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.
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.