John Yoyogi Fortes was born in a taxi on Yoyogi Street in Tokyo, Japan and is a Filipino-American painter based in Sacramento. His paintings are often large scale explorations of self that lean towards a whimsical, dark, and obscure world.
Fortes' artwork has been exhibited throughout the US, Hawaii, Venezuela, Japan, the Philippines, and Norway. His paintings are held in numerous private collections as well as the Asian American Art Centre in New York, the Nevada Museum of Art, the Triton Museum of Art, and Crocker Art Museum in California. His work was included in the International Art & Artists traveling exhibition, "Infinite Mirror: Images of American Identity." The exhibition opened at Syracuse University in New York and traveled to museums and universities throughout the Eastern United States.
Fortes has received grants from the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission and a Visual Artist Fellowship from the California Arts Council. In 2004, John was awarded a Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant. John was also nominated for the Alliance of Artists Communities, Vision from the New California Project in 2006 and 2007.
Aside from painting, John is also a videographer and has collaborated with the California Association of Museums and the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, producing videos of Bay Area artists Travis Sommerville and Mel Ramos, and Austrian artist Gottfried Helnwein. Currently he is working with the Crocker Art Museum on their Block by Block initiative based on community engagement and funded by the James Irvine Foundation.