Yoko Shimizu is a contemporary artist and science researcher based in Japan. Born in Kyoto and raised in the Unites States, she was inspired by the art scene in New York as a child. She studied Biology and Chemistry in Kobe University to utilize scientific phenomena and principles in art. Yoko has received numerous awards for biology-inspired installations that integrate art and science, and has held exhibitions in countries around the globe. She is also a radio personality on international art and music programs in Japan. She has recently won the Arts and Culture Award for her outstanding work and contribution to the art field.