Yuko Shimazu Yuko Shimazu Yuko Shimizu

Award winning Japanese illustrator based in New York City and instructor at School of Visual Arts.


For the first three years in my illustration career I was pretty much stuck inside my studio all the time, I told myself last year that I will start traveling more and visit different schools in different areas.

So, as a part of my ongoing “resolution” I flew up to Syracuse for a day last week to give a lecture at Syracuse University. Weather in Syracuse was beautiful, but it was a blizzard at La Guardia, I got stuck inside a plane parked at the airport for more than two hours and almost missed my lecture! I have to thank Jen Betton for all the arrangement and extra work because of my delay.

And, I was invited to School of Visual Arts MFA Illustration today. It was such an honor to get invited back to where I graduated, and by my favorite professor Mirko Ilic. And thank you Kim Ablondi for all the arrangements.