Yoko Ono is a multi-media artist whose thought provoking work challenges people’s understanding of art and the world around them. From the beginning of her career, she has been a conceptualist with work that encompasses performance, instructions, film, music, and writing. Yoko Ono was born in Tokyo in 1933, and moved to New York in 1953, following her studies in philosophy in Japan. By the late 50s, she had become part of the city’s vibrant avant-garde activities. In 1960, she opened her Chambers Street loft to a series of radical performance work, and exhibited realizations of some of her early conceptual works there. The following year, she performed a solo concert at Carnegie Recital Hall of revolutionary works involving movement, sound, and voice. In 1964 Yoko Ono performed Cut Piece in Kyoto and Tokyo, and published her conceptual art book, Grapefruit and in 1969, together with John Lennon, she realized Bed-In, and the worldwide War Is Over! (if you want it) campaign for peace. She has had numerous exhibitions in museums, including traveling exhibitions organized by the Museum of Modern Art Oxford and the Japan Society in New York. In 2007, she created IMAGINE PEACE TOWER on Viðey Island in Iceland. She received the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement from the Venice Biennale in 2009 and in July of 2011 was honored with the prestigious 8th Hiroshima Art Prize for her dedicated peace activism.