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Artist Background

Miya Ando is an American visual artist recognized for her paintings, sculptures, and installation artworks exhibited in museums, galleries, and public spaces worldwide.

Miya Ando’s artworks are a physical articulation of the artist’s contemplation of the cycles of nature and the passage of time; concept, image, and materials are inextricably linked in the artist’s work. The layered, refractive surfaces of Ando’s sculptures and paintings on metal or wood, mirror the impermanent, ephemeral nature of their subject, which is often fleeting natural phenomena: the seasons, day, night, clouds, tides – materialized in ink, pigment, micronized silver, gold, mica, oil, or resin.

Ando frequently chooses multilingual titles for her artworks – a Japanese word and its approximate English translation – to reveal the variations in thought and perception between the two cultures which have informed her identity and experience. Ando’s titles contain nuanced, arcane or literary Japanese words naming and describing the varied qualities of moonlight, rain, clouds, and other elements – language that expresses a relationship to nature and a philosophy of existence not present in the West, which the artist preserves and translates into visual form through her art.

Ando’s work has been the subject of recent solo exhibitions at The Asia Society Museum, Houston; The Noguchi Museum, New York; Savannah College Of Art and Design Museum, Savannah; The Nassau County Museum, Roslyn Harbor; and The American University Museum, Washington DC. Her work has also been included in recent group exhibitions at The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville; The Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Haus Der Kunst, Munich; The Bronx Museum; and The Queens Museum of Art, NY. Ando’s work is included in the public collections of  LACMA; The Nassau County Museum; The Corning Museum of Glass; The Detroit Institute of Arts; The Luft Museum; Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art; The Santa Barbara Museum of Art; The Museum of Art and History;  among other public institutions as well as in numerous private collections. Ando has been the recipient of several grants and awards including the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant Award, and has produced several public commissions, most notably a thirty-foot-tall sculpture built from World Trade Center steel for Olympic Park in London to mark the ten-year anniversary of 9/11, for which she was nominated for a DARC Award in Best Light Art Installation. Ando was also commissioned to create artwork for the historic Philip Johnson Glass House, New Canaan, CT. The artist holds a bachelor’s degree in East Asian Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, studied East Asian Studies at Yale University and apprenticed with a Master Metalsmith in Japan.

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