Keiko Miyamori is a Japanese artist based in Brooklyn, New York and Yokohama, Japan. During her graduate work, she received the Tamon Miki Award for Modern Painting, while studying traditional Japanese painting. After completing her MFA at the University of Tsukuba, she came to the United States in 1995 after winning an award to study in New York.  She returned to the United States again in 1998 to study at the University of Pennsylvania for a year-long fellowship by the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs (known as Bunka-Cho), moving her studio permanently to the United States. She has since showed mainly in Japan and the United States, with exhibitions in Germany and South Korea as well, including the Ueno Royal Museum, Sompo Japan Museum of Art, Art Tower Mito, Taegu Asia Art Exhibition and the Miyagi Museum of Art.

Her art reflects her Japanese heritage, using traditional, handmade Japanese paper known as washi, and a natural starch glue, shofu-nori. By using archaic techniques in conjunction with natural materials, she is able to create her artwork without the use of modern technology, allowing herself to be immersed in the artwork, and for it to connect with the earth that it came from. The connection and renewal of life, represented through the cycles of a tree, is used to explore the idiosyncrasies within surfaces-- beyond not just the physical, but the intangible layers of existence. Layers exist as do multiple surface in the infinite body of time, reaching to even one’s own self.

Through layers of washi, she creates an empty palette, honest in its purity. The charcoal marks only one surface in time and place, but when merged together with objects or other layers, they are given significance and relativity. As the bark of a tree peels, so can the layers of washi on her giving strength and allowing for new growth of what is in between. These layers and surfaces inspired by trees, allows Keiko Miyamori to find connections that create a uniformity within the world. Using resin, she was able to capture the peculiarity of the relationship between man and nature through natural objects suspend in the artificial resin.

Keiko Miyamori is currently preparing for her upcoming Fall shows in New York and Japan, while engaging in multiple ongoing projects related to her Tsunagu series. Her current series is her Portrait series, exploring these connections between humans, finding a unified existence.



Miyamori creating a tree rubbing at the Jupiter Junior School in Naro Moru, Kenya, 2010.

Miyamori creating a tree rubbing at the Jupiter Junior School in Naro Moru, Kenya, 2010.