Yumi Heo was born and raised in Korea.  When she was four, her mother gave her a box of crayons and encouraged her to draw throughout her childhood. She came to New York in 1989 and received an MFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts.



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Her acclaimed work has been shown both nationally and internationally.


"Original Art Travel Show" Society of Illustrators, New York, 2013-2014.

"Storied City" Katonah Museum of Art, New York, 2011.

"Children should Be Seen: the Image of the Childi American Picture -Book Art" Katonah Museum of Art, New York/ Eric Carl Museum, MA, 2007-2008.

 "The Visions & Voices of Children's Books Illustrator" New Art Center, MA, 2007.

"Stories from Silk Road" The Art Institute of Chicago, IL, 2006-2007.

Children's Book Illustration, The New Art Center, Newtonville, MA, 2005.

Bologna Illustrator's Exhibition: Bonogna, Italy, 2001 / Itabashi Art Museum, Japan,2001 / The Art Institue of Chicago, IL, 2002.

Children's Book Illustration, Storyopolis, California, 1996.

"Many Faces, Many Places: Contemporary Children's Book Illustration" The Museum Art Gallery, The University of Rochester, New York, 1996.