Associate Professor, Printmaking
MFA 2004 Washington University in St. Louis School of Art (Printmaking & Drawing)
BFA 2002 PNCA (Printmaking)
General Certificate 1999 Pierce College
Yoshihiro Kitai was born in 1969 in Osaka, Japan and moved to the United States in 1994. He studied and focused on ceramics before coming to the U.S. He received his BFA degree in Printmaking from PNCA in 2002 and his MFA in Printmaking/Drawing from Washington University in St. Louis in 2004. In his prints, Kitai mixes a Western style of abstraction and a Japanese style of metal leafing, conceptually focusing on his perspective as a foreigner in the United States. Kitai is represented by Pulliam Deffenbaugh Gallery in Portland, Oregon and had a recent solo exhibition at the Portland Art Center. His works are in several public and private collections, including Oregon Health and Science University, the Vivian and Gordon Gilkey Center at the Portland Art Museum and Pierce College in Tacoma, Washington. Kitai’s art has been reviewed in several publications including: Willamette Week, Portland Mercury, Daily Vanguard, and West End Word. Kitai is an Instructor in the Foundation and Printmaking Departments at PNCA.