Joan Mitchell Center

John Yoyogi Fortes

Sacramento, CA
Painting
March 11–May 3
➔ johnyoyogifortes.com

“Ever since I decided to pursue art as a career, I’ve always been curious about who I was as an artist and my connection to the work. It wasn’t until I began painting about my father’s struggle with Alzheimer's and using my Filipino background as a source to inform my art that I realized I was on this mysterious journey of self discovery.”

Born in a taxi on Yoyogi Street in Tokyo, Japan, John Yoyogi Fortes is a Filipino-American painter based in Sacramento. His paintings are often large scale explorations of self that lean towards a whimsical, dark, and obscure world. Fortes’s artwork has been exhibited throughout the US, Venezuela, Japan, the Philippines, and Norway. His paintings are held in numerous private collections as well as in the collections of the Asian American Art Centre in New York, the Nevada Museum of Art, the Triton Museum of Art in California, and the Crocker Art Museum, also in California. His work was included in the International Arts & Artists traveling exhibition, Infinite Mirror: Images of American Identity, which opened at Syracuse University in New York in 2011 and traveled to museums and universities throughout the Eastern United States. 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 a prestigious Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant. In 2018, John was a resident at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, NE.

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Staysis

Staysis

2018, acrylic, pencil, charcoal, oilstick, enamel pen and spray acrylic on canvas, 96 x 144 inches

Angry Tears

Angry Tears

2018, acrylic, pencil, ink, oilstick, enamel pen and collage on canvas, 48 x 38 inches

Untitled

Untitled

2018, acrylic, pencil, glitter, sticker, oilstick, enamel pen and collage on canvas mounted on panel, 13 x 11 inches

Paradise

Paradise

2017, acrylic, pencil, oilstick and glitter sticker on paper, 15 x 11.25 inches

Watch Your Step

Watch Your Step

2017, acrylic, enamel pen and collage on canvas mounted to panel, 15 x 12 inches

Cry Me a River

Cry Me a River

2017, acrylic, pencil, glitter and enamel pen on canvas, 84 x 72 inches

Hell 2 Pay

Hell 2 Pay

2016, acrylic, oilstick, charcoal, pencil, enamel, glitter and collage on canvas, 60.5 x 121 inches

Shroud of Bad Ideas/Parasitic Knowledge

Shroud of Bad Ideas/Parasitic Knowledge

2016, acrylic, enamel, glitter, charcoal and collage on canvas, 84 x 72 inches