Taro Yamamoto was born on October 29th, 1919 in Hollywood California. While he lived in Japan for thirteen years, from the age of six to nineteen, Yamamoto is not only considered apart of the New York School of Abstract Expressionists, but also a World War II veteran.
In 1949, Yamamoto studied at the Santa Monica City College before moving east and studying under Yasuo Kuniyosho, Morris Kantor, Byron Browne, and Vaclav Vytlacil at the Art Students League of New York from 1950 to 1952. By 1953, Yamamoto had also studied at the Hans Hofmann School of Fine Arts, rounding out a highly in depth and condensed collection of educational experiences.
In 1952, Yamamoto won the John Sloan Memorial Fellowship from The Art Students League and in 1953, he was awarded the Edward G. McDowell Traveling Fellowship from the same institution, which allowed him to Travel extensively throughout Europe and then present his work through the school’s gallery upon his return.
Solo exhibitions include the Gallerie Huit, Paris in 1953, The Art Students League of New York, New York City, in 1955; Krasner Gallery, New York from 1960 to 1962; and 371 Gallery, Provincetown, from 1963-1964.
Group exhibitions that featured Yamamoto’s work included a show at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, (1951); Stable Gallery, New York City, (1953); Riverside Museum, New York City, (1958); and Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton (1957 and 1965).
Home for Yamamoto was Provincetown, Massachusetts, where he passed in 1994.