Born in a taxi on Yoyogi Street in Tokyo, Japan, John Yoyogi Fortes is a Filipino American painter based in Sacramento, California. Fortes’ artwork has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. His paintings are held in numerous private collections as well as the Asian American Art Centre in New York, the Nevada Museum of Art, and the Triton Museum of Art and Crocker Art Museum in California. His work was included in the International Arts & 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, he was awarded a Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant. Fortes was also nominated for the Alliance of Artists Communities “Vision from the New California Project” in 2006 and 2007. In 2018, he was awarded a three-month long residency at Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, Nebraska.