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Yumi Climenson

by on April 2, 2015

Yumi Climenson born in Tokyo, Japan on October 26, 1940.

Yumi was born in Tokyo, Japan on October 26, 1940. In Japan, she studied under Ukai Uchiyama, Japan’s master watercolorist.

While she was a student at Keio University in Tokyo, Yumi had already started doing a variety of illustrations for children’s magazines and books. In 1963, Yumi graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts.

In 1964, Yumi ventured to San Francisco, California to study at the Academy of Fine Arts.

In 1972, Yumi moved to San Diego, CA and became a full time artist. In 1974, Yumi put together her first exhibition.

In 1975, Yumi participated in a two artist show at the La Jolla Art Association. She also made guest appearances on local TV art programs.

In 1981, she received the First Award at International Fine Arts Exhibition in San Diego.

From 1982 to 1985, Yumi lived in Holland while studying the works of old Dutch masters. The three years in Holland had a dramatic impact on Yumi’s style of painting that would inspire her for many years after, including the inspiration for above painting titled ‘After Theater’ Amsterdam.

In 1985, Yumi returned to San Diego.

Yumi produced the video “The Colors of Yumi” while winning national and international awards for her artistic talents.

From 1993 to 1996, Yumi’s work was showcased on the cover of Japan’s Seikei Kaishi magazine.

In 1994, Yumi received the Aaron Brothers Award at the 17th Annual Juried Show presented by the La Jolla Art Association.

From 1996 to 1997 Yumi was chosen to head the La Jolla Art Association as president. Yumi also dedicated herself to the teaching of art for the Grossmont Adult Education programs.

Yumi retired from teaching art in 1999 in order to concentrate fully on painting. For her outstanding teaching contributions made to the La Mesa community, Yumi was awarded the key to the city of La Mesa.

Yumi is currently producing a series of instructional videos that will blend local San Diego scenery with basic oil painting lessons. Once the series is completed, these videos will be submitted for air time on a local TV station.

In 2004, Yumi was commissioned to do the Mural painting for the city of La Mesa. The unveiling ceremony was held on September 10.


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