Born in Kokura, North Kyushu in 1974, Yasumitsu Lee moved to Okinawa at the age of 27, charmed by the island’s nature, and began his painting career.
Lee decided to enter his first artwork for competition in the Nishiwaki Okanoyama Thumbhole Grand Prix Exhibition when he learned that artist Tadanori Yoko, who he greatly admired, would be one of the judges. Lee’s work ‘ Hawaiian Girl’ was selected as one of the winning entries for the show.
In 2015, after several years of living under the Okinawan sun, the island’s vivid colors began to be reflected in Lee’s works with his series entitled ‘Hana’ (flowers). These images of plants, flowers, and other island motifs eventually led to the forming of Lee’s textile brand Taion, which has a stylish shop on Ukishima Street in Naha, selling interior textiles and lifestyle goods.
Ulalaka is proud to feature the artworks of Eiten Oshiro and to promote him to an international audience.
You can visit Lee’s interior and lifestyle shop at the address below:
Taion Textile Arts
2-3-10 Matsuo, Naha, Okinawa