JJ Miyaoka-Pakola received his M.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute and his B.F.A. from Tyler School of Art, Temple University. In 2012 and 2013, he had a solo exhibition at Lloyd Dobler Gallery, Chicago Ill. and a two-person exhibition at Harbor Gallery, Brooklyn NY. Also in 2013, his work was included in the Victory for All exhibition curated by Paulina Pobocha of the Museum of Modern Art. His work has been exhibited nationally at the Crane Arts Center, Philadelphia, PA, the Roger Brown Study Collection, Chicago Ill., Side Car Gallery, Hammond Ind., Jay Jay Gallery, Sacramento, Calif., and the de Young Museum, San Francisco, Calif. He received a fellowship to be an artist in residence at the Montana Artist Refuge in 2011. In 1998, he was awarded a Cultural Activities Visa for Japan to act and participate as an artistic representative, and organized a studio space for foreign and Japanese artists to create work, discuss ideas, and compare practices. Miyaoka-Pakola currently lives and works in New York City.