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Her work is described as
“fantastic dark landscapes” and
“exceptionally beautiful”
by Isamu Noguchi

Koho wears:
Red Suede Biker Jacket 
White Tunic With Bottom Pockets
Red Skirt Pants With Black Squares

SHOP THE LOOK

Her work is described as
“fantastic dark landscapes” and
“exceptionally beautiful”
by Isamu Noguchi

Koho wears:
Red Suede Biker Jacket 
White Tunic With Bottom Pockets
Red Skirt Pants With Black Squares

SHOP THE LOOK

Her work is described as
“fantastic dark landscapes” and
“exceptionally beautiful”
by Isamu Noguchi

Koho wears:
Red Suede Biker Jacket
White Tunic With Bottom Pockets
Red Skirt Pants With Black Squares

SHOP THE LOOK

Koho Yamamoto  - Artist

Facebook: @kohoart
Instagram: @kohoyamamoto

At age 96, the masterful New York-based artist KOHO YAMAMOTO continues to produce her dynamic sumi-e brush paintings, while teaching and inspiring a new generation of sumi-e brush painters. Her work, described as “fantastic dark landscapes” and “exceptionally beautiful” by Art News and Isamu Noguchi respectively, was profiled in a feature by The New York Times and is available for museum and gallery presentation or acquisition.

Born in San Francisco in 1922 as Masako Yamamoto, she along with her family was forced to move to the Topaz War Relocation Center with the outbreak of World War II. At the Utah internment camp, she studied with the renowned artist, Chiura Obata, who was also confined there. In recognition of her skill and artistry, Professor Obata conferred upon her the name ‘Koho’, which is a Japanese tradition of denoting artistic lineage from masters to their outstanding pupils. Obata’s name translates to ‘A Thousand Harbors’ and Koho translates as ‘Red Harbor’. At the close of the war, Yamamoto moved to New York to study painting at the Art Students League and was awarded the Allen Tucker Scholarship. Many of her pieces reflect the abstract expressionist movement afoot at that time.