top of page
Screen Shot 2022-06-13 at 8.52.35 AM.png
Pacific Pathways • Caroline Yacoe • 223 Paiko Drive • Honolulu, Hawaii 96821 • Phone/Text (808) 384-5438 • e-mail:
The Artwork of

Donald Yacoe


Donald Yacoe  had a long career as an exhibiting artist, professor of art and muralist. One man shows in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Honolulu were complemented by exhibitions  in U.S. museums and abroad. Don was a Professor Emeritus at Long Island University, C.W. Post Center, School of the Arts, Brookville, New York  and a former exchange professor at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. A permanent resident of Hawaii since 1985,Don lived and worked in a house and studio on Paiko Lagoon in East Honolulu. He and his wife Caroline, traveled extensively in the Pacific collecting art and filming for documentaries on tribal art, life and ceremonies - which also influenced his paintings.

While these samples of Donald’s work are no longer available they are included here  as a tribute to his artistic ingenuity and for your pleasure.

••• Click on a thumbnail below for a larger view in a new window •••


Many of Don painting from his different periods are available for museum or private purchase  and architectural settings.

••• Click to view paintings •••

"For a number of years my painting had a sense or expanding space with abstract forms pushing to the outer edge of the canvas. For these shaped canvases, now released from the structured frame, the surrounding wall becomes the background. Bare canvas between the painted areas strengthens the paintings value contrast. Small colored abstract images act and react within this turbulent

environment. Oil magic markers introduce a linear element to these varied shapes. These abstract images relate to my long-term involvement with

Oceanic Tribal Art. They are however, of my own creation. These shaped canvases embody my personal concern for current

individual and group relationships. However, they are open to the viewer's

own interpretation.

Previous Exhibitions of Donald's Work Include:

One Man Shows Include:

Babcock Gallery, New York City

Fishback Gallery, New York City

Spectrum Gallery, New York City

Palmer House Gallery, Chicago

Elizabeth Nelson Gallery, Chicago

Landau Gallery, Los Angeles

Pasadena Art Museum

Paul Fachetti Gallery, Paris

Contemporary Arts Center, Honolulu

Hillwood Gallery, Long Island University

Major Group Exhibits:

Museum of Modern Art, New York

Art Institute of Chicago

de Young Museum, San Francisco

Los Angeles County Museum

Denver Museum

Seattle Arts Museum

Pasadena Art Museum

Santa Barbar Museum

Rochester Memorial Art Gallery, New York

Honolulu Academy of Art

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

Tokyo Museum

The Palais Des Belle Arts

Mexico City

bottom of page