Yoko Galvin was born in Tochigi, Japan. She traveled around the world in the 1970’s, visiting Russia, Europe, and Canada, gaining experiences that she has beautifully incorporated into her art. Her unique perspective on life, love, and relationships results in some of the most captivating and inspiring pieces of musical and visual works.
As a visual artist, each drawing of a flower arrangement, Japanese woman, scenery, or kimono is original and signed "Maeda Yoko". Each piece makes careful use of vivid colors and deliberate strokes as she strives to reduce her subject to its most elemental parts, only to build it up anew as a one-of-a-kind vision that is uniquely her own.
As a musical artist, Yoko's lyrics come from a place of determined yet suppressed womanhood. At the same time, her lyrics are framed in haunting melodies, and set within contemporary musical backdrops. Her expressive alto voice provides the range and emotion that lets her stories come alive.
In 1996, she began selling her drawings and paintings to help street youth and support charity organizations. To date, she has sold or donated in excess of 250 pictures to various organizations such as The Back Door, Society for the Treatment of Autism, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Alberta Children's Hospital, Association of Arthritis, as well as to various churches and individuals. Her art has been sold in silent auctions for different charity organizations, fetching several hundred dollars per piece.
Her musical efforts yielded her 1995 debut CD release “A Woman's Tale”, an 11-song collection composed and performed by Yoko, and produced and arranged by award-winning producer Demetrio Navarro. All proceeds from the CD were donated to help people in need. She has teamed up once again with producer Navarro to work on her second CD release, currently in production.
Yoko lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with her husband Philip, where she enjoys being a mother and grandmother.