Welcome to StudioYAU | Visual Arts site of Joel Yau

A successful commercial artist, Joel Yau brings to his visual arts a wealth of knowledge and a curiosity to explore new ground. He is accomplished working with oils, acrylics and chalk pastels and most recently in ceramics. Though the subject and medium may vary Joel's well-honed skills as a draftsman and designer are evident in all of his work.

“I've always been inspired by artists who use free expressive marks to create structure. I love John Singer Sargent's seemingly effortless technique and fresh approach to paint, Diebenkorn's sense of color and bold design and Gustav Klimt's sensitivity to line.” Since Joel's work is informed by so many of the masters, his standards are indeed very high.

When not working in his studio, Joel enjoys painting 'en plein air' where he captures the beauty and color of the Northern California landscape. Painting outdoors allows Joel to become immersed in his subject in ways which are not possible in the studio. The immediacy of the landscape and the unpredictable changes of light and weather create a dynamic challenge to the painting experience. Painting outdoors has trained him to make quick and decisive observations, a skill which he now incorporates in all of his work.

Since 1997, Joel has been invited to participate in street painting festivals in major cities in the United States, Canada, China, France, Hong Kong, Germany, Mexico and the Netherlands. These festivals allow him to create large format reproductions in 2D as well as 3D anamorphic designs. His most recent favorites are pin-up portraits from illustrations in the 1940's by artists like Walter Bomar and Gil Elvgren. His skilled hands, outgoing personality and love of this ephemeral art have made Joel a very successful chalk muralist and his work in this arena has won many accolades and awards.

Joel has a degree in Illustration from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and Visual Communications in Advertising from the University of the Philippines. He is a professional illustrator and graphic designer who lives in beautiful Marin County just a few miles north of San Francisco.

For graphic design opportunities, please visit www.joelyau.com

Contact Details

  • StudioYAU
    San Rafael, California, U.S.A.
    Email: joel (at) studioyau.com

June, 10-11th 2017

The Chalk Art Experience | Burnaby, Canada

Dive into the world of chalk art as we transform pavement into a colorful gallery at this first chalk festival event. For more info, click here.


June, 24-25, 2017

Italian Street Painting Marin | San Rafael, California

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of SUMMER of LOVE with chalk art and live music. For schedule and ticket information, click here.


August 19-20, 2017

1st Madonnari Festival Kevelaer 2017

International street painters participate to celebrate the feast of the Madonna at this 1st chalk art festival in Kevelaer, Germany. More info to follow.


October 14-15, 2017


Come see international street painters showcasing their fabulous masterpieces at this annual event. Downtown Square, Marietta, Georgia. USA

More info here: click here

More 2017 Events coming soon. Please visit again!

Visit again for upcoming exhibition. Thank you!