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John Yoyogi Fortes


John Yoyogi Fortes studied painting at California State University, Fresno.

His paintings have been exhibited in California, Nevada, Chicago, New York and Norway and are represented in numerous private collections as well as the Asian American Art Centre in New York, the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, Nevada and the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara, California.

In 2001 and 2002, he received grants from the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, one being the Commissioners Artist Fellowship Award. In 2003 Fortes received a Visual Artist Fellowship from the California Arts Council and in 2004 was one of twenty artists nationwide to receive a grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation in New York. Recently, John was nominated for the Alliance of Artists Communities, Vision from the New California Project.

Layered in paint, meaning and humor, John’s work continues to address a broad spectrum of personal concerns ranging from social and political issues such as human rights, the environment and globalization to identity, family and memory.

John currently resides in Vallejo, California.

Selected One*/Two Person Exhibitions

2008 *Grayspace, Reno, NV
2006 Pamela Skinner Gallery, New Work, Sacramento, CA
2004 *Merced Multicultural Arts Center, Merced, CA
2003 *California State University, Stanislaus, Turlock, CA
2003 *University of Nevada, Reno, Reno, NV
2002 *Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA
2000 *Art Foundry Gallery, Sacramento, CA
2000 *Washington Square Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2000 *California State University, Fresno, Fresno, CA
1999 East Sac Art Garage, Sacramento, CA
1998*Galleri S•E, Gladys Nilsson/John Yoyogi Fortes, Bergen, Norway

Selected Group Exhibitions

2007 Toyroom Gallery, Sacramento, CA
2006 Exploding Head Gallery, Sacramento, CA
2005*Exploding Head Gallery, Sacramento, CA
*2003Nelson Gallery, Flatlanders, UC, Davis, Davis, CA
2004*Robert Z. Hawkins Gallery, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV
*2003SOMarts, Re-Mix 2004, San Francisco, CA
2003 San Francisco City College, San Francisco, CA
2003 Asian American Arts Centre, New York, NY
2002 Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento, CA
**200Crocker Art Museum, 73rd Crocker-Kingsley, Sacramento, CA
2003 Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA
2001 Local Humor From the Flatlands, UN, Reno, Reno, NV
2003 Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento, CA
2003 L.H. Horton Gallery, San Joaquin Delta College, Stockton, CA
2000 Triton Museum of Art, Truth and Lies, Santa Clara, CA
*2003Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento, CA
2003 California Arts Council, Drawing on Diversity, Sacramento, CA
2003 Washington Square Gallery, Global Me, San Francisco, CA
1999 Gallery 8, Eight, Sacramento, CA
*2003B. Sakata Garo, S.S K.I.E., Sacramento, CA
1998 Fetterly Gallery, Kalayaan, Vallejo, CA
*2003Matrix Gallery, Body Matrix, Sacramento, CA
1997 Greg Barton Gallery, Digital, Sacramento, CA
1995*College of the Sequoias, El Dia De Los Muertos, Visalia, CA
1993*Visalia Convention Center, Visalia, CA
1991*Francis Puccinelli Gallery, Carpinteria, CA
1990*Fresno Metropolitan Museum, Dead Heat, Fresno, CA ****

Selected Articles and Reviews

Flatlanders, Catalog, Reynolds Gallery, UC Davis 2006
Brandy Tison, “Fortes Forte,” Filipinas, June 2005, p.58
Lisa Millegan, “Artist’s Passage”, Modesto Bee, Dec. 12, 2003
Nils Schirrmacher, ARTWEEK, Oct. 2002
Stateside, Evangeline Fabia, ABS-CBN International, Aug. 3, 2002
Philippine News, “Visual Feast”, Feb.20, 2002
Bob Silva, Scene, Sacramento Bee, Feb. 7, 2002
Julina Togonon,, Aug. 2000
Stateside, ABS-CBN International, July 2000
Anh Lan Hoang, “Layers of Identity”,, June 2000
Philippine News, Metro, May 31, 2000
Jacqueline M. Pontello, “Graffiti”, Southwest Art Magazine, Sept. 1987

Selected Awards

Nominee, Alliance of Artists Communities,
AVision from the New California Project, Providence, RI 2006, 2007
Joan Mitchell Foundation, Inc., New York, NY 2004
California Arts Council, Sacramento, CA 2003
Commissioner’s Award, SMAC, Sacramento, CA 2002
New Works Award, SMAC, Sacramento, CA 2001

Selected Lectures

Identity in Art, Panelist, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA 2005
Merced Multicultural Arts Center, Merced, CA 2004
California State University, Stanislaus, Turlock, CA 2003
University of Nevada, Reno, Reno, NV 2003
Art Foundry Gallery, Sacramento, CA 2002
Local Humor from the Flatlands, Panelist, UN, Reno, Reno, NV 2001
Crocker Art Museum, Youth & Family Program, Sacramento, CA 2001
Washington Square Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2000
California State University, Fresno, Fresno, CA 2000