Yoko Ono (オノ・ヨーコ, also 小野 洋子, Ono Yōko?, born February 18, 1933 in Tokyo, Japan) is a Japanese artist and peace activist, known for her work in avant-garde art, music and filmmaking and for her 1969–1980 marriage to John Lennon. There have been retrospectives of her work in New York City in 1989 and 2001, in Bielefeld, Germany, and the UK in 2008, and in Frankfurt, Krems, Austria, and Bilbao, Spain in 2013. She received a Golden Lion Award for lifetime achievement from the Venice Biennale in 2009 and the 2012 Oskar Kokoschka Prize, Austria's highest award for applied contemporary art.
She maintains John Lennon's legacy, among other things funding and maintaining Strawberry Fields in New York City, the Imagine Peace Tower in Iceland, and the John Lennon Museum in Saitama, Japan. She has also made significant philanthropic contributions to arts, peace, Philippine disaster relief, and AIDS and autism outreach programs. Mother to Kyoko Chan Cox and Sean Lennon, she also brought feminism to the forefront in her music. Her collaborative albums with Lennon Live Peace in Toronto 1969 and from 1972 Some Time in New York City reached No. 10 and No. 48 on the album charts respectively. Since 2003, eleven of her songs, mostly remixes of her older work, have hit No. 1 on the US dance chart.