Maho Laplante

BROOKLYN, NY

Maho Laplante
ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

Inspired by inorganic structures, Maho uses straight and curved lines to construct abstract images. Alternating between Tokyo and New York since 1998, both cities have informed her work. 

ARTIST STATEMENT

My grandfather was a painter and my mother taught me how to draw when I was a child. I was raised in Tokyo, where things are a little too buttoned-up, clean and orderly for my taste. On my first trip to New York I visited the Guggenheim Museum, with all the colors of the artwork reflecting down through the spiral to the ground floor. I fell in love with the city and moved here to Brooklyn, where I live and work and find my inspiration. I love the subway: urban caves with industrial-organic drips, drops and stains, peeling surfaces and dynamic lines. I’m drawn to construction sites: the hum of activity, the danger, strong lines and bold movements. To me, these are the elements of great painting. I play violin and I love to improvise. For me, abstract painting is improvisation on paper: rhythm, light and shadows, dynamic movement. I yearn to paint depth and flatness at the same time, to bring music into my paintings.

MAHO LAPLANTE

b. 1974, Tokyo, Japan
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
  • 2017Doodle Collage Show, Cafe Le Chalet, Shibuya-ku, Japan
  • 2016Doodle, studiopeanuts.com, Shinjuku-ku, Japan
AWARDS
  • 2003Lloyd Sherwood Grant, Art Students League of New York
Yoyogiuehara
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