My work starts with chaos, with confusion. Searching for a clear and pure order, I reduce everything I see to its essence. In order to create a form of harmony and power, I only allow the most important things to have a place.
Creating artwork is my way to exploring life’s richness, and I want viewers to experience this with me. I try to show the essential, so my audience can feel the truth and purity of life. My work brings people to a space where lives are connected. Beyond nations, race, religion, professions, or whatever sets us apart, my images draw viewers into the totality of life, where they feel a sense of oneness.
Artist Bio / CV
I was born and raised in Kanagawa, Japan. After I graduated in 1984 from Sophia Junior College where I majored in English, I transferred to Trinity College in Washington, D.C. and majored in American Studies. I earned BA in 1986 and returned to Japan to work in business. While in Tokyo, I started to take art lessons, and found so much joy and freedom in creating another dimension of the world on canvas. I decided to go back to school to study painting seriously. Participating in the Educational Exchange Program administered by Exchange:Japan, I entered the University of Alabama in 1994, where I majored in painting, while working as a Japanese instructor. These years convinced me of my passion for art. In 1996, I entered the Pratt Institute graduate program majoring in painting, and earned MFA in 1999. Since then, my paintings have been shown in numerous exhibitions. I live and work in Brooklyn, New York.