Location: Japan, Seattle, NY/United States
Conceptual, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking
Born and raised in Japan. Her artworks have been exhibited at galleries and in art fairs internationally such as in France, Belgium, Germany, Japan and the U.S., including prestigious AIPAD Shows in New York among others. Misako Oba’s works are in private and corporate collections as well as in public collections. Magazines and newspapers have interviewed her and published articles about her life and art. Received several awards including some first prizes (Please see the list in the ‘bio’). She was also awarded to Artist-in-Residency, and was invited to spend a month at the studio in Pennsylvania and more recently in Wyoming to create the series of encaustic mixed-media work. The latest residency was offered by Brush Creek Foundation of the Arts (USA).
Oba's work explores human life as a journey and is a metaphor for our lives. It is both a deep examination of our soul and an exploration of universal experiences such as human emotions. It also depicts the beauty of life with its transient nature.
She initially launched her art career specializing in photography including traditional gelatin silver prints and toning. However, her professional repertoire has since expanded to mixed media painting, in which she often incorporates text, encaustic, oil, Japanese paper, and sometimes her own photographic images (using transfer and other related photo techniques) in compositions relevant to each series’ overall concept.
She enjoys an artist talk and did lectures to the MFA students, professors and general public.
Oba’s limited editioned monograph (artbook: fine art photography and some mixed-media works with her poem-like text in English/Japan bilingual) “FAUSTUS” was published by Sokyusha, a fine art photobook publisher in Tokyo, Japan. It became internationally available for collectors…
(*For more information and exhibition history, please feel free to download the [bio] located at left in this page.)
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