Yu Yoshikawa was born in 1958 in Hofu city, Yamaguchi prefecture. In 1977, while attending Aichi Prefectural University of the Arts, he was accepted into the Spring Soga-kai Exhibition. In 1979, he exhibited in the In-ten Exhibition. In 1981, he completed his graduate studies at Aichi Prefectural University of the Arts, and since then he has been presenting his work independently in solo and group exhibitions. In 1983, he received first prize at the 5th China-Japan Exhibition. In 1988, he exhibited work in Basel, Switzerland. In 1993, he received an award of excellence for his work in the 13th Yamatane Museum of Art Awards Exhibition.