Photo: Yukio OzakiYukio Ozaki, M.F.A.

Professor, Fine Arts
Division of Humanities and Fine Arts
(808) 735-4889


Ceramics and 3D Design


Professor Ozaki joined Chaminade University faculty in the fall of 1986. Since 1973 he has established himself as an artist mainly in the medium of ceramics and wood. His art works have been exhibited in museums and in prestigious art exhibitions in Hawai`i as well as in national and international scene. Although he has achieved much in his career of creative field, he claims that he found a God’s provision of real purpose in life for him at Chaminade University. Besides numerous awards in the field of art, he has been awarded some significant honors listed below. He is an active member of Marianist Educational Associates, which (he says) keeps him in a right frame of mind in Chaminade community.

Other notable mentions in art

  • 18 artworks purchased by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, 1973-2016
  • Two works in the collection of City and County of Honolulu
  • One work in the collection of Honolulu Museum of Art.
  • Two works in the collection of the former Contemporary Museum of Honolulu (now part of the Honolulu Museum of Art).
  • Honorable mention in International Ceramics Festival, Mino, Japan, 1986
  • Invited to International Asia-Pacific Contemporary Ceramics Exhibition, Yingko Ceramics Museum, Taipei, Taiwan, 2002
  • Invited to Nikaten, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum, 2003

Academic Degrees

M.F.A. Ceramics, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa
B.A. English Literature, Gakushuin University, Tokyo, Japan

Awards and Honors

  • Five State-commissioned artworks for State buildings between 1978 to 2000
  • Fr. Bolin Faculty Scholarship Excellence Award, 2005
  • Chaminade Award for Commitment to Marianist Values, 2001
  • Outstanding Tenured Faculty Award, CUH, 1998
  • Carnegie Foundation’s Professor of the Year Award, 1998
  • Named as a Living Treasure of Hawaiʻi by Honpa Honganji of Hawaiʻi, 1994