Goddess Protocol, acrylic, 36 x 60“, 2007

Yoka Mazza

Artist Statement

Let us celebrate our freedom and the strength of control of our blessed consciousness to hear the sound of the wind through the dark with small holes for light under the mask. (Noh-mask: Masugami)


In her work, Yoko Mazza often paints Japanese traditional theatre mask - wood sculpted “Noh” mask. She hopes to transform the canvas into “Noh” theatre and portray "life events and fantasies" using the image of the mask which is, for her, a real “face”, not a “mask to hide behind”, and her unique style - fusion of Japanese aesthetic sense and Western painting technique.

After she graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice of City University of New York, she studied drawings and paintings under Nicki Obrah of Art Students League of New York and National Design of Academy of New York from 2001 through 2003. She also studied oil paintings at Laguna College of Art and Design in 2006, and under Glenn Hisch of San Francisco Art Institute from 2006 through