Bio

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 a B.A. degree in 1986 and returned to Japan to work in business. While I was working in Tokyo, I started to take art lessons and found so much joy and freedom in creating another dimension of the world on canvas. Then, I decided to go back to school to study painting seriously. This is because soon after I started to paint, I found that there would be a limitation on my creativity if I kept painting just by trusting my sensibilities. I thought that without any background in academic studies, painting frantically would not take me beyond the stage of pleasing myself.

 

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 two-year contractual years made it possible for me to be convinced of my passion for art.

 

In 1996, I entered the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn NY,  graduate program majoring in painting, and earned my Master’s degree in 1999. Since then, I have been devoted to developing and building up a body of oil paintings. Early in the year of 2009, I found it fascinating to create digital drawings using Adobe Photoshop. Digital works can be easily manipulated and presented in a different medium, and I am expecting to show them in various ways. Now I live and work in JapanThe following is a list of my exhibition records, and the awards and honors I have received.

 

Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions:

              

2018      Gallery New Shinkuro, Odawara, Kanagawa, Japan – “Redefining”

2011      Con Edison Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2004      Plum Blossoms Gallery, NYC – “Double Surface”

2003      Domo Gallery, Summit, NJ – “Absolute”

2003      Meru Art Gallery, Brooklyn, NY – “Redimensioned”

2002      Anotheroom, NYC

Group Exhibitions:

 

2018      Gallery New Shinkuro, Odawara, Kanagawa, Japan – “2018 Summer Collections”

2014      Pratt Institute Library, Center for Career & Professional Development, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY – “Decording Digital”    

2011      Online Gallery, Harmony for Peace Foundation, Southeastern, PA – “International Pease Art Competition”

2011      Asian Arts Gallery, Towson University, Towson, MD – “Meditation in Contemporary Landscape”

2011      Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn, NY – “Behind the Rain”

2010      Stamford Art Association, Stamford, CT – “30th Annual Faber Birren National Color Award Show”

2010      LBIF Gallery, The Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences (LBIF), NJ – “2010 National Juried Competition:

                Digital Works”

2009      MFA Circle Gallery, Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD – “Small Wonders”

2008      Alpan Gallery, Huntington, NY – “Alpan International 2008”

2008      Thomas Masters Gallery, Chicago, IL – “thomas masters gallery 15 years”

2007      Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, Woodstock, NY – “Woodstock Biennial 2007”

2007      Stamford Art Association, Stamford, CT – “27th Annual Faber Birren National Color Award Show”

2007      Art Addiction Medial Museum, London, UK – “Medial 2 Art Biennial”

2006      Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ – “2006 Blank canvas Benefit: For Art’s Sake”

2006      Stamford Art Association, Stamford, CT – “26th Annual Faber Birren National Color Award Show”

2004      Mills Pond House Gallery, Smithtown Township Arts Council, St. James, NY – “29th Annual Juried Arts Exhibition”

2002      Amerasia Bank Exhibition Gallery, Flushing, NY – “Oriental Philosophy from the Ink”

2002      Galesburg Civic Art Center, Galesburg, IL – “National GALEX 36 Exhibition”

2001      Artsforum Gallery, NYC – ”Narrative Sense”

2001      Stamford Art Association, Stamford, CT – “21st Annual Faber Birren National Color Award Show”

2001      The Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts, New Castle, PA – “20th Annual Hoyt National Art Exhibition”

2001      Studio 4 West Gallery, Piermont, NY – “4th International Juried Exhibition”

2001      University Place Gallery, The Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA – “ National Prize Show”

2001      Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY – “Breaking the Rules, Art 2001, Tri-State Juried Exhibition”

2001      Dumbo Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY – “Random Access Memory”

1999      GAle GAtes et al., Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY – “Slide Show”

1994      Asahi Seimei Gallery, Tokyo, Japan – “3rd National Juried Exhibition”

               Sponsor: Sankei Newspaper

             

Awards & Honors:

2015      Certificate of Excellence, 13th Online Contest, Artavita.com, CA

2012      Honorable Mention, 4th Art Contest, Artavita.com, CA

2009      Runner-up for JCAL Poetry Contest, Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, NY

2008      Fellow in Painting, New York Foundation for the Arts, NYC

2007      The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, NY

2007      Award of Excellence, Manhattan Arts International, NY

2007      Honorable Award, Art Addiction Medial Museum, London, UK

2006      Jones Award, Stamford Art Association, CT

2004      The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, NY

2001      Honorable Mention, Studio 4 West Gallery, NY

Artworks Registries:

 

Artists Space, NYC

Urban Arts Institute, MA

NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, NYC

The Drawing Center, NYC

Asian American Arts Centre, NYC