About Yaeko Kurimata

About - Yaeko Kurimata


Yaeko Kurimata
Decorative Painting Artist
Owner and Director of Faux Arts Design, Tokyo
Professor at the Fine Arts University Joshibi, Tokyo
Guest instructor at Atelier Nadaï for the Master Class Nihonga - Japanese Pictorial Art

Yaeko Kurimata was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1962.  From a very young age, she used to dress up in a kimono whenever there was a special occasion, whether it was a rite of passage like the shichi-go-san or other such important events.  This kindled her interest in traditional fabrics and led her to study textile design along with space planning at the renowned Joshibi University of Art and Design.

Ms. Kurimata’s desire to use art to create unique design solutions for urban space planning inspired her to become a decorative painter in 1992. Although she was largely self-taught in this discipline, Yaeko’s dedication and commitment to offer quality work have won her the loyalty of many large businesses in Japan. In the year 2000 she established her own company Faux Arts Design. Today, she specializes in commercial projects in Japan and abroad; with her specialized team consisting of 8 full time staff, her company F.A.D. has grown into a leading company and has a reputation for providing outstanding design services that include decorative painting, mural painting, applying plaster on drywalls, wall treatments and silk screening.

Because Ms. Kurimata believes in the importance of transmitting her craft to the younger generations, Yaeko has been teaching at Joshibi University of Art and Design since 2010, working with her students on mural projects for hospitals and other such places.

“Today, more than ever before, people need a nurturing and healing environment.  Since ancient times, interior design has been used to make our lives more comfortable.  World heritage sites worldwide bear witness to the beauty that was created by human hands. 

Today we are surrounded by a profusion of tools and innovations that ay trick us into believing that anything can be done without human intervention.  I believe that nothing is superior to human skills and mankind’s artistic and creative imagination.

Which is why I believe that my company’s role is to provide the positive energy of nurturing spaces through images and colors, and to promote painted decoration as a valuable tool in improving modern life.”

Yaeko Kurimata, owner of F.A.D.
Faux Arts Design
Tokyo, Japan



1982 - 1986: Tokyo Joshibi Daigaku University - Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Textile design
1990 - 1991: Tokyo Fashion Institute of Fashion & Merchandising - Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Space design