YUSUKE HANAI was born in Japan in the late 1970s. At the age of 17, Yusuke gained a newfound passion for art after discovering the Grateful Dead's album cover artwork by legendary artist, Rick Griffin. In an effort to capture the spirit of Griffin, Jack Kerouac, and the 60s counter-culture movement of San Francisco, Yusuke left Japan for California in 2003, where he studied illustration at the Academy of Art College.
Yusuke's artistic breakthrough occurred at the 2006 GREENROOM Festival in Yokohama, Japan, when the owner & curator of The Surf Gallery, Will Pennartz, was so impressed with Yusuke's sign painting that he invited him to participate in The Happening's 2007 show in New York City.
Expanding his illustration and fine art vision beyond his nostalgic roots, Yusuke continues to capture the hearts of many worldwide. His artistic works have been exhibited in Australia, Brazil, California, New York, London, Paris, and Tokyo. Yusuke is currently living in Japan, where he continues his endeavors as an illustrator and fine artist.