Yoko Ono

JPN (1933). Lives and works in New York


Plaza Nautilus
Wish Tree for Cartagena
1981– work in progress.
Installation. Variable dimensions. An interactive artwork,
Ficus Benjamina, tags, wishes

Yoko Ono is one of the most acclaimed international artists today. As a member of Fluxus, her performances, happenings, and installations have become prominent in Conceptual Art circuits. Ono studied music and poetry at Sarah Lawrence College, a renowned liberal arts university. In 1959 she moved to New York and quickly became part of the cultural vanguard. She has used a variety of media in her art—music, cinema, installation, performance, drawing, and writing— always from an experimental perspective. She follows a resourceful economy, taking the greatest advantage of materials and charging them with meaning.

Ono’s work regularly features socially relevant themes such as the fight against racism, homophobia, sexism, the search for peace, social equality, the elimination of social barriers, and finding pleasure in small, everyday details. She is considered a pillar of the feminist art establishment. Wish Tree is a participative work of art. It is a tree that is planted with the intention of pushing the spectator to write his wishes and not stop wishing until the tree’s branches are covered. The installation has travelled
throughout the world, beginning in New York and passing through London, Washington, Japan, Venice, and Dublin, among others. Yoko Ono’s work enjoys a great public and media following. Many are engaged with her message and style of expression. She has exhibited all over the world and is included in the finest public and private international collections.