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YUKO SHIMIZU (清水裕子) is a multi-award-winning Japanese illustrator based in New York City. Shimizu is also an instructor at The School of Visual Arts and has over twenty years of experience illustrating. Her work includes multiple disciplines; from pages of The New York Times, TIME, Newsweek, and The New Yorker to WIRED,  covers for DC Comic, Penguin, and Scholastic, and advertising for BBC, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Intel, Universal Pictures, SONY, Paramount, MTV, Nike, Hasbro, and Target, to name a few. Additionally, she has collaborated with the Smithsonian Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Library of Congress. In 2020, collaboration with Artechouse brought her drawings to large-scale interactive experiences. Yuko is a two-time Hugo Award nominee (2019, 2020), has earned multiple Clio Awards (2023), and has won more than fifteen medals from the Society of Illustrators since 2004. In 2021 she was awarded the Caldecott Honor, one of the highest awards for picture books, for her work on the children’s book The Cat Man of Aleppo (Penguin, 2020). Shimizu was also chosen as one of the “100 Japanese People the World Respects (世界が尊敬する日本人100” by Newsweek Japan in 2009. Shimizu has been a member of AGI (Alliance Graphique Internationale) since 2023.

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Yuko Shimizu
Madame Butterfly On Her Own Terms
Cincinnati Magazine, July 7, 2023.
Pen and ink, digital

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