Yuko Nishigaki was born in Japan. She studied illustration at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

Her work is fun and whimsical, with dark undertones. She pulls inspiration from her own childhood and dreams.


2015 The solo show “Whimsical Box”, Grumpy cafe, New York, NY

2015 The 1st Salon Show of 2015, Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2014 The second solo show “Fox and Scissors”, Grumpy cafe, New York, NY

2012 Phylo Art Show and Game Playing, HiVE Vancouver, Vancouver, BC, Canada

2012 The group show “Holding Sand in our Hand”, The Morgan, Brooklyn, NY

2010 The print show “Printed Matter 8”, Giant Robot, New York, NY

2010 The international group show, “Otherwise”, B2, Philadelphia, PA

2010 The group show “Domo Arigato”, Brave New Worlds , Philadelphia, PA

2009 The first solo show, Grumpy cafe, New York, NY

Awards and Honers

Arteles Creative Residency Program, 2016
Artists Residency program at Arteles, Tampere, Finland   

Creative Quarterly: Issue 17, 2009
Illustration (Professional) merit prize

Henry Derry Leland Prize, 2009
The University of the Arts

Philadelphia Weekly, 2008
Get Smart cover design contest winner

The NAMTA Foundation Art Scholarship, 2007
National Art Materials Trade Association

Sanrio.Co,Ltd, 2002
CD jacket design competition second prize