Born in a taxi on Yoyogi Street in Tokyo, Japan, John Yoyogi Fortes is a Northern California painter based in Sacramento. His paintings are often large scale explorations of self that lean towards the whimsical, dark and obscure.
Fortes’s paintings have been exhibited in California, Nevada, Chicago, New York, Hawaii, Venezuela and Norway, and are held in numerous private collections, as well as, the Asian American Art Centre in New York, the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno and the Triton Museum of Art and Crocker Art Museum in California. His work is included in the International Arts & Artists traveling exhibition, “Infinite Mirror; Images of American Identity.” The exhibit opened at Syracuse University in New York and travels to museums throughout the Eastern U.S.
Fortes has received grants from the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission and a Visual Artist Fellowship from the California Arts Council. In 2004 John was awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant. John was also nominated for the Alliance of Artists Communities, Vision from the New California Project in 2006 and 2007.
Aside from painting, John produces short web based videos through his business, Digital Boondocks. He has collaborated with the California Association of Museums and the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento creating exhibition videos for Bay Area painter, Mel Ramos and Austrian artist, Gottfried Helnwein. Recently John worked with Bay Area artist, Travis Somerville on his Kickstarter campaign to fund Rainbow Warriors, a site specific piece with Earthbound Moon.