(Image: Hiroko Sakai, Cat, mixed media on paper,15"x18"; © Hiroko Sakai)
Hiroko Sakai (b. Izuka City, Japan)
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.
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. 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.
Education: BA degree in French from Seinan Gakuin University. BA degree in design and rendering from Nihon interior design school.
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