Yoko Schmidt is an accomplished artist specializing in sumi-e (Japanese ink paintings), as well as contemporary art. Born in Madagascar in 1971, she grew up in Japan and lived in several countries in Africa and Europe. Yoko Schmidt won a number of stipends and awards, and has exhibited widely. Samples of her artwork can be found in public collections in England and Germany, e.g. in the Bavarian State Painting Collections (Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlung). Her sumi-e artwork is now on offer in selected galleries and art fairs across Europe.