A product of bicultural life, Yucali was born and raised in Japan but has spent much of her adult life in the San Francisco Bay Area. After spending childhood and youth in beautiful mountain region of Nagano and studying in Tokyo, she traveled to California and obtained a degree in Practice of Art from UC Berkeley (with a minor in American Lit.) with the departmental citation . In the years following, she has traveled and lived in Paris, traveled throughout Europe and Asia. A rare mentorship under the artist/teacher, Jane Rosen (www.janerosen.com) has further honed Yucali's passion for continuing life long journeys to discover and understand the truthful meanings/moments of life through art making.