Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Kuo Yang grew up in Seattle, WA and joined the US Marine Corps immediately upon high school graduation. After 4 years of active duty service, he attended the Art Institute of Seattle, receiving his degree in Visual Communications. As a freelance graphic designer, mainly in the desktop publishing segment, Kuo worked in PR, branding, design, and marketing (MarComm) during the “1.0” Tech/IT startups in the mid-90s. This eventually lead Kuo to prospects in entertainment, running a vibrant record label developing artists and landing a distribution deal with WEA (Warner, Electra, Atlantic). However, Kuo eventually returned to what he does best: envisioning, creating, and producing. In that capacity, he was drawn to design/build and construction, whereby electrical signage became the main scope of his work. As a downtown LA resident since 2001, Kuo realized that Councilwoman Jan Perry’s Adoptive Reuse Ordinance brought attention to sorely-needed economics for DTLA. This resurgence, combined with CM Jose Huizar’s “Bringing Back Broadway” initiative, provided incredible opportunity for Kuo, including projects such as Clifton’s, Proper Hotel, The Globe, Piano Lofts, Commercial Exchange, and many others. Kuo’s immersion into these restoration projects – specifically neon – landed him some of the most coveted and celebrated historic neon applications on the west coast, including keeping the oldest continuously-illuminated neon in the world lit while relocating it to the basement of Clifton’s, where it currently resides as a testament to the relevance of neon. Kuo utilizes his experience, relationships, and design background in large-scale historic neon restoration projects to the benefit and legacy of MONA.