Raised in an artists’ community in rural Japan, Yuki has a great love of nature, as well as all art forms. At the age of eight, she moved with her family to New York City, where she quickly learned English and became immersed in the culturally-rich city.
During High School, Yuki toyed with the idea of becoming a marine biologist but got side-tracked when she fell in love with photography. In the end, she decided to follow in her parents’ footsteps and moved to Chicago to attend the School of the Art Institute, where she obtained a BFA in 2000 with a concentration in photography. While in Chicago, Yuki created several bodies of conceptual works using photography and mixed media.
In recent years, Yuki has focused on social and environmental issues and has photographed for nonprofits in Chicago, New York and India. Most recently, she documented the BP oil spill for the Environmental Defense Fund. Yuki is currently working toward an MFA in Social Documentary Film at the School of Visual Arts. As of summer 2011, Yuki is working as an associate producer for a film funded by the National Fish & Wildlife.