation, photography and sculpture. He is a strong and active proponent for integrating the discipline of media into fine arts. Yonemoto believes that the phenomena of mass media has become a new historical symbolof the domination of human behavior.

Yonemoto has received numerous awards and grants from Creative Capital Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Film Institute, The Rockefeller Foundation, and the Maya Deren Award for Experimental Film and Video. Solo shows include: Getty Museum of Art in Los Angeles (2011);  St. Louis Art Museum in New York (2010); Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia (2007); The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and Design in Kansas (2007) Intercommunication Center in Tokyo (1999). Group shows include: ‘in Los Angeles 1955-85’ at the Centre Pompidou in Paris (2012-2014), aus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin (2013); Tate Modern (2012); Japanese American National Museum (2012); the 7th Gwangju Biennale in Korea (2008); ‘Pacific Standard Time’ at Getty Research Center in Los Angeles (2008); Generali Foundation in Vienna (2007).