Yoshihiro Kitai is a Japanese printmaker, living in Portland, Oregon. We went to art school together, and now we both teach at that same school: Pacific Northwest College of Art.
Since we were in school together, he has ‘burst’ onto the art scene, and his work can be seen online and in person at the Pulliam Defenbaugh Gallery. He’s received some fine reviews; here’s a favorite line from one of them: “Although the gentle miasmas and fog banks evoke Tibetan cloud tangkhas and the mist-enshrouded outcroppings of traditional Chinese landscape painting, the shiny metal leaf (an element in Japanese master drawings) also suggests the bling-obsessed glitz of contemporary Western hip-hop culture.”
I photographed Yoshi in the printmaking studio at PNCA, as he worked on one of his prints.