Takemi Tsuruta was born September 26th 1976 in Oakland California. All throughout his life, he has been interested in the arts  from musical and performing arts to the visual fine arts. Tsuruta’s father, an architect, and mother, an educator and pianist, taught him at a young age to recognize and appreciate different creative outlets and aesthetics. In 2009 Tsuruta accepted a teaching position at Diablo Valley College, and in 2015 with Walnut Creek Community Arts. He currently teaches regularly at both studios. He lives with his love, Leslie, and their two dogs, Rocko and Theo in Clayton California.