Born in Nagoya, Japan in 1988 and raised in Los Angeles, Kent Yoshimura explores novel experiences through creative engagement. While focusing on a bachelors of science in Cognitive Science at the University of California, San Diego, he competed internationally in a variety of martial arts with his team at International Self Defense, fighting alongside Muay Thai champions in Thailand and training Judo with Olympic medalists at the Kodokan and the Japanese royal guards inside the Imperial Palace.
Throughout his professional career, Kent has directed content for global brands such as McDonald’s, Lego, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, AT&T, Benjamin Moore, Ford, and many others. As an artist, he illustrated Master Davey and The Magic Tea House, which was released worldwide at all Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf locations, and his illustration Lion Lake Lyin’ can be seen alongside artists such as Brian Selznick, Mo Willems, and Ezra Jack Keats traveling across children’s museums. Most recently, Kent was featured on NBC for his large-scale public art pieces.
In July 2016, Kent painted the largest mural in Shanghai, which spans 1820SQFT over the entirety of three stories.
He currently focuses on NeuroGum and public art.
McDonald's, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Sony, Philips, AT&T, LEGO, Ford, Benjamin Moore, Twins Fight Gear, Lumber Liquidators, Cuttle Inc., LA Art Alliance, Booksicals, Artworx LA, City of Altadena, Wava Studios, United Studios of Self Defense, Boston Children's Museum, Tina Cassaday Creations, Freewaves, Los Angeles Metro, Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, The Village Academy, School of Arts and Enterprise, The Drip Club, Hear No Evil Studios
NBC: Artist Hopes Work Sparks City Conversation
TIME: This Man Got Nearly $100 Worth of Free Stuff on His Birthday
LA TACO: There is a Crocodile in Echo Park Lake
NPR: Kent Yoshimura Decided To Enjoy His Birthday
Naked Juice: Pack in More with Kent Yoshimura
NY Times: Historic Warner Grand Theatre adds a playful scene depicting underwater musicians
NY POST: How To Score All The Free Stuff On Your Birthday
Rafu Shimpo: Azusa Street Project Reimagines Critical J-Town Linkage
Yahoo!: How to Celebrate Your Birthday with Free Stuff
LA TACO: Statue Takeover by REBVS
Beverly Hills Courier: Boy Scouts Get Creative For Children In Need
Men's Health: You’ll Be Impressed By How Many Free Meals This Guy Scored On His Birthday
The Eastsider: The Artist Behind the Echo Park Crocodile
Voyage LA: Meet Kent Yoshimura of NeuroGum in Downtown LA
Cosmopolitan: Watch As One Man Attempts to Eat All the Free Birthday Food on His Big Day
LAist: 'Alligator' spotted in Echo Park Lake
VICE: Live Vicariously Through The Guy Who Spent His Birthday Getting Free Food All Over Town
NeuroGum - The first nootropic confectionery brand with ingredients engineered to improve focus and cognition. Successfully raised over 200% of set goal by 535 backers on Indiegogo, and featured in TIME magazine, Dr. Oz, GizMag, Geektime, Food And Wine and many other publications.
Row Gallery - A 501(c)(3) that supports underprivileged artists through both a physical and online gallery space. Partnering with creative non-profits, our online marketplace promotes independence by allowing disadvantaged artists to exhibit and sell their work to a worldwide audience.
Petronome - Whether you're a kid, a pet lover, or a rock star, Petronome is an iphone metronome app that helps you keep time with a meow, a bark, or even a quack. Practice the instrument of your choice to the sound of your favorite animal pal.
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