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