Yamamoto graduated from Kyoto University of the Arts (today Kyoto University of Art and Design) with a BFA in Japanese Painting. During his studies, he incorporated comical, parody-like modern elements into the traditional Japanese art based on antique painting, and became an advocate for Nippon-Ga. In 2013, Yamamoto became an Associate Professor of Arts & Roots at Akita University of Art. He has been an Associate Professor of Kyoto Art at Kyoto University of Art and Design since 2018. Apart from the exhibitions and projects in Japan, he also collaborates internationally with businesses overseas. He has won VOCA Prize 2007, Kyoto City Artist Prize for New Artists 2015, among many more.