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Hiroko Sakai

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Gemini360
12 signs series "Gemini" Oil on Canvas 40 X 30 Inches © hiroko sakai
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Despair and Hope Oil on Canvas 18"x36" © hiroko sakai
Lovers360
Lovers Oil on Canvas 24"x48" © hiroko sakai
Thorn
Thorn Oil on Canvas 24"x36" © hiroko sakai
Stillpainting360
Still Painting Oil on Canvas 24"x30" © hiroko sakai
Heretoday360
Here today, Gone tomorrow Oil on Canvas 24"x36" © hiroko sakai
Life360
Life Oil on Canvas 24"x36" © hiroko sakai
Sagittarius360
12 signs series "Sagittarius" Oil on Canvas 24"x48" © hiroko sakai
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YUME-Dream Oil on Canvas 24"x18" © hiroko sakai
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Queer Fruit Oil on Canvas 24"x36" © hiroko sakai
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Hannya Oil on Canvas 24"x36" © hiroko sakai
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Boukyo_Nostalgia Oil on Canvas 24"x36" © hiroko sakai
June_breez360
June Breeze Oil on Canvas 12"x12" © hiroko sakai
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Dear Santa Oil on Canvas 24"x30" © hiroko sakai
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Too many sheep to sleep! Oil on Canvas 24"x30" © hiroko sakai
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Nocturne Oil on Canvas 24"x30" © hiroko sakai
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Anniversary Oil on Canvas 12"x12" © hiroko sakai
Maze360
Maze Oil on Canvas 24"x30" © hiroko sakai
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Metamorphosis Oil on Canvas 24"x30" © hiroko sakai
Applause360
Applause Oil on Canvas 24"x36" © hiroko sakai
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KABUKI Oil on Canvas 18"x24" © hiroko sakai
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Paradise Oil on Canvas 18"x24" © hiroko sakai
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ORIGAMI Oil on Canvas 16"x20" © hiroko sakai
Orientalb5_1
Seijaku_Silence Oil on Canvas 36"x36" © hiroko sakai
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Portrait Oil on Canvas 24"x36" © hiroko sakai
Monob1_1
Virgin Mary Mixed on Paper 15"x18" © hiroko sakai
Monob2_1
Nude Chalk on Paper 15"x18" © hiroko sakai
Moon
Moon... Mixed on Paper 15"x18" © hiroko sakai
Cat2
Cat Mixed on Paper 15"x18" © Hiroko Sakai
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Cat Mixed on Paper 15"x18" © hiroko sakai
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Anniversary © Hiroko Sakai
Nude360
Nude Chalk on Paper © Hiroko Sakai
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Virgin Mary Mix on Paper © Hiroko Sakai
Thorn360
Thorn Oil on Canvas 24"x30" © Hiroko Sakai
Riberation360
Riberation Oil on Canvas 36 X 24 Inches © Hiroko Sakai
Medusa2_400
Medusa #2 Oil on Canvas 24"x30" © Hiroko Sakai
Medusa1_400
Medusa #1 Oil on Canvas 24"x30" © Hiroko Sakai
I_believe400
I Believe Oil on Canvas 24"x30" © Hiroko Sakai
Despairandhope360
Despair and Hope Oil on Canvas 36 X 16 Inches © Hiroko Sakai
Shallwedance400
Shall we dance? Oil on Canvas 24"x36" © Hiroko Sakai
Revealyourheart360
Reveal your heart! Oil on Canvas 24"x36" © Hiroko Sakai
J_evening360
Jellyfisy Evening Oil on Canvas 48 X 24 Inches © Hiroko Sakai
Mystery360
Mystery Oil on Canvas 48 X 24 Inches © Hiroko Sakai
Artist360
Artist Oil on Canvas 30"x40" © Hiroko Sakai
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A door forgotten Oil on Canvas 30"x40" © Hiroko Sakai
Pisces360
12 signs series "Pisces" Oil on Canvas 30"x40" © Hiroko Sakai
Libra360
12 signs series "Libra" Oil on Canvas 48 X 24 Inches © Hiroko Sakai
Aries400
12 signs series "Aries" Oil on Canvas 40 X 30 Inches © Hiroko Sakai
Cancer400
12 signs series "Cancer" Oil on Canvas 48 X 24 Inches © Hiroko Sakai
Aquarius360
12 signs series "Aquarius" Oil on Canvas 48 X 24 Inches © Hiroko Sakai
Lio360
12 signs series "Lio" Oil on Canvas 36 X 24 Inches © Hiroko Sakai
Scorpio360
Scorpio Oil on Canvas 30"x48" © Hiroko Sakai
Dream360
Yume_Dream Oil on Canvas 24"x48" © Hiroko Sakai
Hannya360
Hannya Oil on Canvas 36 X 24 Inches © Hiroko Sakai
Boukyo_nostalgia360
Boukyo_Nostalgia Oil on Canvas 36 X 24 Inches © Hiroko Sakai
Snowlight360
Snow Light Oil on Canvas 16'X20" © Hiroko Sakai
Swan360
Swan Oil on Canvas 24"x48" © Hiroko Sakai
Moon400
Moon Oil on Canvas 24"x30" © Hiroko Sakai
Red400
Red Oil on Canvas 24"x30" © Hiroko Sakai
Flowergarden360
Flower Garden Oil on Canvas 36 X 24 Inches © Hiroko Sakai
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I love vegans! Oil on Canvas 12"x16" © hiroko sakai
Me_bio
Quick Facts
Birthplace
Izuka City, Japan
Lives in
San Francisco
Works in
San Francisco
Representing galleries
Artist Xchange Gallery, AranciatAmera, The Artists Alley Gallery, City Art Cooperative Gallery, Venus Gallery, Femina Potens
Tags
mixed-media, pop, installation, realism, surrealism, modern, traditional, figurative
Statement

I was born in a small town of northern Kyushu island of Japan in early Spring.

