Yumiko Kayukawa grew up in the small town of Naie in Hokkaido, Japan. In these pristine, natural surroundings, she found her love of animals and nature which later became an important theme of her work. As she grew up, Yumiko drew inspirations from American culture such as Rock & Roll, film, and fashion. These influences are fused with modern and traditional Japanese motifs to create her unique style. Yumiko’s debut as an artist was with a Manga feature when she was just 16. She later attended and graduated from Bisen Art School in Sapporo, Japan. She has lived in Seattle, Washington since 2005.