Born in Osaka, Japan, Michiko Yao is an interdisciplinary artist, whose work explores the psychology behind the unique social behaviors and fantasies of Japanese women, and the relationship of two imperialisms, Western and Japanese. Her work has been exhibited in many venues including Los Angeles County Museum of Art, REDCAT, Museum of Jurassic Technology, Japanese American National Museum, Orange County Museum of Art, Laguna Art Museum, Museu Brasilelro da Escultura, and Kidang Museum Korea. She is a recipient of James Irvine Foundation’s Visions from the New California 2012 Award. She received her MFA (2009) and BFA (2006) from California Institute of the Arts. She lives and works in Los Angeles.