I was a shy kid. I liked looking for fairies in grass and reading adventure stories from my gigantic book case. My parents were great patrons of cultures and art and made sure I had many opportunities to grow artistically. It seemed like I have been painting and drawing from my first breath. My school note books are filled with drawings.

My professional art career started in the graphic arts field in Fukuoka, Japan in the early 1990s. After graduating from Seinan Gakuin University with a BA degree in French and Nihon interior design school with a BA degree in design and rendering, I founded Atelier Yume-Tsumugi Ltd. I operated that studio successfully for 5 years. I emphasized working on a variety of projects with varying requirements rather than a distinct style. Many of my works are displayed in hospital lobbies, corporate offices, and commercial building entrances in Japan.

In 1998, I broadened the scope of my endeavors to include projects in the United States. In the US, I decided to start concentrate on oil painting. I had always wanted to paint with oils in Japan, but slow drying oils were not realistic with the short deadlines of my commercial clients. Now I could do it.

San Francisco, with its vibrant arts culture, became my second home and was a source of much inspiration. For a while, I felt disadvantaged because I was a foreigner learning a second language. Now I know that my differences are my strength and I can combine my Japanese and San Francisco backgrounds to produce powerful and unique art works.

When we tap into our powers of imagination, we are blooms of possibilities.
I believe that I am one of the happiest creatures in the world because I have found what I am meant to do on this Earth and what I want to do from now on.

To visit in person - Alfio boutique Italiano

CV

-Born-

Izuka City, Japan

-Education-

Bachelor of Renderling Design
-Nihon Interior Design School, 1993
Bachelor of French
-Seinan Gakuin University, 1988

-Represented by-

ArtistXchange Gallery
3169 16th Street, SF, CA
CityArt Gallery
828 Valencia Street, SF, CA
AranciatAmera
526 Castro Street 2nd Floor, SF, CA
Femina Potens Art Gallery
2199 Market Street, SF, CA
The Artist Alley Gallery
863 Mission Street, SF, CA
Venus Gallery
627 Cortland Avenue, SF, CA
Mad River Post Gallery
451 Jackson Street 2nd Floor, SF, CA
Yuri Shiller Gallery

-Selected Projects-

"Okin the Panda Bear Finds his Family"
Illustration
Feb 2011 - Sep 2011
"The Purr-ple Power Cats Ventures"
Illustration
June 2010 - Feb 2011
Conducted Professional Development in Japanese Art for teachers / Lectures and origami lessons for students K - 6 / Family Literacy and Art Night Event for the Lindsay community
Lindsay Unified School District, Lindsay, CA
March 4 - 6, 2008

PAL21 Shopping Center
Sign Design
Tsushima, Japan
Nishi-Nihon Univ. Hight School
Mural, Tile Mosaic
Yame, Japan
Mizoguchi Museum
Mural, Tile Mosaic
Fukuoka, Japan
Shiranui Hospital
Mural, Tile Mosaic
Omuta, Japan
Arus Nagazumi
Mural, Tile Mosaic
Fukuoka, Japan

Aterier Yume-Tsumugi, LTD.
1993-1998
Fukuoka City, Japan
CEO, Managing Principal

Creative design of signs, trademarks, moscots, packaging material and advertising.
Department of corporate and brand identity programs.
Commercial graphics and illustration, using pastels, charcoal pencil, pen and ink, watercolors, and airbrush.
Architectural perspective renderings.
Tile mosaic design.

-Selected Exhibitions-

Cantina Solo Show
May-June 2010
Groove Salon Solo Show
Apr.-June 2010
Cafe La Vie Solo Show
Mar.-Apr., 2010
BrickHouse Solo Show
Apr.-June 2009
PopPop! FizzFizz! Group Show
Jan 2009
Self Clothing Salon Solo Show
Apr.-May,2008
Chillin Production Group Show
Des 2007
StarBucks Chestnuts St. Solo Show
Sep.-Oct. 2007
SF Honda Solo Show
Jan.-July 2007
Chillin Production Group Show
May 2007
SouthFirst Gallery Group Show
Feb.-Apr. 2007
MadRiverPost Gallery Group Show
Oct.-Des. 2006
Roger Licot Memorial Show
Aug. 2006
Chameleon Cafe Solo Show
June 2005
Cafe Mono Solo Show
June 2005
HCafe Solo Show
Des. 2004
X'mas Tree Lot Group Show
Oct. 2004
YNCA Group Show
June 2004
Yo's SushiClub Solo Show
May 2004
Jupiter Art Group Show
Oct. 2003
Laufen Tile Showroom Solo Show
Sep. 2003
Red Devil Lounge Group Show
June 2003
Start SOMA Group Show
Mar. 2003